A talk w/ 22 year Pro World Touring Comedian Kyle Grooms
Written by Jennifer Gable
So we’re sitting downstairs here at Dangerfield’s Comedy Club in NYC w/ Kyle Grooms & it’s so funny because I heard you the first time on Sirius XM comedy channel and thought you did a really funny joke about like a drug deal gone wrong or something I remember.
Ya, that was a true story. It was my sisters house that got raided by the cops. I came out’ve school that day and went to my sister’s place. And I was in the bathroom sitting on the toilet at the time it happened. And the cop kicked the door down and I was on the toilet. That was a crazy day.
How long have you been doing comedy?
*cough cough* Uh, What year is it?? Let’s see I started in 95 and it’s 2017 so that makes it 22 years.
Wow, that’s a long time And you perform all over! I see you’re doing Laugh Factory soon in Los Angeles.
Ya, I go all over and try to do Shows quarterly places.
I like this club Dangerfield’s although I feel like it’s haunted.
Haha, ya it does have that vibe and the waitstaff is kind of old. But it’s weird comics hate on this Club. Good Comics just started working here because they opened up the booking.
I’ve always liked Dangerfield’s because they give you 20 minutes on stage, the ceilings is low, the lighting, it’s an actual Spotlight.
Yeah I read when the ceilings lower, people laugh more.
People laugh more yeah exactly things like that and when the energy is captured in the room and you feel them immediately like a little pressure cooker as opposed to the high ceiling venues.
Warehouses and stuff. Sometimes they don’t work as well. Depends on how the sound is.
How did you get into comedy? Where did you start?
I started in Miami. I was doing it because I was always a fan of comedy and I was always funny. So I started doing it and once I got funnier I was like, ‘Hey, I should do this full-time.’ I quit my job in 2000. And I haven’t had to take a day job since.
Ya, I just got one of my first road gigs where they’re paying me!
Cool, you have to be clean there right? I’ve heard of that place.
Ya, so I noticed you also have a huge repertoire of stuff you do. You do clean, &,….
Ya, I’ve always had a mix of stuff for some reason. My style is just a mix of different things I do. I have a utility belt of things I can do.
How do you find material?
Truth. One of the first things I realized when I moved to NYC from Miami is I realized I had to get rid of all my tacky stuff. But I always had a similar style. And I wanted to be a little different from everyone else too ya know what I mean. I like real stuff. I like socially conscious stuff. That’s the kind of hip-hop I grew up listening to.
Do you have a special?
I have an old one. And I did a Comedy Central half-hour special. And recorded a few CDs here and there. I’m cooking up for an hour special. It’s just a matter of who’s willing to Produce it?
Maybe you should Produce your own!
It’s not that expensive to do now. And you can do specials now in small venues. I’ve seen people do that. And Comedy’s been done now in bar type places.
So you go on the Road a lot.
And I work a lot of Clubs that work me now. You make your living in the spaces that know you. I haven’t done the Cellar in awhile since I live in Miami.
There isn’t much of a scene yet in Miami. There’s lots of younger Comedians there mostly under 5 years. And I’m helping to grow it there more.
Where else in the World have you performed?
There’s a guy that opened up a Club in Shanghai, China I went to. Let’s see,…Sweden, Australia, Scotland, Duabi, Qatar, Coasta Rica,….Comedy is getting bigger now all over the World. Vietnam has a club now. And more regular looking people are becoming stars in Comedy too now. And I think people are listening to what Comedians are saying more now. And there’s a scene in every city you go too.