Kevin James Doyle’s debut show The 30 Year Old Virgin is now available as a comedy special to stream into your own home. MoodyComedy chats to Kevin about the origins of the show…
Hi Kevin, how has 2020 been treating you lately?
I live in New York and March, April and May were really, really terrible. I rarely left my apartment and you heard ambulance sirens all day. Now people are taking the virus seriously but there is less heaviness hanging over the city. Also, Autumn is my favourite season and there is outdoor dining at most restaurants which is nice. And it was just my birthday a few days ago. So lately, it’s been ok.
You recently filmed your comedy special The 30 Year Old Virgin; how and when was that recorded?
I recorded it at a beautiful church in NYC called Calvary St. George’s back in January. I knew they were friendly to the arts but I was a little nervous because the content of the show is not what I would call church appropriate. The room had a comedy-club-in-Game-of-Thrones feel which I thought fit the vibe of the show. The first night a reverend with the collar and everything was in the front row and I was just crossing my fingers he didn’t shut the taping down as I was talking about blow jobs.
What is the premise of this show?
I grew up in a Christian home, I was saving sex for marriage, I got engaged, called off the engagement a month before the wedding and found myself living in New York City a 30 year old virgin. A lot of the stories and jokes I had been working on fit within similar themes and then without spoiling anything, once I had sex for the first time it was quite a medical and emotional roller coaster and I thought… there it is… I have the ‘climax’ for my show.
Will your ‘TalkBack’ interview events be covering topics you discuss in your special? What can people expect from these interviews?
I was excited to discuss my show and the work of other people I respect. I wanted some way to bring people together to talk about the themes from the show because I think they are things everyone has experienced… love, guilt, pleasure, break ups. Even though the story is specific to me, I think everyone relates to 90 per cent of the show. Even if most people aren’t virgins at 30, they are fascinated by it and everyone has something unique about their sex life. Hopefully it wet your appetite to go watch the special. The most exciting thing about these interviews is that they are not recorded, they are happening live and we take questions at the end, so you can put me on the spot.
Have you been working on any other comedy projects during lockdown?
I host a podcast with a few friends called The Bradshaw Boys. We are three guys watching Sex and the City for the first time and we are approaching the end of season six now. It has been an amazing journey and a great thing to do in quarantine because it gives us a chance to watch TV and hang out for a few hours each week. We transitioned to Zoom calls for the podcast pretty easily. Since Covid we have had on Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and a few other cast members. I think moving to recording with Zoom has made the podcast even better because it makes scheduling stars like them much more easy.