Andy Kindler seems like the kind of comedian that you might recognize if you’ve ever watched some of his routines, but otherwise he might fade into the background a bit. Comedy being what it is to so many different people, it’s easy to think that he might be worht watching but is still subject to the differing views of his audience and might have to put up with what they want even when it’s not him. Comedians tend to rise and fall with their audience, as people will embrace one comic on one day and then switch over to another voice the next day. That might seem a bit dramatic but in the world of comedy that seems to be how quick it can happen.
The trick seems to be how to stay funny and still evolve along with what people want.
5. His routine is usually criticizing other comedians.
This could be taken a few different ways but critiquing comedians seems like it might be something of a challenge. Kindler no doubt has hands full when it comes to making up the material he needs to work with but the idea of it is kind of fun since it means he has a great sense of humor about his career. Those that laugh along with him are obviously those that understand that comedy is pretty much all-inclusive at times.
4. He once offered $1 million to anyone who could prove that Whoopi Goldberg was funny.
You can imagine that a lot of people stepped forward in an attempt to get that money, but when humor can be so subjective it’s likely a prize that wasn’t easy to collect, if it was ever doled out to begin with. Some people think Whoopi is hilarious, while others can’t stand her and thought her attempts at humor were something best left unwritten and never delivered. Maybe someone should have pointed out the movie Loaded Weapon 1.
3. He’s performed on HBO.
At one point this used to be the pinnacle of a comedian’s career when they managed to get on TV. Now it’s still something to be proud of but it’s not the absolute top of the hill anymore. However it’s still a point of prestige since not just anyone can get out of the clubs and onto the screen where the exposure increases exponentially. Anytime a person gets on a major network for anything it’s something to be proud of.
2. He’s guest-starred on Everybody Loves Raymond.
This would be another feather in the cap for any comedian or actor. Andy was a recurring character on the show as a fellow sportswriter. He showed up occasionally when needed and was an onscreen friend to the lead character, Ray.
1. He’s been an active comedian since 1987.
He’s not new to the game at all. Andy has been around for a while and has been doing his thing since a lot of us were still kids, so he’s got the experience and the understanding of how to be funny. His career is still something to be impressed by but at this point it might seem like the next generation of comedians are starting to make their way forward.
There’s always room for a seasoned pro though.