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Kyle Kinane (multiple showtimes)

  • Comedy Club on State 202 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Kyle Kinane fuses crudely hilarious confessional humor and relatively liberal (but mostly apathetic) political commentary in his rapid-fire stand-up style. On his latest record, 2016's Loose In Chicago, Kinane wonders if a mass shooting would be so bad if it was against the Westboro Baptist church while comparing open-carry guns and open carry-beer, before admitting he's tapped out of political arguments that are "a drag" to instead hunt ghosts and aliens. In other words, politically he's "super liberal, but supernaturally, very conservative." He's deceptively clever, especially when connecting his own life and mortality to pop culture, and often catches audiences off-guard with wordplay and turns of phrase peppered through his longer-form jokes.

For a taste of other Kinane material, you can check out his many appearances on the comedy podcast circuit, from Comedy Bang! Bang! to WTF with Marc Maron and The Nerdist. As a Chicago comedian, he stutters knowledgeably about the Haymarket Affair for Comedy Central's Drunk History, and his voice acting work can be heard in guest spots on Bob's Burgers and Adventure Time. —Reid Kurkerewicz