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The marriage of music and comedy is often an uneasy one, as countless bands and stand-ups have found over the years. But when it’s done right (see David Cross and his early 2000s Sub Pop tour, Bonnarroo’s comedy tent, South by Southwest, etc.) it provides a unique space in which the two art forms complement each other– or at least a drunken variety show in which it’s impossible to get bored.
Droll New York comedian Todd Barry’s most visible roles have been in friends’ projects, like Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” (as smug deli manager Wayne), Louis C.K.’s brilliant, eponymous FX show and HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” — in addition to dozens of late-night talk shows, hip music festivals and Adult Swim cameos.
We catch up with New York-bred stand-up Aziz Ansari, who has shown up seemingly everywhere in the past year or so. From hosting the MTV Movie Awards last June to memorable turns in “Funny People” (as the bro’d-out dick-joker Randy) and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Ansari hasn’t wanted for mainstream exposure.
We talk to Chicago-bred Kyle Kinane, who’s no stranger to playing for stand-up nerds, having toured nationally with indie comedy heroes such as Patton Oswalt (“The Comedians of Comedy”) and Brian Posehn (“Mr. Show”). But Kinane’s style isn’t all “World of Warcraft” references and hipster baiting: his gravel-voiced observations are devastatingly funny in their directness and his self-effacing manner is more relatable than off-putting.