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Comedian Kyle Kinane: St. Petersburg is America's 'new hipster metropolis'

Kyle Kinane

Jesse Grant

Kyle Kinane



Comedians who perform in Tampa Bay don't always have the kindest things to say about their visit. (We're looking at you, Amy Schumer.)

But one comic who does have some love for Tampa Bay is Kyle Kinane.

The acclaimed comic, who's appeared on shows like Drunk History, @midnight and Love -- and is the commercial voice of Comedy Central -- has visited Tampa Bay a few times over the last couple of years, most recently last December while filming the movie Random Tropical Paradise.

And during an appearance Tuesday on the podcast Sklarbro Country with Randy and Jason Sklar, Kinane dished on his new favorite burg during a discussion of comedy in the deep south and Gulf Coast.

"That's one of the best things about doing road trips and tours," he said. "Every town has its hip neighborhood. Every town has its pocket of Williamsburg, be it good or bad. And it's so nice to see somebody like, 'Well, I have these dreams of owning this business, and I don't want to move to a coast or anything. I'm just gonna do it here.'

"My smart money, the new hipster metropolis? St. Petersburg, Florida. I'm almost upset I gave away this real estate tip right here. Because the hipsters are gonna get sick of being cold. You know who likes the beach? Everybody likes the beach. You can dress like an a--hole at the beach if you want to. You could super-dupe it. Because you've only got like one item of clothing, make it dumb, cutoff, SpongeBob SquarePants shorts."

One presumes Kinane is basing his affection for St. Pete on more than just the beach's loosey-goosey dress code -- it could be all the cool murals, breweries, boutiques, museums and restaurants -- but that's still not a bad reason to consider moving here.

The discussion on hipsterism in the deep south takes up the first 15 or 20 minutes of the podcast; Kinane's comments on St. Pete start at 15:51:

It's nice to see a comedian actually take a positive stand on Tampa Bay for once. Jimmy Kimmel once called Tampa "the worst place I ever lived" on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. And following a disruptive and somewhat disastrous performance at the Straz Center in April, David Cross told the A.V. Club "Florida was the low point" of his tour. "I'm not sure I'd go back."

And then there's Schumer, who made waves in her recent book The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by calling Tampa "horrendous" and adding, "I know for a fact that no one who lives there has ever read a book. JKJKJKJK, but kind of not K."

At least we've got Kyle Kinane in our corner.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:00pm]


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