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Kenny Zimlinghaus. Courtesy photo.




Kenny Zimlinghaus

When: Saturday, March 14, 9 p.m.
Where: Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St., Manchester
Tickets: $10 – zimlinghauscomedy.com




Cosmo guy
It’s a woman’s world for comic Kenny Zimlinghaus

03/12/15
By Michael Witthaus music@hippopress.com



Admiration of Howard Stern led Kenny Zimlinghaus into broadcasting, but in his current job he feels more like Robin Quivers. Eight years ago, after serving as WFNX Boston’s youngest host and anchoring a popular morning show in South Carolina, Zimlinghaus got a call from Sirius satellite radio.

“They asked me to do this channel for girls, and I said sure,” he said in a recent phone interview. “I thought it would be a good audience — girls have a good sense of humor. … It just went from there.”
As cohost of Wake Up With Taylor! — which originally aired on Cosmo Channel and moved to Stars in November 2013 — Zimlinghaus is in a unique role. 
“I’m not second banana, I’m the only banana ... It’s an interesting position to play, but very rewarding.”
In between fashion and makeup tips, he and host Taylor Strecker banter brilliantly and, with Strecker’s trademark “Hey girl hey!” greeting, field audience calls. Given the insights into the opposite sex gleaned during his time on the show, what surprised him the most?
“That’s a trick question — there are so many interesting facts.” He paused for a long time. “As a guy, you think that women are interested in anything that you have to offer. Then as time goes on, you realize that they want nothing to do with you. They want to milk you — like, really — but at the end of it, they don’t care.  They care on some level, but they’re out to win it.”
Zimlinghaus divides his time between radio and stand-up comedy. He began doing both at the same time and enjoys the contrast each offers.
“I like to connect with people. As modern as everything is, we’re still a tribe,” he said. “I like having moments where we all laugh at the same time and same wavelength. I love the radio show too, but I love the instant gratification of the live show.”
Much of his stand-up touches on the challenges of growing up overweight and unathletic. Comedy started as a coping mechanism. 
“My family split up when I was little and I thought,  ‘Oh, I’ve got to do something with this.’ So I started making jokes … to deal with an emotional problem. It became a skill, and turned into some really funny live shows.”
His said his improvisational style isn’t inspired by anyone in particular. 
“I had role models who were doing really great things, but I loved every stand-up comic … but I never got into trying to mold myself after anyone that was funny.”
Married two years ago, Zimlinghaus recently revealed on the air that he and his wife are expecting their first child. It’s a boy, ironic for a guy who spends most days swimming in a sea of estrogen. 
In addition to radio and comedy, Zimlinghaus is an actor. He recently completed a feature film with longtime pal and collaborator Aaron Wertheimer called Wedgerino. In the movie, two friends are forced into a boxing match to make rent.
“Overall, it has a really positive message that friendship can persevere any wedge that’s … placed in the middle of it,” Zimlinghaus said in a promotional trailer. 
The Kickstarter funded film was shot over 16 days and should hit theaters later this year.
 
As seen in the March 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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