HEY, HEY IT’S HIM
Writer, director and performer Troy Kinne traipses the globe sharing his unique brand of comedy. This weekend, he’s on the Gold Coast
It may not be overegging it to say that comedian Troy Kinne is following in the footsteps of some of the best comics of our time, from Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais to Aussie legend Dave Hughes.
The Logie nominee grew up watching shows such as Hey Hey it’s Saturday and The Late Show and was inspired by their hosts, Daryl Somers and David Letterman.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the people I saw on TV. I would watch Hey Hey it’s Saturday and try to come up with jokes. There’s such a difference between thinking you can do it and actually doing it,” Kinne says.
That moment he realised he might actually have a shot at being a legit comedian came at an unlikely time.
“I did a speech at a friend’s 21st birthday and somebody filmed it. It was one of the first times I had ever watched myself doing comedy. People were responding well to it and I was getting a lot of laughs,” Kinne remembers.
Today, the funnyman has performed across Australia and further abroad, in places such as Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore, and has opened for Amy Schumer by request. He admits that doing comedy for an international crowd adds extra pressure.
“Surprisingly, performing in the US was interesting because although the language is the same, they have different words for some things and it wasn’t until I was doing an act that I realised I had to think of what words I had to change,” Kinne says.
The Victorian lad has also written, directed and starred in his own comedy sketch show, Kinne, which has been on TV’s 7mate for two seasons.
“The show is probably a bit easier (than a live stand-up show) because you can make a mistake and fix it. But in a live setting, once you’ve put it out there that’s it. You have to find out the hard way if it’s going to work,” he says.
He says those who are fans of his TV show will not want to miss this live version.
“I cover a lot of relatable topics; I talk about my mum and dad, family, technology and social media,” he says.
Troy Kinne was nominated for last year’s Most Outstanding Newcomer Logie.