Hangover Actor Joins Online Comedy Contest
Actor from the hit movie "The Hangover" enters the Improv's Up Yours online comedy challenge.
- (1888PressRelease) October 26, 2011 - Stand up comedian Keith Lyle, featured in the top grossing and Golden Globe winning comedy "The Hangover" has joined the Improv Comedy Club's Up Yours competition. The contest uses social media to find the next "big thing" in comedy.
"I've been doing stand up for a few years now. Getting into the whole show business thing," said Lyle. "I like the the idea of this contest. It's not based on the club politics, the name of your manager, or who you know. It's how many know your funny."
When Lyle booked "The Hangover", he had barely started performing. "I had been doing improv training at Second City Las Vegas for a couple of years and done a little bit of stand up," remembers Lyle. "At the time, I didn't think the movie was going to hit that big. Todd Phillips, the Director, knew he had something special. The other actors knew it was good stuff."
Lyle played the blackjack dealer in the film's pivotal scene. "It's the only semi-serious scene in the movie," said Lyle. And his 4 lines didn't steal the scene either. "But it was 4 lines in a better movie than a lot of actors made that year." Lyle must have impressed Phillips. In the director's commentary on the DVD release, Phillips said Lyle was "Funny, and a good actor".
After shooting, Lyle turned his attention to doing stand up. "I spent some time talking to Zach Galifianakis about the world of comedy. He offered some great insights. After we spoke, I really wanted to immerse myself into the lifestyle," commented Lyle.
From an early age, Lyle has always wanted to be a stand up. But like most people, he was afraid of getting up in front of crowds. His friends and family didn't offer him much encouragement either, noting the long odds of "making it". The desire never left, and now Lyle has them believing. "I love it when friends and family come and see my act," Lyle humbly remarked. "Who's laughing now? That would be the audience... Laughing at me, making fun of you.
Lyle stand up career is going well, having just come off the road as the feature act for headliner Don Barnhart. "I am fortunate to be able to work with Don. He is a fantastic comedian, and more importantly, a great guy," said Lyle. "I've learned tons, and he's made me a better comic."
Social Media is something Lyle knows all about, boasting almost 40,000 Twitter followers. It all started on the set of the movie "Get Him to the Greek". While working on the film as a stand in, Lyle asked star Russell Brand if he was going to tweet that day. "Next thing you know, he asks my Twitter handle. Then tweets out that we are partying on the Las Vegas Strip," he recalls. "I think I had 10,000 followers instantly just from that. He has a haedcore fanbase."
Lyle claims that the key to Twitter is posting items of relevance, and keeping in contact with your followers. "I always make a point of interacting with my followers," says Lyle. "It's called social media for a reason. I try to thank people for retweeting my stuff and try to retweet theirs. That's what it's all about."
Lyle recently hosted a week each of the popular Twitter attractions Tweet the Joke and Dear Comic.
Keith Lyle can be found on Twitter at ( @ ) funnykeithlyle and on Faceboook at http://www dot facebook dot com/funnykeithlyle dot
You can vote for Keith Lyle at Improv's Up Yours Contest at http://www.improvcc.com/index.php/videos/view?id=35