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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - BRI­ANA WOOD­WARD Troy Kinne, South­port Sharks, tonight

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.

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