Kyle Kinane is just downright awesome. He weaves tales that are somehow both absurdly hilarious and completely relatable that make you think "God, I'd love to go grab a beer or 10 with that guy, though I suspect it will only end badly" as soon as you've managed to stop laughing. Watching a Kinane set is like going on a little journey. An awesome journey of laughs, good times and bad decisions. If you're in LA, chances are you can find him at one of those cool comedy shows that takes place in a black box theater, old movie theater, divey bar or cemetary like Holy Fuck!, Venice Underground or Hamclown. Follow him on Twitter at @kylekinane.
"What does 'alt comedy' even mean?" is a pretty valid question. That's why this section isn't called "Alty" or whatever. "The Nerds" is probably not fair to a lot of people who will end up here, but there you go. Life's not fair and all labels suck.
I love Pete Holmes and so should you. He's charming and affable and very tall. His persona is that kind of dorky dad that you adore but are super embarrassed when he tells jokes about being gay for Ryan Gosling in front of your friends. He's so uncool, he is cool. And he's always having such a delightful time when he's onstage, you'd have to be dead inside not to be having fun, too. Besides being hilarious onstage, his Twitter is hysterical - full of absurd statements and so-bad-they're-good puns. Not to mention, he's the host of one of my 3 favorite podcasts - You Made It Weird. If you're in LA, you might catch Pete at the Improv or Laugh Factory, but he also does a bunch of very cool shows in little rooms, many of which are free.
T.J. Miller is a fcking weirdo. An amazingly awesome, hysterical weirdo. The first time I ever saw TJ onstage was on a Laugh Factory show, which he arrived for in a gigantic limo with moster truck wheels. He then went up and crushed with a set that encompassed one liners, word play, story-jokes and 4th-wall breaking meta shit. It was pretty awesome. I've since had the pleasure of seeing a lot of him, including the taping of his Comedy Central series Mash-up, a multimedia experience that blends stand-up sets with animated and live-action "visualizations" of the jokes, themselves. You can find him on Twitter at @nottjmiller, regularly at the Laugh Factory, on his bi-monthly show Performance Anxiety at The Pleasure Chest, his Hangover Brunch series at Cinefamily and a billion other places.