It’s a long way to the top (if you wanna rock ‘n roll).
It’s been almost a year to the day when we first experienced The Goddamn Comedy Jam. It was a show happening on the West Coast that we were hearing awesome things about. A live party where comedians were able to live out their rock fantasies after performing stand-up in front of a crowd. The Goddamn Comedy Jam came to be when its mastermind Josh Adam Meyers and Bill Burr (who likes to play drums) hit it off one night and bonded over music. Meyers mentioned the idea to Burr who enthusiastically encouraged him to make it a reality. Meyers was able to get the show up and running monthly at the Lyric Theater. With Burr supporting Myers by making appearances a the show, it immediately became an event people wanted to see and comedians wanted to perform.
As luck would have it, we had a West Coast jaunt scheduled on our calendars that would would overlap on a GDCJ night. After scoring an invite from Meyer’s totally awesome manager, it took all but 10 minutes for us to realize the specialness of the show, comedians tell their best jokes and then with a band live out their rock and roll dreams. Turns out, it only takes witnessing Jay Larson telling a great story about gaming a radio station prize win followed up with a crushing rendition of Young MC’s “Bust A Move” to make you a fan. The icing on the cake would be witnessing Dane Cook perform Van Halen or Iliza Shlesinger rip through Pat Benatar. Two things we were able to witness that night. The Goddamn Comedy Jam allowed us to sit directly in the ditch of rock and comedy. We were converted.
With an East Coast tour and some festival bookings, we were able to catch The Goddamn Comedy Jam a few more times since. Each time making it a point to bring new friends to the show with the hopes (and success) of making them fans. When he was in NYC at the end of last year, Josh Adam Meyers dropped by The Laugh Button Podcast to go fully into detail about the show – where it came from, where it was, and where it was headed. It was a fantastic hang. Later that night put Meyers and the Goddamn Comedy Band in front of their largest audience yet at Gramercy Theatre in New York. Want to see Hannibal Buress hilariously stumble through, “Benny And The Jets?” What about Big Jay Oakerson leading a signalong to Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So!” or Bill Burr ripping through drums on GNR’s “Paradise City?” It was a magical night, one in which we even got a shoutout from the stage from Myers before a song dedication.
Now, things come full circle for Josh Adam Meyers. In a little over a year’s time the Goddamn Comedy Jam has gone from a much buzzed about monthly show into a tour, a sweet entrance at Bonnaroo, and just this week announced that Comedy Central will air special of The Goddamn Comedy Jam later this year. Meyers and his team have found the formula intersects his love for comedy and music. It’s already resonated with some of the biggest names in comedy and now is poised to resonate with the TV watching audience at large. Now it’s time for an ensemble singalong to, “Hey Jude!”
The Goddamn Comedy Jam hour special will be recorded for Comedy Central at the Avalon in Hollywood on Tuesday, June 21st. The show will feature Pete Davidson, Adam Devine, Jim Jefferies, Natasha Leggero and Jay Pharoah (buy tickets). All of whom will hopefully be a part of a show that will be a hit with the masses. We get Roasts every year, why not give us Goddamn Comedy Jams?