List: 10 Metalhead Comedians
This week, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson announced that he will be hosting the grand opening of the storefront for his boutique coffee brand, Ellefson Coffee Co., alongside comedian Don Jamieson. There’s a lot of crossover within the metal genre, but perhaps one of the most overlooked crossovers is that of comedy and metal. With the sudden influx of metalhead comedians, comedy tents are becoming staples at hard rock and metal festivals such as Rock on the Range. More comics are being asked to host major metal events, including our very own 6th Annual Golden Gods Awards, which took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in 2014. In honor of the beautifully brutal marriage of comedy and metal, we’ve compiled a list of ten metal comedians. Let us know which ones we’ve missed and which ones are your favorites in the comments!
1. Brian Posehn
Brian Posehn’s face is a familiar one in households as he has made a wealth of television appearances on hit series such as ‘Mission Hill,’ ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and dozens more. In addition to his storied career as an actor, Posehn is also an important figure in the metal community. When Relapse Records signed Posehn, it was groundbreaking in that he was the first comedian to ever be signed to an indie metal label. He’s recorded songs with icons such as Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Lamb of God’s Mark Morton, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta and many others. Posehn’s comedy and metal worlds collided when he was recruited to do voiceover work and write a few episodes of ‘Metalocalpyse.’
2. Jim Florentine
Jim Florentine might be the king of prank calls for his work with Comedy Central’s ‘Crank Yankers’ and for his widely successful series, ‘Terrorizing Telemarketers,’ for which the latest volume was released via Metal Blade Records, but that’s not all he’s known for. As one of three co-hosts of VH1 Classic’s now defunct ‘That Metal Show,’ Florentine is one of the most important figures in metal. The comic has championed bands ranging from Van Halen to Slipknot and even hosts his own Comedy Metal Midgets radio show on Sirius XM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard channel.
3. Don Jamieson
Don Jamieson has a versatile resume that includes comedy, sports and of course, metal. Alongside Jim Florentine, Jamieson also co-hosted ‘That Metal Show,’ where he stood apart from the others for his extreme metal preferences. Jamieson is also signed to Metal Blade Records, solidifying his title as a “metal comedian.”
4. Jim Norton
Radio personality and comic Jim Norton is known for his appearances on Louis C.K.’s television shows, ‘The Louie Show’ and ‘Lucky Louie,’ as well as his contributions towards Sirius XM’s Opie and Anthony show, which he eventually went on to co-host with Opie after Anthony’s departure. Norton also hosts a show on Sirius XM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard where he plays tons of hard rock and heavy metal tunes and has even forged close relationships with Osbournes themselves.
5. Jim Breuer
Jim Breuer is easily the most metal of Saturday Night Live’s alumni. He has not only performed with legends like Rob Halford and Sebastian Bach, but he also has his own metal band, Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy, who are signed to Metal Blade Records. Breuer’s stand up includes telling metal-centric jokes and doing impressions of James Hetfield, Rob Halford, Brian Johnson and Ozzy Osbourne.
6. Craig Gass
Craig Gass has fooled many with his flawless impersonations of KISS’ Gene Simmons. Even Simmons himself has confronted the comedian on The Howard Stern Show because Gass spent an entire week on the Sirius XM show successfully pretending to be The Demon. Gass obtained much notoriety for his shtick and has even performed at Rock on the Range in 2016.
7. Sam Kinison
Sam Kinison is regarded as the first ever “metal comedian.” In 1988, he filmed a video of his own version of The Troggs’ song “Wild Thing,” in which appearances were made by members of Guns N’ Roses, Ratt, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Poison and Billy Idol. In fact, he was so metal that Anthrax sampled his scream in the song, “I’m the Man.” Kinison tragically died in 1992 when he was killed by a drunk driver.
8. Andrew Dice Clay
Best known for his dirty nursery rhymes, Andrew Dice Clay got his start as the role of “Dice” in the 1984 film, ‘Making the Grade.’ When he started to perform his standup routines, he did so as his leather-clad character from the movie and rapidly became a huge success within the metal community. Dice went on to eventually be signed to Def American Recordings, where his labelmates included Slayer, Danzig and more.
9. Jack Black
While actor Jack Black has never won an Academy Award, his comedy metal outfit, Tenacious D, infamously won a Grammy in 2015 in the “Best Metal Performance” category for their cover of Ronnie James Dio’s “The Last in Line.” Black’s love for the genre is so strong that he has incorporated it into roles he has played, most notably Dewey Finn in ‘School of Rock.’ His film ‘Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny’ saw cameos by iconic rockers such as Ronnie James Dio and Dave Grohl.
10. Doug Stanhope
Doug Stanhope is known for his nihilistic and cynical standup routines, including the time he would call his own dying mother from the stage every night simply to see how the audience would react if she didn’t answer. Signed to Roadrunner Records, Stanhope is not only popular among metal fans, but is a metalhead himself as well.