Byron Kennedy

Jun 23

Byron Kennedy



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Encouraged to remove himself from a highly successful career in radio and the music business, Byron Kennedy's comedy trajectory has taken him from open mic nights, to featuring in Las Vegas, and now headlining. And the explanation for his fast start is exceedingly simple: "I f#*king hate meetings."

Declared the “Leonardo DaVinci Of Radio” by broadcast legend Howard Stern for naming an upstart radio station "Howard 93-7," Kennedy built an impressive resume at a CBS Radio and, later, a top Nashville record label. Happily, it made him miserable. "I kept getting promoted into executive roles and felt like an impostor," he says. Dragged onstage at an open mic night, he heard his calling. "I did two shots, told a few stories and got some laughs. Then we went out and celebrated like I'd just killed it on The Tonight Show. The next morning, I was certain this was all I wanted to do."

Kennedy's irreverent, observational style and natural storytelling flair gelled quickly. "When I started leaning into this thing, doors just started to open," he says. "I can't explain it. And When you land that first laugh, there's no turning back."