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Jen Kirkman Announces Dates For ‘All New Material Girl’ Tour 2017

Jen Kirkman Announces Dates For ‘All New Material Girl’ Tour 2017

Jen Kirkman is back on tour this year – with all new material.  Stories and jokes you haven’t seen on her Netflix specials.  Don’t worry.  It’s not all about Trump – why talk about him when Jen can talk about herself and her year of seeing fraudulent spiritual healers, holidays without family, being accused of not being “woke” by young people, and tales of when she was a young obnoxious third party voter, and pretentious hater of pop culture.

Jen Kirkman is a national and internationally touring stand-up comedian. Her 2015 Netflix Original Comedy Special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” was named one of the Top 10 comedy specials of 2015 by Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic.  Her most recent Netflix Original Comedy Special, “Just Keep Livin’?” is streaming worldwide as of January 3rd, 2017.

Jen is also a New York Times Bestselling author – her two comedic essay memoirs, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself; (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction) are hilarious looks at her life without children, and living a not-so-conventional life after 40.

Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately, and is also well known for being a five-time narrator of Central’s Drunk History.  She’s a regular guest on CONAN and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Jen has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The View, The Wendy Williams Show, Harry, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and voiced many characters Cartoon Network cult-hit “Home Movies.” She’ll be appearing in the upcoming feature film “Home Again”.

Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s Self Help.  Jen has a weekly podcast, I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman, which is often in the Top 100 in comedy on iTunes.

2017 Tour Dates:

Sep 6- SAN FRANCISCO- Cobb’s Comedy Club
Sep 7- PORTLAND, OR-Aladdin Theatre
Sep 8- SEATTLE, WA- Neptune Theatre
Sep 9- VANCOUVER, BC- Rio Theatre
Sep 20-BOSTON, MA- Wilbur Theatre
Sep 21- NYC- Highline Ballroom
Sep 22- BROOKLYN, NY- Bell House
Sep 23- PHILADELPHIA, PA- Trocadero Theatre
Sep 24- WASHINGTON, DC- Howard Theatre
Sep 28- TORONTO- Just For Laughs
Oct 5- MINNEAPOLIS- Woman’s Club
Oct 6- CHICAGO, IL- Thalia Hall
Oct 7- DETROIT, MI- Majestic Theatre
Oct 20- HOUSTON, TX- Heights Theatre
Oct 21- DALLAS, TX- Kessler Theatre
Oct 22- AUSTIN, TX- The North Door
Nov 1- DURHAM, NC- Carolina Theatre
Nov 2- ASHEVILLE, NC- The Orange Peel
Nov 3- ATLANTA, GA- Variety Playhouse
Nov 4- NASHVILLE, TN- Basement East
Nov 15- CLEVELAND, OH- Hilarities Comedy Club
Nov 16- CINCINNATI, OH- Taft Ballroom
Nov 17- COLUMBUS, OH- Woodlands Tavern

Tickets For All Shows Available At JenKirkman.com

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Unsung Heroes of Hollywood: The Comedy of Owen Benjamin

Unsung Heroes of Hollywood: The Comedy of Owen Benjamin

Each month I’ve been focusing in on an actor, actress, or filmmaker that I grew up loving and has informed my own career (if calling what I do in the industry qualifies as such) in writing or performing. Films are supposed to be fun, entertaining ventures that allow an escape from the day-to-day happenings of our lives. Why not celebrate the uncelebrated, folks. Join me on my quest as I gush over those who have inspired me to put words on a website that will ultimately never equate what it means to be honored by their peers at an official award show or film festival.

This next entry in the Unsung Heroes of Hollywood series is going to be all over the place, but I promise that if you stick with me until the end, it’ll all tie together and make perfect sense to you. Which is sort of fitting seeing as how the subject of this piece will take you on a helluva wordy journey to make his point. It is my personal opinion that Owen Benjamin is the smartest comedian to take a stage since George Carlin. Many will disagree with my bold statement, but like film and television, comedy is subjective. You assign your own baggage to any comedian just like you would your favorite actor or director. Owen’s Stand-Up, along with his podcasts, Facebook live sessions, instagram posts, tweets and periscopes never cease to amaze me. He is seriously the hardest working thinker in the game and doesn’t shy away from topics that force his audience to think outside of the box.

I think it is important to state that I do not know Owen personally. Though that’s not entirely true. With the hours upon hours of content he creates, it’s not hard to feel like us fans are invited into his life on a regular basis for a beer and hearty meal. Hell, he periscopes a lot and engages with us die-hards so often that I think I sorta spent Christmas and Easter with him. But in reality, aside from an email exchange and engaging on his social media, we’ve never so much as high-fived or hydrated together (that one was for the fans).

I first fell for Owen’s charms while working post production on Adam Rifkin’s segment “Wadzilla” featured in the anthology flick “Chillerama.” After two weeks on the segment during pre-production, a family emergency topped off with a failing gallbladder and a tumultuous break-up, kept me from participating in principle photography. But before I knew it I was back in LA to assist Rif during post-production. I’ll never forget sitting on Ed Marx’s couch watching the assembly cut of the train sequence of Wadzilla and laughing hysterically at the rough cut of Owen and Rif’s exchange regarding the discomfort in Rif’s character Miles’ balls. The scene hits all the comedic beats for my liking. Rif and Owen play off one another with complete sincerity, never winking to the camera. The absurdness of the material is elevated by their willingness to play the scene out as if this was a normal, everyday problem Miles is experiencing.

A few years later I would find myself driving around listening to Comedy Central Radio with my now wife. Much of the time I would have the radio on just to act as white noise to drowned out the insanity that is Chicagoland traffic, but a few tracks seemed to always jump out at me by three separate comedians. First was a story about Goodyear clothes, by Tommy Johnagin. The second was a great movie pitch about Law and Order and Jerry Orbach, by John Mulaney. The third track that would jump out of the speakers and kick my ass was a story about getting sprayed with bear mace, by Owen.

“Sprayed with Bear Mace” is just one of many hysterical tracks on Owen’s 2013 album “High Five Til It Hurts!” The album is a clinic on how to crush at comedy for 60 minutes straight. From “Dog Lover” to “Feel My Heat,” every single track is a comedian firing at all cylinders. The last six tracks of the album feature Owen accompanying his wit with stellar piano play. Owen is simply a legend, but based on material he shares with fans now, the genius of “High Five Til It Hurts!” isn’t even scratching the surface of his best material. Enter politi

Owen isn’t a political comedian. He certainly doesn’t have a narrative he’s pushing down your throat. But the son of two college professors, Owen is what you would call an intelligent thinker. On a recent appearance on Louder with Crowder, Owen joked with host Steven Crowder that, “when I moved to Hollywood I was a liberal. When I left I was a conservative, only none of my views changed.” Owen has a gift of pointing out the obvious going on in society and dissect it to the truth. He uses logic like a grizzled world war 2 veteran that has “seen some shit.” He’s stated on many occasions that he doesn’t affiliate with any political party, but rather simply believes in Freedom of Speech. As a comedian it is obvious to see why. Owen, like many of the greats to come before him, believes that no subject is off limits in comedy. That laughing is imperative to healing. It’s not like Owen is running out on stage burning midgets (Owen is 6’7″, so literally anyone under 6 foot is a midget to this man) with cigarettes and laughing while the audience is gang raped by rodeo clowns.

Enter “Why Didn’t They Laugh,” Owen’s podcast where he breaks down audience reactions to his jokes. Owen’s ability to dissect his own material is ballsy to say the least. As a headliner he crushes, but every audience is different depending on an impossible amount of variables. Crowd size, alcohol intake, region, etc., is key. A joke that crushes in blue collar Cleveland might not land at a corporate gig in New York. Owen records all of his sets and plays clips of the audience reactions to the setup and punchline like a coach would play tape to his players following a game. One of the great things about WDTL is that fans have seen such a growth in Owen’s joke writing that nowadays he doesn’t have as much material of a joke not landing as in the beginning of the show. He’s been able to dissect his material so well that no matter the circumstance, the jokes are crushing without issue.

You might think that with less material to dissect his show episodes would be few and far between, but luckily for us that isn’t the case. WDTL has evolved into a show about human nature. Owen takes the same approach, but now is pulling the curtain back behind tweets, instagram posts, headlines, you name it, Owen is talking about it. Again, he’s not a political comedian. He is a critical thinker that stands up for free speech. I seriously can’t recommend WDTL enough to anyone that enjoys laughing a lot. Also, his social media is on fire. His periscopes are an unfiltered glimpse into pure joke writing. Watching him ask the room what song he should play while sitting at the piano and then writing a parody of that song on the fly with input from the comment section is magical.

So how does Owen Benjamin tie into a person that influenced my own craft, as each of these Unsung Heroes have. Well, Let me explain. Owen’s ability to write on the fly is truly inspiring and though I didn’t grow up with Owen, I do continue to grow with Owen. His podcast has influenced me on countless episodes and honestly has helped me grow as a public speaker. I’m no longer as quick to silence myself on a thought because I might not be as informed on a topic. Owen has shown me that dialogue is good. Expressing ideas are good. I’m 31. I don’t know everything. Why wouldn’t I want to continue to learn and evolve as a human. Owen is quick to acknowledge when he was wrong. But at least the subject was open in the first place and he was able to grow from the experience. In today’s society of what’s trending, many are quick to argue, but not willing to admit defeat.

Los Angeles lost a legend when Owen left to raise his family near his hometown. Owen currently resides in upstate New York with his wife Amy and son Walter. Many of his adventures can be seen on his periscope and instagram pages, as well as heard on Why Didn’t They Laugh and Case Closed Beers Open, a podcast with his brother Jason were they solve cases in exchange for beer. Be sure to check out Owen’s website HugePianist.com for info on upcoming stand-up dates and also pick up a sweet beer coaster. They’re hand made from trees Owen and Jason have cut down. Owen will be recording his next special this fall on his UK tour in Glasgow Scotland. You can support Owen’s podcasts on Patreon, as well.

Follow Owen Benjamin on social media via Twitter at @OwenBenjamin and on Instagram at @OwenBenjam. For all his upcoming tour dates, visit www.hugepianist.com.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

 

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The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Launches 2017 Comedy Tour Featuring Tony Hinchcliffe

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Launches 2017 Comedy Tour Featuring Tony Hinchcliffe

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour has announced the launch of the upcoming comedy tour featuring rising stand-up talent Tony Hinchcliffe. A stand-up comedian who’s considered a fresh evolution in the now-popular roasting scene, Tony appeared in Comedy Central’s inaugural Roast Battle specials, Fusion’s All Def Roast Snoop Dog Smoke Out and is appearing in the upcoming season of Seeso’s What’s Your F@%king Deal.  “One Shot” Tony’s one-hour comedy special on Netflix–airing now– is an innovative take on the stand-up special which follows him in one continuous take. The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Tony Hinchcliffe marks the largest-ever national tour of his career so far and kicks off in St. Louis on August 2 and concludes in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store on September 5. Tickets are available: HERE.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the Monster Energy Outbreak Comedy Tour for me Tony Hinchcliffe,” says Hinchcliffe. “I’ve got shows in the Midwest, the South, both the East coast and the West. I’ve got shows, I’ve got shows, in different area codes.”

Watch Tony Hinchcliffe: HERE

Watch “Kill Tony” podcast:HERE

“Tony is bold, rebellious and gut-wrenchingly funny. We first saw him during Snoop Dogg’s Comedy Central Roast and immediately knew he was a perfect fit for this tour”, adds Steve Glazer, the founder of The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. “We can’t wait to see the avenues Tony is going to pave in comedy.”

With his dark, free-flowing, and truly unapologetic stand-up comedy style,Tony Hinchcliffe is one of the most widely respected punch up writers in both TVand stand-up and highly trusted by the best comedians in the world includingChris Rock and Dave Attell. Hinchcliffe has worked as a staff writer on the past six Comedy Central Roasts, shaping iconic sets from many dais members ranging from Jeff Ross to Martha Stewart. He is a writer for NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly, Will Ferrell’s one hour special, the Comedy Central Roasts, the Comedy Central specials Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail and Justin Willman’s Sleight of Mouth.

Hinchcliffe hosts the popular, weekly podcast show, “Kill Tony,” which now has over 200,000 downloads per week. On the road he sells out with strong word of mouth drawing power due to his podcast, being a regular on The Joe Rogan Experience and years of opening/featuring theaters on tours with Jeffrey Ross, Joe Rogan, Dave Attell and most recently Dave Chappelle.

Tony recently added interviewing to his podcasting empire with his new show “The Pony Hour” as well as his hilarious pro-wrestling panel podcast “The Store Horseman” which he records with his friends Josh Martin, Chris Burns, Matt Edgar and Johnny Skourtis. Tony has opened for the 311 tour, appeared on NBC’s Last Call w/ Carson Daly and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Already well known in Los Angeles, Tony is poised to steal the show at many upcoming comedy festivals, tours, and venues around the world.

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour previous comedy tours have included Garfunkel and Oates, Chris Distefano andmore. The mission of The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is to discover rising stand-up talent and give the comedian their largest national U.S. tour and exposure. Last year, The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour helped re-emerge Andrew Dice Clay in a nationwide tour alongside prominent TV roles including the premiere of his new Showtimeseries Dice.” 

For more information: www.tonyhinchcliffe.com

Twitter: @TonyHinchcliffe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tonyhinchcliffe/?hl=en 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TonyHinchcliffe/

For more information on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, visit:#OutbreakTour,  Twitter: @outbreakpresnts,  Instagram : @outbreakpresents, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutbreakPresents,@MonsterMusic and @MonsterEnergy.

Catch Tony Hinchcliffe on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour (HERE):

DATE
LOCATION
VENUE
WED
8/2
St. Louis, MO
Ready Room
THU
8/3
Madison, WI
Majestic Theatre
FRI
8/4
Ferndale, MI
The Magic Bag
SAT
8/5
Minneapolis, MN
Women’s Club
TUE
8/8
Nashville, TN
Zaines
WED
8/9
Huntsville, AL
Stand Up Live
THU
8/10
Louisville, KY
Mercury Ballroom
FRI
8/11
Indianapolis, IN
Deluxe @ Old National Center
SAT
8/12
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues
TUE
8/15
Columbia, SC
Music Farm Columbia
WED
8/16
Decatur, GA
Eddie’s Attic
THU
8/17
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
FRI
8/18
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
SAT
8/19
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
FRI
8/25
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Soundstage
SAT
8/26
New York, NY
Gramercy Theater
SUN
8/27
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair
WED
8/30
San Francisco, CA
Cobbs
FRI
9/1
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theatre
TUE
9/5
Los Angeles, CA
The Comedy Store

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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.

Don Jamieson

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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Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival: Event To Feature Eddie Money, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foghat

Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival: Event To Feature Eddie Money, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foghat

Two of the country’s most renowned comedians, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy, have teamed up to create RFD-TV presents Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival – a brand new comedy and music festival coming to multiple cities this summer, promoted exclusively by Live Nation. With a long history of collaboration, the two have toured together multiple times and even share a stand-up special, We’ve Been Thinking…, which was released this past August and is available on Netflix. Between the two, they have racked up multiple film and TV roles, Grammy nominations, comedy specials, and their own SiriusXM channel (Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup). They’ve also hosted popular television shows, FOX’s Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (Jeff Foxworthy) and the History Channel’s Only in America with Larry The Cable Guy (Larry The Cable Guy).

Jeff Foxworthy says, “Let’s be honest. If we didn’t have music and laughter we’d all go crazy! We’re trying to bring folks a double dose of both in one night. I can’t wait to kick this off and keep my sanity in check! See you there!”

Larry The Cable Guy adds, “If you don’t like this tour you need your American credentials taken away! This is gonna rock! I’m glad to be a part of such a fun event. I might even get to sing! (Only at sound check).”

RFD-TV presents Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival will feature the comedy of Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy, along with musical performances by rock acts Eddie MoneyThe Marshall Tucker BandFoghat, and more to be announced! Musical acts will vary by city, so check local listings. With a number of platinum records under his belt, Eddie Money is most well-known for his Top 40 hits including, “Shakin,” “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets To Paradise,” and “Take Me Home Tonight” which was a Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector. The Marshall Tucker Band has launched its 45th anniversary tour and continues to perform at sold-out shows across North America, having earned five gold albums and two platinum albums. Foghat formed in 1971 and has earned eight Gold records, one Platinum record and one Double-Platinum record. Their top 20 hit “Slow Ride” was named the 45th “Best Hard Rock” song of all time by VH1 in 2009.

With over six hours of entertainment, Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival will be a full day of fun for the whole family. The concourse will feature a full selection of local barbeque options and a number of festival activities including dunk tanks, backyard games, and more.

A Citi® cardmember pre-sale begins Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. through Friday, March 10 at 10:00 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Saturday, March 11 at www.livenation.com.  Lawn and reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase, along with Family 4-Pack ticketing options on select dates. A full list of on sale dates is listed below. Additional information on tickets and pricing is available at http://www.jeffandlarrybbq.com.

A limited number of VIP ticketing packages will also be available for purchase. VIP Fan Packages are $199 and include one premium reserved seating ticket in rows 10 through 20; access to the VIP lane for expedited entry into the venue; a Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy survival kit, filled with a number of surprises; a souvenir VIP concert ticket; and on-site VIP host and ticket pickup. Git – R Done VIP Meet & Greet Packages are available to those ages 21+ for $399. These include one premium reserved seating ticket in rows 1 through 9; a Meet & Greet and individual photo opportunity with Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy; exclusive access to the VIP Club including a cash bar and dedicated restrooms (where available); one drink ticket per order; one VIP parking space per order (where available); access to the VIP lane for expedited entry into the venue; commemorative VIP laminate and branded lanyard; a Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy survival kit, filled with a number of surprises; a souvenir VIP concert ticket; and on-site VIP host and ticket pickup.

The initial tour dates for Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ are as follows, with more to be added:

08/25/17 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre – onsale: 3/11 +^
08/26/17 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center – on sale: 3/11 +^
09/02/17 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – on sale: 3/17 +
09/03/17 – Dallas, TX – TBA – on sale: 3/31 *+
09/15/17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion – on sale: 3/17 +^

* Eddie Money
+ The Marshall Tucker Band
^ Foghat

For more information on Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ, please visit:
http://www.jeffandlarrybbq.com

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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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Brian Posehn To Debut New Comedy Album, ‘Criminally Posehn,’ On August 19th Via Audible Channels

Brian Posehn To Debut New Comedy Album, ‘Criminally Posehn,’ On August 19th Via Audible Channels

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‘Criminally Posehn’

Brian Posehn, best known for his roles in Mr. Show and The Sarah Silverman Show, is poised to release Criminally Posehn, an all-new comedy album out on Rooftop Comedy, available August 19, exclusively for streaming on Audible Channels. It will be made available for sale on all digital stores, wherever albums are sold September 23, 2016.

Audible Channels is Audible’s new unlimited, advertising-free on-demand listening service featuring comedy, news, entertainment, exclusive shows and more. Channels is available as a free benefit to Audible members, and can be purchased as a stand-alone offering for $4.95 a month.

In Criminally Posehn, Posehn takes the stage at The House of Blues San Diego for Comic-Con, delivering an exceptional nerd-core stand-up performance. Part geek, part metal-head, Posehn delivers his raunchy style of humor with a side of self shaming. Despite his enjoyment of strip clubs being ruined by threats from his intimidating wife, getting himself caught by a drug dog on his own accord, and the hate for his own man boobs, Brian proves he’s a rock star, no matter how nerdy he may be.

TRACKLISTINGS:

Audible Exclusive:
01.) Intro
02.) Strip Club Ban
03.) Drug Dog
04.) F**k You Hipster
05.) Man Boobs
06.) I Love Food, I Hate Foodies
07.) Best Dinner Ever (Only on Audible Channels-exclusive version)
08.) Game of Hotel Thrones
09.) Depressed Treats
10.) Serial Killer
11.) Balls
12.) Outro

General Release:
01.) Intro
02.) Strip Club Ban
03.) Drug Dog
04.) F**k You Hipster
05.) Man Boobs
06.) I Love Food, I Hate Foodies
07.) Game of Hotel Thrones
08.) Depressed Treats
09.) Serial Killers
10.) Balls
11.) Outro

About Audible Channels:
Audible Channels is an unlimited, on-demand service featuring a curated collection of premium podcasts, important and compelling audio editions of magazine and newspaper articles, comedy shorts, lectures, short fiction and nonfiction, and other quality entertainment, information, and educational programming. Channels is available as a free benefit for Audible members, and can be purchased as a stand-alone offering for $4.95 a month. For additional information, see audible.com/channels.

About Brian Posehn:
Comedian/actor/writer/musician Brian Posehn is the star of a new hour-long stand-up special, “The Fartist,” and is known for his roles on Comedy Central’s popular show, “The Sarah Silverman Program,” WB’s “Mission Hill,” and on tour as one of the original members of the “Comedians of Comedy.”

Besides writing and performing on HBO’s acclaimed “Mr. Show,” he has appeared in sitcoms such as “Just Shoot Me,” “Seinfeld,” “NewsRadio,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “Friends.”

Brian has also appeared in several movies, including Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” “Sex Drive,” and “Surfs Up.” In 2006 he released his first graphic novel, “The Last Christmas,” and a comedy album: “Live in Nerd Rage.” His music video for “Metal By Numbers” has been viewed over two million times on You Tube and My Space.

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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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