WRITING JUST FOR LAUGHS
Troy Kinne has been flat out coming up with new ideas, guests and a modern take on the second season of his hilarious sketch show
Last year he was credited with reviving sketch comedy, and Troy Kinne’s been working overtime to make his second season appear as effortless as the first.
“These days it’s got to look like it was done on the fly, no mucking around. People don’t want to see something that’s had too much effort put into it,” he says, with a laugh. “Which is ridiculous, obviously.”
Kinne has brought some high-profile mates along for season two of Kinne. Close friend Josh Lawson once again collaborated in the writing process (“anything he or I work on, we always help each other whether it’s credited or not,”) and Gold Logie nominee Andy Lee joins the cast.
“I’ve been mates with Andy for a long while,” Kinne says.
“After series one, we went to Toronto for Josh’s film The
Little Death, which was showing at the festival, and Andy came too. Josh was wrapped up in doing publicity for the film, so Andy and I hung out every day, and had a ball.
“He actually said to me, by the way, I’d love to do some stuff in Kinne if you’d have me. It was one of those things where the next day I had to bring it up again because we’d had a few drinks. ‘So, when you said you wanted to be in Kinne, was that just because you’d had a few drinks?’ And he said, mate I’d absolutely love to. He came and did a few sketches, it was awesome. I forgot how much energy that guy has when he’s on set. You can’t shut him up, it’s great.”
Lee isn’t the only famous mate to crop up in Kinne’s conversation. Another comedian, whose stand-up and sketch show finds acclaim in the US, is an inspiration to Kinne ... and she’s a mate.
“I’m actually friends with Amy Schumer. I actually just texted her before saying I mentioned her in one of my radio interviews, so I expect her to do the same,” he jokes. “I did some gigs with her in Sydney and in LA.
“Essentially she’s making a sketch show, and so am I. Not much difference between what we’re doing. But she has a team of 30 writers, a team of 20 people to take over Facebook, you know. I don’t say that in a whingeing or complaining way. I think with our show, the look of it benefits from such a small group. It’s got that matey vibe which we want to keep.”
Kinne’s writing team is compact, as you might expect in Australian TV-land, where resources are comparatively scarce. It consists of Kinne, fellow director Max Price, Lawson and a handful of others.
“It’s a good little team. It’s not a huge bunch of writers, but for how fast we get things done it suits us not to overload or have too many people putting ideas in.”
Much of Kinne’s comedy centres on relationships, and the various ways the sexes interact these days.
“It’s funny, I don’t have a girlfriend or anything, but I do find myself experimenting on social media,” he says.
“Max, who’s a bit younger – he’s 24, I’m 37 – he’s a lot more finger-on-the-pulse with the social media stuff.
“There’s material there, and you need to stay on top of it, because it does generate something that everyone can relate to.”
Max Price and Troy Kinne star in comedy sketch show Kinne.