Comedian Kyle Kinane will return to the Comedy Attic at 8 p.m. Thursday after most recently headlining the Limestone Comedy Festival at the Attic in 2015. Doors open at 7 p.m.
His return includes the Thursday show and two performances Friday and Saturday.
Kinane is known for his recent appearances in Judd Apatow’s Netflix series “Love” and Comedy Central’s “Drunk History.”
Owner of the Comedy Attic Jared Thompson said Kinane’s career success acts as a reflection of the Comedy Attic’s presence in Bloomington.
“Kyle’s rise in the comedy business has been almost a mirror image of the Comedy Attic growing,” he said. “Every year we’ve become more and more of a destination.”
Kinane’s first comedy album, “Death of the Party,” was released in 2010. Since then, he has released two more albums — “Whiskey Icarus” in 2012 and “I Liked His Old Stuff Better” in 2015, which were both released as DVD stand-up specials as well.
Outside of stand-up, Kinane has appeared on Comedy Central shows such as “Drunk History” and “@midnight.” His voice has been featured on Comedy Central and shows such as “Aqua Teen” and “Bob’s Burgers.”
He has performed stand-up on shows such as “Conan,” “Last Call with Carson Daily” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Thompson said Kinane’s success is mainly due to his stand-up career, whereas most comedians get their start outside of stand-up.
“With Kyle, yeah he’s done other stuff, but the notoriety that he’s gained has been through experiencing his show live,” Thompson said.
His performance and in-person stage presence is an experience that someone has to see live, Thompson said.
“He just takes over a room in a way very few people can do,” he said.
Thompson said the Comedy Attic brings Kinane back almost every year since they opened, and every year he’s become more popular as his reputation grows in the comedy community.
When they first booked Kinane he was opening shows for bigger names like comedian Patton Oswald and just starting to make a name for himself, Thompson said. At the same time, the Attic was just getting up on its feet.
Thompson said having Kinane here is a reminder of how far the Comedy Attic has come.