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Communication Breakdown: Don Jamieson On His Evolution As A Standup Comic

Communication Breakdown: Don Jamieson On His Evolution As A Standup Comic

If you are a fan of hard rock and heavy metal, you probably already know the work of comedian Don Jamieson. Alongside his long time writing partner, Jim Florentine, and radio icon Eddie Trunk, these metal aficionados became legends in their own right as the hosts of VH1 Classic’s long-running and highly acclaimed series, ‘That Metal Show’. Crisscrossing the nation with more gigs per year than any hardworking metal band on the scene, Don Jamieson lives and breathes rock ‘n’ roll. Named one of the top 10 metalhead comedians by Revolver Magazine, Jamieson has captured some of his most irreverent work to-date on his third album, ‘Communication Breakdown’. Recorded at The Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, ‘Communication Breakdown,’ available now from Metal Blade Records, is the legendary standups’ third live comedy album and ushers in a new era of comedic storytelling to his already fierce arsenal of sidesplitting funny material. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with the comedian to discuss his evolution as a standup, the current state of comedy, and what the future might hold for one of comedy’s (and metal’s) brightest stars.

It’s great to catch up with you again, Don. I think it’s been several years since we last connected for an interview, and you have had a ton of stuff going on. To start, I wanted to go back to your very early years. What went into finding your creative voice as a young comic?

It really came down to practice and getting on stage. Another part of it is, being in the rock and metal world so heavily and being known through ‘That Metal Show,’ really allowed me to start incorporating more of that connection with my material. Hard rock and heavy metal is such a big part of my life, the music that we love, I asked myself, “How am I not talking about this on stage?” so, I’ve definitely done that a little more in recent years. As far as your comedic voice, it really comes down to just getting up there, doing it every night and hopefully it comes to you eventually.

You tour over the country as a standup comedian. How do you gauge the audience as far as how metal you might take it on any given evening?

It depends on how many Iron Maiden shirts are in the crowd! [laughs] That’s really what you do is gauge it. You put your toe in the water with some of the more well-known bands and if people are responding then you can get a little deeper with it. Generally, even if I do jokes about bands that people might not know, I try to set it up for them so that I kind of paint a picture so I don’t lose the crowd. That’s a big part of what I do as well… I’m a nightclub comic. You want your ad to appeal to people who might just be out on a Friday and Saturday night who just want to sit, laugh and have a good time. It’s a little bit of everything and you have to listen to the audience and let them tell you where they want to be taken.

I’m sure I speak for a lot of your fans when I say it’s really inspiring to see a guy melding what he loves into an awesome career!

Yeah, I would feel weird now releasing material or being on stage and not talking about that part of my life. I embrace the world of rock and heavy metal. It’s the only type of music I ever liked. The first two albums I ever had were KISS’ “Destroyer” and George Carlin’s “Occupation: Foole,” so comedy, hard rock and metal have always been my world.

You have a brand new album, ‘Communication Breakdown,’ which was recorded at a small club. What can you tell us about the venue and why you choose it?

I work a lot in Ohio and my humor definitely appeals to the blue collar cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and places like that. Cuyahoga Falls is just outside of Cleveland and The Funny Stop is a great club. It’s just an old school club with a great vibe! Ya know, when I’m at a baseball game… it’s great to go to Yankee Stadium, but I don’t really need sushi and a chocolatini sent to my seat at a baseball game! It’s the same thing with the comic club. You just need a really great room that sounds cool and an audience that is really into it. That’s really why wanted to record at The Funny Stop.

Did you have any particular goals in mind when you started plotting this album?

I wanted to keep with the general style of how people know me. I like to tell a lot of jokes in the hour that I’m on stage, but I also have a lot of stories the I’ve been tinkering with and experimenting with. I wanted to take a chance because it’s a real challenge to tell stories onstage. Usually, I like to get a laugh about every 30 seconds. Sometimes, with these stories, you go a little longer. You still need to get laughs but it’s a different style of doing comedy. It was a real challenge, but it really paid off. There are stories about meeting Kiefer Sutherland and Johnny Depp, as well as a story about how I can’t block myself from having a threesome. I have some really great personal stories and I really felt the need to tell them, so I was glad that I was able to do that this time around! You aren’t typically going to go to a comedy club and hear stories from comics about getting a hickey from Kiefer Sutherland! That’s not something you’re generally going to hear! [laughs] I really wanted to put my own stamp on things because as comedians we generally talk about the same stuff. We talk about all the painful crap in our life from divorces to breakups to any kind of loss or pain. A great example is the skateboarding story but I put on this album. I bashed my head open in front of my nieces and nephew and thought I was going to die. I figured if I was going to go through that amount of pain I needed to turn it into some kind of comedy, which is what we all do. The more specific you can make things, the more it kind of stands out for people.

Is this style of storytelling something you think you’ll do more of moving forward?

Yeah. The thing with comedy is that once your album comes out then you have to work on the next set, so I’m already working on new material. Actually, I tried a couple of new stories out on stage last night and they went pretty well. I think I’m definitely going to have that as a part of what I do from now on. I’m the worst storyteller in the world, so it’s a great exercise for me to do that and get out of my comfort zone.

In what other ways has your material evolved in recent the years?

Because everyone is so hypersensitive these days, I think it comes down to how creative you can be with what you say. You want to keep your edge but you also don’t want to offend people. What’s not offensive today will be offensive a week from now, and 3 three weeks from then it won’t be offensive anymore. As a comedian, as much as I like to make people laugh at things they wouldn’t normally laugh at, you also have to be creative about it and keep up with the times. That’s pretty much what it is now. You have to keep the essence of what you do, but also put it in a different way then perhaps you did in the past.

‘Communication Breakdown’ also features some riffage from Dave Mustaine, which is very cool. How did that come about?

It’s such an honor to have Dave on the album. I had seen him at the Revolver Awards in New York. He said, “Hey man, if you need anything from me just shoot me an email.” He was probably thinking I never would, but of course I’m the guy who always follows up and asks for the favor! [laughs] He was cool enough to do it for me and I really appreciate it! I’ve done that with my last two albums as well. I had Vinnie Moore from UFO on my last album and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal on my first one, so having Dave was a real thrill!

Comedy has becoming a booming business once again in the past half decade and it continues to gain steam. How has that affected you as an artist and what’s the best part about being in the game right now?

It’s great because we can all find our audience now, whereas back in the 90s or early 2000s, unless you did a spot on ‘The Tonight Show,’ ‘Late Night with David Letterman’, or you got a Comedy Central special, it was much harder to do. Now there are so many outlets for comedians to do things! I would have never known 20 years ago when I started doing stand up that’s the thing people wouldn’t know me from the most would be sitting around on TV with two of my best friends interviewing rock stars! [laughs] That’s where my niche happened and that’s where I found my audience. That’s what’s so great about comedy these days; there is room for all of us, we all have our niche and we can play directly to them! I’m also lucky to be on a great record label, Metal Blade Records, who supports me as well. That’s another big part of it!

You definitely put your all into your career as a standup comic. In your opinion, what is the key to longevity in this day and age?

That’s a good question. I think if you go into comedy with the mindset of putting everything you’ve got into it, that’s the healthiest way to approach it. If you get into comedy because you think you’re going to become a star and make tons of money, you probably won’t. If you go into it because you have a love for it, a need to make people laugh, and you want to save a lot of money by not going to therapy because you’re telling your problems to perfect strangers, I think you’ll do okay in this business! It’s like any other job, man. You really have to bust your ass. You have to take it seriously, but it can also be a whole lot of fun. I’m grateful to be still doing it and still making new fans after 20 years.

“Communication Breakdown” just hit the streets. What lies in store for you in the coming months?

I’m going to be touring all summer. I will definitely be working on a lot of new material. I will be visiting a lot of new places, but I’ll definitely be coming back to some of the favorite places I have been in the past. When people come out they’re definitely going to see some new stuff and hear some of the greatest hits! Other than that, we’re still working and will always be working on trying to get ‘That Metal Show’ back on the air. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for that, not just because I was on the show but because it was such an important part of the scene and important to so many bands. For those reasons alone it’s really worth bringing back!

I couldn’t agree with you more! I think the show was appreciated when it was on the air but I think, now more than ever, it’s truly missed.

Yeah! Tell my mortgage broker about it! I always joke around and on the album I say, “I appreciate that you guys watched ‘That Metal Show’ long enough that I could buy house but not long enough for me to afford it anymore…” [laughs] So, let’s hope it comes back soon! In the meantime, I’m glad people are digging the new album and I appreciate the great support of people like you, and obviously you guys are big supporters of the scene as well.

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You have pretty much done everything from comedy to hosting television shows to writing a book. Is there anything else you are anxious to tackle in the short term?

Oh boy! Ya know, I have shot a few pilots for some new TV projects, so we’re going to see what the status of those things are, and Jim Florentine and I are always up to some kind of nonsense! For people who haven’t heard our ‘Terrorizing Telemarketers’ CD or watched our ‘Meet The Creeps’ videos, those are available on iTunes. If you go and pick up “Communication Breakdown,” maybe check those out as well and see some of the stuff we have done in the past. He and I will always be collaborating all crazy comedy stuff!

As I said earlier, you can serve as an inspiration to a lot of people out there. What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey like yours?

Just support the music and comedy that you love because otherwise it goes away. Gene Simmons really caused a lot of controversy by saying “Rock is Dead.” I don’t think he meant it in the full sense of the whole scene being dead, but in a way I see what he’s saying, which is that if we don’t get out and buy the concert tickets and we’re only going to steal the music off the internet, then we are only hurting ourselves. Bands today make their living by touring. That’s how I make a living, by going out and touring. I’m not U2! I’m not going to sell 10 million comedy albums but I hope I sell a few! Every little bit counts, and if we support our artists then we are going to keep them around for a while and that’s really what’s important.

Well said! Thanks again for your time today, Don! Keep up the great work!

Thank you, Jason! You’re doing great stuff with Icon Vs. Icon and I hope to cross paths with you again very soon!

I’m sure I will be catching you on the road! Until then, I’ll be out there spreading the word!

Awesome! Thanks, Jason!

For all the latest developments in the world of Don Jamieson, visit his official website at www.donjamieson.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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Don Jamieson To Record New Stand-up Comedy Album In December

Don Jamieson To Record New Stand-up Comedy Album In December

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Don Jamieson will record a new stand-up comedy album at the Funny Stop Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, to be released in 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Jamieson comments: “Come be a part of the fun when I record the follow-up to the Top 10 Billboard Comedy Chart Metal Blade albums, ‘Live & Hilarious‘ and ‘Hell Bent For Laughter‘!”

For more information, visit: www.funnystop.com. See below for all upcoming shows!

Don Jamieson stand-up tour dates
Nov. 23 – Broken Goblet Brewery – Bristol, PA w/ Jim Florentine
Nov. 26 – McGarvey’s Bar & Grill – Altoona, PA
Dec. 1 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 2 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 3 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 10 – The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
Dec. 13 – Revolver Music Awards @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
Dec. 15 – The Block Entertainment Complex @ Harrah’s – Chester, PA w/ Dizzy Reed’s All-Star Band
Dec. 16 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
Dec. 22 – That Metal Show X-Mas @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ w/ Eddie Trunk & Jim Florentine
Dec. 28 – Parx Hotel & Casino – Bensalem, PA w/ Jim Florentine
Jan. 27 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
Feb. 2 – Monsters of Rock Cruise – Tampa, FL w/ Queensryche, Stryper, and more

Jamieson’s stand-up act is his take on everyday life, with a heavy dose of sarcasm. Amongst his many accomplishments, his Metal Blade Records stand-up albums, Live & Hilarious and Hell Bent For Laughter, debuted on the Top 10 on the Billboard comedy charts. Jamieson also became an “Emmy Award-Winner” for his work on HBO’s ‘Inside The NFL’, where he and long-time comedy partner, Jim Florentine, wrote, produced and performed sports-themed comedy sketches.

Don Jamieson online:
http://www.donjamieson.com
https://twitter.com/realdonjamieson
https://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial

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Jim Breuer And AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Team Up On New Single, “Mr. Rock n’ Roll”

Jim Breuer And AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Team Up On New Single, “Mr. Rock n’ Roll”

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Comedian Jim Breuer along with backing band The Loud & Rowdy have just released their latest single “Mr. Rock n’ Roll” which features vocals by Brian Johnson of AC/DC. Breuer tells Rolling Stone of the collaboration, “To me, Brian is the most powerful voice in rock and roll. He is also the funniest and most generous man I have ever known. I am still in awe of how he recorded the song and forever thankful.” The track comes off Breuer’s forthcoming musical debut, Songs From The Garage, which is set for release next Friday, May 27 via Metal Blade Records.

In addition to special appearances from Brian Johnson, the album was also produced and features guitar by Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat). Backing Breuer up is The Loud & Rowdy with Mike Tichy on drums and Joe Vigliotti on bass. The inspiration for all of this comes from Breuer’s adolescent immersion in the world of heavy music, falling in love with Judas Priest and AC/DC, alongside the likes of The Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and Van Halen. The fire to start a band was soon lit under him, though he wouldn’t begin his musical career until he was older. Having finally made the album that has been burning to get out of him since his teens, Breuer couldn’t be happier with the result.

Track Listing
1. Thrash
2. Raising Teenage Girls
3. Old School
4. Be a D**k 2Nite
5. My Rock n Roll Dream *
6. Mr. Rock n Roll *
7. Who’s Better Than Us?!
8. Family Warrior
9. Sugar Rush
10. Wannabe
11. The Unexplained

* Vocals by Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Tour Dates
Comedy Dates:
5/20-5/21 – Virginia Beach, VA at Virginia Beach Funny Bone
7/16 – Atlantic City, NJ at Borgata Hotel & Casino
7/20 – Thornville, OH at Gathering of the Juggalos
8/5 – Verona, NY at Turning Stone Resort Casino
8/6 – Royal Oak, MI at Royal Oak Music Theatre
8/11 – Annapolis MD at Rams Head On Stage
8/22 – Sag Harbor, NY at Street Theatre
8/26 – Woodstock, NY at Bearsville Theater
8/27 – Albuquerque, NM at Kiva Auditorium
9/2-9/4 – Las Vegas, NV at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa
9/16 – Troy, NY at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
9/17 – New Brunswick, NJ at State Theatre
9/24-9/25 – Houston, TX at Houston Open Air Festival
9/30 – Jim Thorpe, PA at Penn’s Peak
10/1 – Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/4 – Montclair, NJ at The Wellmont Theater
11/5 – Mashantucket, CT at Foxwoods Resort Casino
11/10 – Ridgefield, CT at Ridgefield Playhouse
11/12 – Staten Island, NY at St. George Theatre
11/17 – San Antonio, TX at Aztec Theater
11/18 – Dallas, TX at House of Blues
11/19 – Houston, TX at House of Blues

Band Dates:
7/17 – Bridgeview, IL at Chicago Open Air at Toyota Park
7/18 – Brooklyn, NY at The Knitting Factory
7/25 – Brooklyn, NY at The Knitting Factory
7/30 – Cleveland, OH at Roverfest
8/1 – Brooklyn, NY at The Knitting Factory
9/17 – Chester, PA at Rock Allegiance

Links
Official Website
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
About Jim Breuer:
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top touring comedians, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. After making his big break in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live,” Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy: and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film “Half Baked.”

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Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy Release First Video for “Thrash”

Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy Release First Video for “Thrash”

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Comedian Jim Breuer threw a metal show in his garage and captured it all on film for his new video “Thrash”. Following the announcement of his musical debut, Jim Breuer along with backing band The Loud & Rowdy have premiered their boisterous first video today on LoudwireOut May 27 via Metal Blade RecordsSongs From The Garage delivers comedy and masterful heavy music in a record that is unadulterated fun.

Breuer tells Loudwire, “Thrash pretty much wraps up what this project and album represents! This song is for people that grew up with rock and hard rock who now have families, but still love to take the time to throw down & thrash!” The track and video do just that. We find Breuer home alone letting loose when he decides to throw a metal show for the entire neighborhood. Madness ensues as the show-goers head bang and sing along to the anthemic track. Produced by Allison Woest and directed by David Brodsky along with Jim Breuer himself, the video provides pure entertainment and even includes an Ozzy Osbourne impersonation.

The album features special guests such as Brian Johnson (AC/DC) who provides vocals on two tracks and Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat) who produced the record and provided guitar. Backing Breuer up is The Loud & Rowdy with Mike Tichy on drums and Joe Vigliotti on bass. The inspiration for all of this comes from Breuer’s adolescent immersion in the world of heavy music, falling in love with Judas Priest and AC/DC, alongside the likes of The Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and Van Halen. The fire to start a band was soon lit under him, though he wouldn’t begin his musical career until he was older. Having finally made the album that has been burning to get out of him since his teens, Breuer couldn’t be happier with the result.

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Track Listing
1. Thrash
2. Raising Teenage Girls
3. Old School
4. Be a D**k 2Nite
5. My Rock n Roll Dream *
6. Mr. Rock n Roll *
7. Who’s Better Than Us?!
8. Family Warrior
9. Sugar Rush
10. Wannabe
11. The Unexplained

* Vocals by Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Links
Official Website
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

About Jim Breuer:
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top touring comedians, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. After making his big break in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live,” Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy: and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film “Half Baked.”

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Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy To Release ‘Songs From The Garage’ On May 27th

Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy To Release ‘Songs From The Garage’ On May 27th

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Accomplished comedian Jim Breuer understands that comedy and heavy music have long made for great bedfellows. On his first musical full-length, Songs From The Garage, Breuer delivers both in his inimitable style with longtime backing band The Loud & Rowdy. Announced today via Rolling Stone, the album is set for release May 27 via Metal Blade Records. With the support of special guests such as Brian Johnson (AC/DC) who provides vocals on two tracks and producer/guitarist Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat), Breuer has created a record that is pure, unadulterated fun while remaining true to his rock sensibilities.

Breuer says, “Going into the record the music had to be killer and have great hooks, that was most important, and I wanted to balance that with something that’s funny. I wanted to bring the smile back to hard rock that has a nice punch to it.” From crunchy opening romp “Thrash” through the swaggering “Who’s Better Than Us?!” to the gloriously deranged excitement suffusing “Sugar Rush”, his exuberance is infectious, and he challenges you to keep your ass from shaking and the corners of your mouth twitching while it thunders from the speakers.

Backing Breuer up is The Loud & Rowdy with Mike Tichy on drums, Joe Vigliotti on bass, and Metal Mike on guitar. Initially known as the Jim Breuer Band, without even having a record under their belt it did not take long to turn a lot of heads. After finding themselves on massive festival stages, the band headed into three different studios to record – Metrosonic Studios Brooklyn, Clear Track Studios, and Sonic Debris Recording Studio. With Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat) on production and guitar duties, the album was filled with eleven musically badass tracks featuring lyrics that are not only funny but also relatable, reflecting Breuer’s position in life: “A dad with three kids who loves family life yet is still a metalhead at heart.”

The inspiration for all of this comes from Breuer’s adolescent immersion in the world of heavy music, falling in love with Judas Priest and AC/DC, alongside the likes of The Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and Van Halen. The fire to start a band was soon lit under him, though he wouldn’t begin his musical career until he was older. Having finally made the album that has been burning to get out of him since his teens, Breuer couldn’t be happier with the result. Though he has fulfilled one rock and roll dream with its completion, it certainly does not mean he’s about to kick back and leave it at that. “I plan on making great, funny videos for every song and have videos up during the concerts. I want pure entertainment when you come see this live, and now my rock and roll dream is to play this not only here in America, but anywhere else in the world that will accept it! I’m taking it one day at a time, living the dream.”

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Songs From The Garage track-listing
1. Thrash
2. Raising Teenage Girls
3. Old School
4. Be a D**k 2nite
5. My Rock n Roll Dream *
6. Mr. Rock n Roll *
7. Who’s Better Than Us?!
8. Family Warrior
9. Sugar Rush
10. Wannabe
11. The Unexplained

* Vocals by Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Jim Breuer online:
http://officialjimbreuer.com
https://www.facebook.com/JimBreuer
https://www.instagram.com/jimbreuerofficial
https://twitter.com/JimBreuer

About Jim Breuer: 
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top touring comedians, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. After making his big break in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live,” Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film “Half Baked.”

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Jim Breuer and the Regulators: Comedy Legend To Release Metal Album In Spring of 2016

Jim Breuer and the Regulators: Comedy Legend To Release Metal Album In Spring of 2016

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Comedy Legend Jim Breuer

Metal Blade Records has announced the worldwide signing of Jim Breuer and the Regulators, Jim Breuer’s new hard rock / metal group! As a lifelong hard rock / metal fan, Breuer has often incorporated loud music into his comedy stand-up, so it seemed only natural for him to take the next step and start his own band. Over the past few years, the Jim Breuer band has performed at premier festivals such as Rock on The Range (with Guns N Roses and Avenged Sevenfold), the Motorboat cruise (with Motorhead and Megadeth), Metallica’s Orion Music Festival, Sonisphere in the UK (with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax), and the headlining stage at Wacken in Germany. Now, under a new moniker (Jim Breuer and the Regulators), the group plans to release their debut in Spring 2016, with various special guests appearing on the record.

Complete details about the album will be revealed soon, but in the meantime, fans can tune into Breuer’s “The Metal in Me” podcast for additional news and information: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jimbreuerspodcast. The first three episodes are already online with more to be added each week, about finding the comedy, reality, and metal in us all – the perfect mix in life!

Metal Blade Records Chairman/CEO Brian Slagel comments: “We are super excited to be working with Jim Breuer. His is a comedy legend and this album is something truly special. You will be surprised in a good way when you hear it!”

Named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. Breuer got his big break in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live”, where he became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Since then, Breuer has starred in popular films, hosted various TV shows, and appeared on numerous programs as a special guest – in addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour.

See below for all upcoming comedy tour dates, and stay tuned for more news about Jim Breuer and the Regulators coming soon!

Jim Breuer stand-up comedy tour dates
Jan. 7 – Lebanon, NH – Lebanon Opera House
Jan. 8 – Stratton, VT – Stratton Mountain
Jan. 9 – Rutland, VT – Paramount Theater
Jan. 15 – Cleveland, OH – Hilarities 4th Street Theater
Jan. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Hilarities 4th Street Theater
Feb. 5 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
Feb. 6 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Feb. 12 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Feb. 13 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount (7:30PM)
Feb. 13 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount (10:00 PM)
Feb. 26 – East Greenwich, RI – Greenwich Odeum
Feb. 27 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Hudson Valley
Mar. 3 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Improv Fort Lauderdale
Mar. 4 – West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach Improv
Mar. 5 – West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach Improv
Mar. 6 – Naples, FL – Off The Hook Comedy Club
Mar. 11 – Sarasota, FL – McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
Mar. 12 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
Apr. 4 – Kansas City, MO – Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s Kansas City
Apr. 14 – Arlington, VA – Arlington Drafthouse
Apr. 15 – Arlington, VA – Arlington Drafthouse
Apr. 16 – Westhampton Beach, NY – Westhampton Beach PAC
May 6 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
May 27 – Las Vegas, NV – South Point Hotel Casino & SPA
May 28 – Las Vegas, NV – South Point Hotel Casino & SPA
May 29 – Las Vegas, NV – South Point Hotel Casino & SPA
Jul. 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel & Casino
Aug. 6 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sept. 2 – Las Vegas, NV – South Point Hotel Casino & SPA
Sept. 3 – Las Vegas, NV – South Point Hotel Casino & SPA
Sept. 4 – Las Vegas, NV – South Point Hotel Casino & SPA
Oct. 1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia

Jim Breuer online:
http://officialjimbreuer.com
https://www.facebook.com/JimBreuer
https://twitter.com/JimBreuer
https://www.youtube.com/user/Breuniverse
https://soundcloud.com/jimbreuer

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Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson To Unleash ‘Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 6’

Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson To Unleash ‘Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 6’

'Terrorizing Telemarketers: Vol. 6'

‘Terrorizing Telemarketers: Vol. 6’

Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson have returned for the sixth installment of Terrorizing Telemarketers. The album features 17 cringe-worthy cuts that leave telemarketers, insurance agents, loan officers, and more wrestling with the frustration of unknowingly speaking with two of comedy’s masters of prank calls. Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 6 will be available digitally on December 4th via Metal Blade Records. CDs will be available exclusively at both comedians’ live performances.

Visit metalblade.com/terrorizingtelemarketers to listen to “In a Pickle” and to pre-order your digital copy.

Jim Florentine comments: “It’s been 7 years since we released our last Telemarketer CD. When you record calls, you really have to have nothing going on in your life and sit home and wait for the phone to ring. Well, obviously, Don and I still have no hobbies, so we bring you ‘Terrorizing Telemarketers Vol 6‘.”

Don Jamieson adds: “Everyone hates telemarketers, and thusly, should own a copy of ‘Terrorizing Telemarketers Vol. 6‘. While you’re all at work or on the Do Not Call list, Jim and I have nothing going on in the daytime and are on the Please Call list. Thanks to Metal Blade for endorsing our nonsense.”

Jim Florentine’s resume includes the massively successfully Comedy Central series “Crank Yankers,” where he voiced the popular characters Bobby Fletcher and Special Ed. Don Jamieson and Florentine both earned Emmy Awards during their stint as writers/performers for HBO’s “Inside the NFL”.

Don Jamieson dates:
Nov. 11 – Point Pleasant, NJ – Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
Nov. 13 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room – with Jim Florentine and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 14 – Syracuse, NY – Palace Theatre – with Jim Florentine and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 25 – Bristol, PA – Broken Goblet Brewing
Dec. 19 – Toms River, NJ – 10th St. Live
Dec. 23 – Point Pleasant, NJ – Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
Dec. 26 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz – That Metal Show annual Christmas Party
Dec. 31 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Funny Stop Comedy Club
Jan. 13-16 – Kansas City, KS – Stanford and Sons Comedy Club
Feb. 22-26 – Miami, FL / Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise

Jim Florentine dates:
Nov. 13 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room – with Don Jamieson and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 14 – Syracuse, NY – Palace Theatre – with Don Jamieson and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House
Nov. 19-21 – St. Louis, MO – Funnybone
Nov. 25 – Bristol, PA – Broken Goblet Brewing
Nov. 27 – Sayreville, NJ – VFW Jernee Mill Rd
Nov. 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Laugh it up Comedy Club
Dec. 4 – Westport, CT – Bistro B
Dec. 5 – New Haven, CT – Sports Haven
Dec. 9 – Bensalem, PA – Parx Casino
Dec. 10-12 – Plano, TX – Hyenas Comedy Club
Dec. 18-19 – Providence, RI – Comedy Connection
Dec. 31 – Mount Pocono, PA – Mount Airy Casino
Jan. 8-9 – Boca Raton, FL – Boca Black Box Comedy Club

Jim Florentine online:
http://www.jimflorentine.com
https://twitter.com/Mrjimflorentine
https://www.facebook.com/JimFlorentine

Don Jamieson online:
http://www.donjamieson.com
https://twitter.com/realdonjamieson
https://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial

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Don Jamieson To Release “Hell Bent for Laughter” On March 18th

Don Jamieson To Release “Hell Bent for Laughter” On March 18th

Don Jamieson's 'Hell Bent For Laughter'

Don Jamieson’s ‘Hell Bent For Laughter’

Don Jamieson is set to release his second album on March 18th on Metal Blade Records! Hell Bent for Laughter was record in December of 2013 at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Pleasant Beach, NJ. The BYOB club, one of Jamieson’s favorites on the east coast, turned out to be the perfect venue for Don’s straight-forward, irreverent comedy! Fans can listen to the opening track from the album, including an intro from UFO’s Vinnie Moore and Jim Florentine at metalblade.com/donjamieson. An iTunes version with an exclusive bonus track is also available for pre-order now.

Don Jamieson comments: “I’m really pumped to unleash my second stand-up comedy CD, ‘Hell Bent For Laughter,’on the masses. In this day and age of “fake outrage,” Metal Blade never asked me to tone it down or soften anything up. So I didn’t.”

Don Jamieson began his writing and stand up career nearly two decades ago as one of the young and talented comedy minds at MTV, helping to launch the careers of comics like Jon Stewart, Kevin James, Pauly Shore and Tom Green. Amongst his many accomplishments, Jamieson won an Emmy for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL.” Additionally, Jamieson co-stars on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic with Eddie Trunk and Jim Florentine. To date, That Metal Show is the longest running original program in the history of the network.

Don Jamieson’s previous album, “Live and Hilarious“, debuted at #9 on Billboard’sComedy Albums chart among albums from Louis C.K., Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Toshand more. The album also debuted at #17 on the iTunes comedy charts.

DON JAMIESON Gigs, appearances, and more
02/15 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage

02/21 Kenilworth, NJ 10th St. Live 
03/14 New Hope, MN New Hope Cinema Grill
03/15 New Hope, MN New Hope Cinema Grill
03/28 Rochester, NY The Joke Factory
03/29 Rochester, NY The Joke Factory

Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage
04/04 Seattle, WA Studio 7
04/05 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
04/11 Puebla, MX McCarthy’s
04/12 Ciudad de México, MX Casino Life

Stand-Up Comedy
04/26 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage
05/03 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13

Stand-Up Comedy
05/16 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
05/17 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
05/18 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
05/21 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/22 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/23 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/24 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/25 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club

Follow Don Jamieson at the following locations:
http://www.donjamieson.com
http://www.metalblade.com/donjamieson
http://www.twitter.com/realdonjamieson
http://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial

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Jim Florentine: Cringe ‘n’ Purge With One of Comedy’s Brightest Stars!

Jim Florentine: Cringe ‘n’ Purge With One of Comedy’s Brightest Stars!

If you are a fan of heavy metal or listened to ‘The Howard Stern Show’ over the past few years, chances are you’re familiar with the razor sharp wit of comedian Jim Florentine. Partnered with radio icon Eddie Trunk and long time writing partner Don Jamieson, this trio of metal aficionados from New Jersey are headed into yet another rockin’ season of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show.” With the growing success of “That Metal Show” and a slew of stand-up gigs around the nation, Jim Florentine established himself as a comedian to watch in the years to come. He recently signed a record deal with the legendary Metal Blade Records to release his brand new comedy album “Cringe ‘n’ Purge.” With a successful television series under his belt, an album on the way and his popularity on the comedy scene growing by the minute, Jim assures us this is the tip of the iceberg! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with the comedian to discuss his metal roots, what drove him to pursue comedy as a career, his podcast, his upcoming one man show and what the future holds for one of comedy’s brightest stars!

Jim Florentine

Let’s give everyone a little background on you. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in New Jersey and have pretty much lived there my whole life except for when I had moved to Florida for a few years, so I am pretty much a Jersey boy.

What drew you to comedy initially and made you take a shot at it professionally?

Ya know, I was always a big hard rock and metal guy. I wanted to be in a band. I grew up around music and all of my friends were in bands. I just couldn’t play any instruments! I didn’t have that talent. I just saw all of the girls that they were pulling and thought, “That’s the job I want!” I couldn’t play guitar and nobody could teach me because I am a lefty. They were like, “I don’t know what to tell you, I can’t just turn the guitar around. Go find Tony Iommi! He’s the only other lefty!” Then I started DJing on the radio, so I was doing that in college. That kinda morphed into stand-up, getting up on stage and doing it professionally.

Who were some of your early influences comedy-wise?

I was never really sure that I wanted to be a stand-up comic until Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Kinison came around. They brought a rock ‘n’ roll style to stand-up comedy that was never there before by playing arenas, Sam would pick up a guitar and Dice had the leather jacket on. They made it really cool and that is when I started thinking about doing stand-up. I realized, by seeing them, that you could be almost like a rock star instead of some corny white guy in khakis and a bad sports jacket!

What can you tell us about the way you write comedy for your stand-up act?

In the beginning, you just write jokes, just trying to think of funny scenarios and stuff like that. As you get more comfortable on stage, you find your voice. Now, I pretty much just talk about my life, what I know and what I experience ,and hopefully people can relate to it. That is the easiest way to do it, ya know! It takes a while to figure that out! It took me a little while to figure it out but once I did, my stand-up has definitely improved!

You have been in the comedy game for years now. What is the biggest challenge for you as a stand-up at this point in your career?

Not offending people. Not that I try not to but the world we live in now is really so politically correct and everyone gets in trouble for everything that they say. It is almost at the point where a comedian on stage is getting in trouble, which never happened before. Now that people are videotaping someones act at a club and putting it up on the Internet and saying, “Hey, he is offensive!” Then the comedian has to apologize, which is ridiculous. Lenny Bruce went to jail for this! He did it so that people could curse and say what they want.

That is a really good point. It is hard to believe that we are almost taking a few steps back at this point in history.

Jim Floretine On Stage

Yeah, the stand-up stage is the last public stage where you can hear inappropriate stuff. That is why people go to the comedy club! Actually, I take that back. The Strip Club, you can still say inappropriate things and not get in trouble! There is no Human Resources Department at a strip club. If there was, I would get pulled up to the office all of the time. It would be, “Did you tell a dancer in the back room while you were getting a lap dance that you want to eat her like a ham sandwich?” And I say, “Yeah, I did.” Then it’s, “Well she got really offended by that.” But getting back to my original point, it is really weird that that is happening now. When you go to a movie, you don’t go, “Well, I’m offended by this movie because this person got shot or killed … ” or “They made fun of Mexicans or Blacks or gays.” Things like that. Now, all of a sudden, comics like Tracy Morgan or Kramer [Michael Richards] or Gilbert Gottfried for making jokes on Twitter or Katt Williams, who got in trouble telling jokes about Mexicans, it’s really unbelievable. It is weird that the PC Police just pick and choose what they find offensive. That is what I don’t understand. “This was OK!,” if I am sexist and treat women like objects on stage, that’s OK! They don’t have a problem with that but if I make fun of gays, you’re coming after me!

It is definitely a pick and chose society these days isn’t it?

Yeah, it is amazing what is going on. That is the biggest challenge these days but I don’t care! I just do my thing. If you are offended, go fuck yourself.

You have a new album coming out called “Cringe ‘n’ Purge” and I assume that title was inspired from the current climate that we just discussed?

Yeah, because that is what it is now. All of a sudden, any comic that is a little edgy on stage or a little raunchy is considered a cringe comic. You do a joke and they cringe like, “Oh, Oww!” So they made up this term and I got lumped in with these other comics. I was like, “Fine! I go with it. So here, cringe and then go fuckin’ throw up after you hear a joke! Then get ready for the next one!” Maybe I am fuckin’ old school or something but anyone can be offended by anything. That is the thing in comedy when you are up there telling jokes. I can make a joke saying that my Honda Accord is a piece of shit, right? Someone in the audience could have been molested in the back of a Honda Accord when they were younger. That could have dredged up some really bad memories for them and all of a sudden they are offended that I brought that up and I ruined their whole night! You don’t know! How the fuck am I supposed to know? I could say that my dad was an alcoholic and there could be 10 people in the audience whose fathers were alcoholics who died of alcoholism or beat them when he was drinking. That can set people off but how the fuck do you know?! Ya know what I mean? Do I have to say, “Look, I am gonna do a joke about my alcoholic father. Is anyone going to be offended? Should we raise our hands?”

Jim Florentine: Cringe 'n' Purge

This is your first outing with Metal Blade records. What has that experience been like for you?

It is really nice to work with professionals who know what the fuck they are doing! It is amazing to be at a record company where the people actually care about their jobs, they come through, really know what the hell they are doing, are very efficient and really care about the product. You don’t see that too much anymore. These days, you get signed to a label and the project just gets buried or they promise you everything in the world in terms of promotion and then you get nothing. But at Metal Blade, they are right on the ball and it has been a great experience.

How do you prepare for doing an entire album of material?

“Cringe ‘N’ Purge” is my third disc. The last one that I put out was probably about three years ago. I always write a new one about every two to three years, always working toward doing another album. It is just a matter of accumulating the material and honing it in at the clubs every night and just working on it. A lot of times you add stuff or take things out. You change a couple of jokes that you have been doing for a while because they aren’t working. It is a whole process. Then you just basically say “OK, I am doing an album.” That is when you better get your shit together because you are going to record it.

Looking back on your earlier work, how do you feel you evolved as a comic since starting out?

I have definitely evolved with the writing because it is more personal. I was always afraid to take chances on stage in fear of alienating people. I didn’t know how to win them back if I lost them. I was always petrified of that. I thought, “Oh, shit! If I lose them what am I going to do for the next 40 minutes?!” But as you get more comfortable on stage, the less you care. You think, “Well, if I lose them, they will be right back with me on the next joke.” They aren’t going to, “What the fuck!” and walk out or anything! That is why I started writing more personal stuff because I wasn’t afraid to alienate the audience on a bit. That is how I have definitely evolved.

The Men of 'That Metal Show'

A lot of people are going to know you from your work on “That Metal Show.” How did you first get into metal?

It was my old brothers that got me into it. They were four and five years older than me. When I was a kid, they were pounding Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and AC/DC into my head growing up. I just fell in love with it. I had no choice! I would drive around with them and they were older, they would let me drink beer in the back of the car when I was 13 or 14 as they cranked some Sabbath! That’s the thing, once you get into metal, like I tell these little kids that come to the “That Metal Show” tapings or that I run into at shows, once it gets in you, you will be a metal head for life. You can’t get rid of this! You may stray away for a few years in your late teens or early 20s because you want to get laid! You usually can’t get laid when you listen to Slayer and it is all that you want to talk about with chicks. They don’t care! So, you may want to stray away for a little while and get into hip hop or whatever the music is at the time. One day you will come back! And when you are 50 or 60, you will be telling everyone that you went to all of these concerts back in the day. You are always going to love it!

Are you surprised at how far the show has come since you first went on the air?

Absolutely! We never thought it would become much of anything. Eddie Trunk had the idea. He has been doing radio in New York for 30 years. He would have guests come up to the studio and they would just sit around and talk about metal for an hour. He was playing an hours worth of music and only talking for a few minutes on air. So he said that we should pitch a show to the network like that where we would sit there, have some guests come on and shoot the shit about metal! He had an in at VH1 Classic because he was already working there and he pitched the pilot. Once they saw it, they were like, “Yeah! Let’s make the show!” That was eight seasons ago! We are working on Season 9 starting in October 2011.

You guys have had a lot of amazing musical talent on the show. Who has been your favorite rock icon to interview?

That Metal Show: Home of Rock Royalty

Every season it is somebody different. The first time, we had Lemmy on and that was it. Then we had Rob Halford and then the late, great Ronnie James Dio. Then it was Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. Then we had Kirk Hammett and this year it was Sammy Hagar and Lars Ulrich! It has just been one after another with bands and guys that I have idolized coming up. We have had Slayer a couple of times, the guys from Anthrax. Every season amazes me because there is always somebody new and always someone I am a big fan of. No one has been a dick or had an attitude. They are all just happy to be there! Eddie has had relationships with a lot of these guys for a long time, so that helps to break the ice but everybody has been really nice!

Is there anyone that you are really looking forward to bringing in to be on the show?

We would love to get Ozzy on the show. We would definitely love to have the guys from KISS on, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The Van Halen guys would be great too, Eddie Van Halen or David Lee Roth. Steven Tyler would be great and James Hetfield would be unbelievable.

Who is the biggest diva on the the set of “That Metal Show?”

Ya know what, I would tell ya but I really don’t think any of us are. I think all we really want is a couple bottles of water. If we are taping a show, we just want a few bottles of water. Just make sure there are fuckin’ waters there and that is it! Other than that we are ready to rock, let’s do it!

Jim and Ozzy: A Metal Journey

I figured that it might be Don [Jamieson], due to the sideburns. Those guys with the highly manicured facial hair tend to be a handful.

Yeah, I don’t see that side of it, when you go in for makeup in the dressing room. I don’t really see that part. I hate putting makeup on, I fuckin’ hate that! I am a guy and we are talking about Judas Priest, so I shouldn’t need to put foundation on! I guess it is TV but every year I am like, “Please! Use the least amount! I don’t want to do anything.” They say, “Oh, but you’re shiny!” Well, I don’t give a fuck! Some guy in Texas watching “That Metal Show” isn’t going to say, “It was good but Florentine is all shiny! I can’t watch that show anymore.” Nobody gives a shit! This isn’t “America’s Next Top Model,” we are three slobs from New Jersey, we are supposed to look sloppy! I’m wearing a $15 Iron Maiden T-shirt, so who gives a fuck about makeup?! I don’t know who is but I am definitely no diva! Just give me the bottles of water and I am fine!

With the popularity of “That Metal Show” growing, do you often find yourself encountering people who attempt to wow you with their music knowledge in hopes of you whisking them away to a co-hosting gig on the show?

Yeah, a lot of guys. You get bombarded at shows. For example, I am going to see Dio’s Disciples tonight, which I am really excited about. It’s Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), so I am really excited about that. People will come up to me after a show, we were at The Big Four show at Yankee Stadium last week, and it is insane. It is 50,000 people that all watch “That Metal Show,” so you get bombarded. People will come up to you and say, “I’ve got beef with you!” and I stop them right there, dead in their tracks. I’m like, “No, you don’t.” They say “Well, you picked … ” and I say, “So what!? So what if I like AC/DC’s “Powerage” better than “Highway To Hell? You like “Highway To Hell,” who gives a shit!?” [laughs] Does it really matter? They say, “Well, how could you … ” and I say, “I like that album, I’m sorry. I don’t know what to tell you!” People take it so personally because they are so passionate about it, which is cool, but there is no reason to get upset. Like if someone goes on TV and says, “I like Metallica’s Black Album the best out of all of them … ” I wouldn’t go, “What the fuck?! If I ever see him on the street, I am going to scream at him!” But I guess to each his own! Eddie gets it the worst because he is the trivia master. They always try to give me a question and I say, “I am not ‘Stump The Trunk,’ ask Eddie! I don’t fuckin’ know!” [laughs]

Jim Florentine: On The Road

I imagine touring as a comic has a lot of similarities to touring as a band. Have you ever given any thought to sharing your crazy stories from the road as part of an autobiography?

Yeah, actually I have a book about 80% complete. I have been working on it for the past couple of years. No one is interested in it right now but eventually they will be so I have a lot of it written. It is a lot of road stories and stories about coming up as a comic. The experience is very similar to being in a rock band. I have some pretty interesting stories and eventually the book will come out. I will put it out myself if I have to.

Looking back on your career, what do you consider your most defining moment?

I would say that getting on “The Howard Stern Show” was my big break. Before that I was just a stand-up comic doing shitty gigs in bars and I had a prank calls CD where I was messing with telemarketers and I mailed it into the show. Don Jamieson knew the producer of the show, Gary Dell’abate, from back in the day. He was like, “Hey, my buddy has a CD of crank calls that is really funny.” Gary said, “Oh, well give it to us then and we will play it.” The next day they started playing some of it on the air! The next thing I knew I was a guest on the show and things really started happening from there. I got the “Crank Yankers” gig from that and I got to do movies and Comedy Central stuff, so that was definitely the big break for me.

When I spoke with Don Jamieson, probably about six months ago at this point, he mentioned that you guys were kicking around the idea of doing some sort of tour for “That Metal Show.” Is that still in the cards?

Yeah, that is definitely something that we still want to do. It is just a matter of our schedules being so crazy with Don and I doing comedy and Eddie has his book out and has been flying around all over doing book signings. We just haven’t had time to put it together. There is definitely interest on our part and it is something that we would love to do. We would love to go to a city like Seattle and do “That Metal Show” live in a rock club. We could do an hour and a half version of the show and whoever lives in that town, like Geoff Tate from Queensryche, could be our guest. Then maybe we could have the band play afterwards or something like that, ya know? But yeah, it is definitely something that we are going to eventually do.

Jim Florentine: At Home On The Stage

You also did a film called “A Little Help” where you appeared on the screen alongside The Office’s Jenna Fischer. I interviewed the director of that project a while back. Is working in the film industry something you are looking to do as well?

I would love to do more film work! It is tough because I go on TV wearing an Amon Amarth T-shirt, so it isn’t like people are thinking, “Oh! We have to get that guy for our movie!” But the director, Michael J. Weithorn, who you interviewed, actually saw me on “That Metal Show” and thought that I would be good for the role. He knew of my comedy before but then he saw me on the show and thought, “That guy would play a perfect dick towards women!” He knew of all the prank calls and my comedy, so when he saw me on the show, it put a bug in his ear. He was writing the film at the time, so it was really cool of him to do that.

Obviously, you have worked side by side with Don Jamieson for years. Are there any other comedians you would love to collaborate with?

I toured with Artie Lange for a while. He is back out, getting his stuff together and touring, it seems. I would love to do some stuff with him again. Nick DiPaolo, Jim Norton and Colin Quinn are good friends of mine, even Doug Stanhope. And ya know, Brian Posehn and Craig Gass are big metal comics and I would love to do a tour with those guys. I am open to doing anything with other comics.

What other projects are on the horizon for you that fans should keep an eye out for?

Like we said earlier, “Cringe ‘N’ Purge” is coming out. The new season of “That Metal Show,” we are in Season 8 right now and Season 9 is going to start on November 11. I think that the seasons are going to run concurrently. I am working on a one man show. It is my life story. I have done it a couple of times in New York. I am putting it back up and it is going to run in New York and Los Angeles around November. It is more story telling and it is not all stand-up, so there is some serious stuff in there and it’s a really good story. I have done it a couple of times in New York and received good reviews. HBO and Comedy Central are interested in it. It’s called “I’m Your Savior.” I have been working hard on that so hopefully in November or December, I will have it back up. I will be out and about after we finish taping “That Metal Show.”

Jim Florentine: Official The Head Shot

What advice do you have for anyone who is looking to pursue a career in stand-up?

When it comes to stand-up or music, it is the same thing. Don’t do it for the money! If you are doing it for the money, then just don’t even get involved because there is going to be no money for a very long time. But if you love it, it isn’t going to matter. Whether you are in a band or a stand-up comic, it doesn’t matter, just get up on stage and hone your skills, cut your teeth and do whatever gigs you can. That is the only way you are going to get better. Everybody starves. Metallica lived in cars and slept on peoples floors. Every band and every comic struggles. Jim Carrey moved form Canada to California and lived in his car for a year so that he could make it. Everybody has to struggle, so don’t figure that you can say, “Fuck that! I’m not doing that!” If you don’t want to tough it out like that, then don’t get into it. It is rough but it is definitely rewarding when you get to a point. Just doing what you love, even if you aren’t making a lot of money, who cares!? I always made enough money to cover my bills, so to me it was like I had already made it a couple years into my career just because I was doing what I loved. I was barely paying my bills but I was paying them. To me it was great!

What are the best places for everyone to catch up with you online?

My website is www.jimflorentine.com. I also do a podcast that you can get there or on iTunes! You can go to www.jimflorentine.com to get signed up for it. It is free and I put it out every week. There is some comedy on it and I interview some metal guys. Every week it is different. I am also on Twitter as @mrjimflorentine.

Speaking of that, how is the world of podcasting treating you?

I love the podcast! I am not good when it comes to working with others, never have been! For me as a comic, I am my own boss! I can do and wear whatever I want. I can basically go to work drunk while wearing an AC/DC T-shirt. I always wanted a job like that and in stand-up you have that. With the podcast, I basically turn on the microphone and talk. Then I upload it and throw it out there for people to listen to whenever they want to. It has been doing really well and it was in the Top 50 of comedy podcasts on iTunes for the first few weeks. I love it because it is whatever I feel like talking about. I don’t have to worry about commercials or what I say. I don’t have to worry about anything. I find interesting things to talk about like this girl who was at my comedy show a few weeks ago. Somehow, when I was on stage, I got on the topic of guys that have smelly balls. She yelled out that she loves smelly balls. I started talking to her after the show and told her I needed to talk about that on the podcast. I ended up dedicating the whole podcast on how she likes smelly balls and what they taste like. She has very particular thoughts on what they taste like — a little balsamic vinagrette mixed in with a pinch of asshole with some provolone cheese. It was very specific. You never know what you are gonna get. The next week I interviewed Corey Taylor from Slipknot.

That is diverse to say the very least.

Yeah! It was the sickest thing that I have ever heard but it was hilarious and informative. She was very passionate about her man having smelly balls.

Well, on that note, I will let you go! [laughs] I really appreciate your time and we will be spreading the word on all of your projects!

Thanks, man! I really appreciate it!

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Richard Christy’s Charred Walls of the Damned Release Details On New Album!

Richard Christy’s Charred Walls of the Damned Release Details On New Album!

Charred Walls of the Damned returns with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut! Richard Christy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again join forces to bring to life Christy’s latest body of work, Cold Winds on Timeless Days. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member’s playing style, but to Jason Suecof’s production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album.

With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording twelve songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further; “I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.” Richard Christy describes Cold Winds on Timeless Days as a “perfect storm of producing” – Audiohammer’s Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.

Fans can hear the first single, Zerospan, as well as place pre-orders now on metalblade.com/cwotd. The album can also be pre-ordered on iTunes HERE. Additionally, Richard Christy will be on air with SiriusXM Liquid Metal’s Jose Mangin for an interview and to premiere the track on air. Fans can hear the interview and song today Tuesday, August 23rd at approximately 9am, 3pm and 9pm eastern time! For more info on liquid metal, head to http://www.siriusxm.com/liquidmetal.

Cold Winds On Timeless Days track listing:
1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light

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