Saturday, May 28, 2016

An Interview with Comedian Kyle Dunnigan

You may not have heard the name Kyle Dunnigan before, but I'm pretty sire you know who he is. Most people know Kyle by the name Craig from Reno 911, but he is also the man behind the Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, and Perez Hilton voices on the Howard Stern show and he writes for Inside Amy Schumer. He also does stand up and has appeared on everyone's shows from Conan to Jimmy Kimmel.

I fell in love with Craig when he came into Howard Stern to talk about his life and do some impressions during the news. Howard Stern interviews can make or break a celebrity for me. If you're good on his show, I fall in love with you even if I wasn't previously a fan. And if you are bad on his show, I lose my boner really fast, even if I was previously in love with you. Kyle did more than keep up when he was in the studio with Stern. He had me laughing so hard I was crying. His Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump impressions will blow you away! You can listen to a clip of Kyle on the Stern show here.

You can also see him live at The Crofoot on Tuesday, May 31st. I'm excited to see more comedians coming through Detroit lately! We need to show them some love when they come to town so that they keep coming back!

I had a chance to ask Kyle a few questions about himself. Check out what he had to say and check out his set on the 31st if you want to have a good laugh! 

HID­- What is your favorite impression to do these days? Trump, Perez, Caitlyn?
KD- "I think I like doing Caitlyn the most. Maybe because it’s newer. I get bored fast."

HID­- What was like it like when you sat in studio for the news on the Howard Stern show? Does Howard talk to the guests off the air? What is the studio like? GIVE US DETAILS!
KD- "Yes, he’s very nice off the air. It was very surreal. I kept thinking “what am I doing here?” “How did this happen.” It felt like a weird dream more than anything else. The studio is pretty narrow. Robin sits across from everyone behind glass. Not sure why she’s behind glass."

HID­- What is your most "I can't believe I’m doing this" moment in show business so far?
KD- "Ha, refer to last question. Also I got to go on stage with Billy Joel last year. That was a highlight and very full circle, because I was kicked off his stage when I was 18."

HID­- What do you like about doing stand up as opposed to movies, shorts or skits?
KD- "Stand up is great because you have total control. Not necessarily of the performance, because the audience is so important, but of the material. There’s a lot of notes when you do movies and TV. They all have good aspects though."

HID­- How do you handle hecklers?
KD- "I let them talk and really listen to them. They’re usually drunk and say something I can grab onto."

HID­- Who are your comedy idols?
KD- "Brian Reagan, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Dana Carvey. There’s more, but you get the idea."

HID-­ What is the first piece of writing that you actually sold?
KD- " was a cast member on a Fox sketch show in 2002 and they bought two sketches I wrote."

HID­- What’s your favorite late night talk show to appear on and why?
KD- "I like Conan. To me he’s the funniest of them all. You can add him to my idols list."

HID-­ You're not from Detroit, so I always like to ask outsiders what their perception of Detroit is?KD- "Car manufacturing. And car manufacturing leaving Detroit."

HID-­ How do you write? Do you have to be alone, do things come to you during the day? Are you a morning person a night person? Is there a process to it?
KD- "I get a little obsessed when I decide to write something. I miss meals because I’m not paying attention to time. I was up until 4 a.m. last night. I might need therapy soon. I’ll keep you posted."

HID-­ What is the one piece of advice you would give someone who wants to be a comedian?
KD- "Remember it’s supposed to be fun. I forgot that a few times."

HID-­ Give us one good reason we need to come see your live show?
KD- "Free candy after the show."

HID-­ Is there anything else you would like to tell your Detroit audience?
KD- "Don’t sit home and watch tv. Come to my show. There will be a lot of single people there. Think of it as a mixer."

Tickets for the show are only $14 in advance and $16 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m. with Wes Ward and Raymond Hollifield Don't miss it, we hear there is going to be free candy!

P.S. if you cant make it to the Crofoot show, you can catch him the next night June 1st in Grand Rapids


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