Josh Adam Meyers knows every comedian secretly wants to be a rock star. After a false start at the CW, his L.A.-based Goddamn Comedy Jam — comics perform a set, then a song backed by a live band — was picked up yesterday by Comedy Central. Before the show makes its way to Moontower this month, Meyers recalls some of the Jam‘s highlights thus far.
Bill Burr – Bill has been the biggest supporter. A big part of the reason we’ve gotten where we are is because of him. He has fun with the costumes, even when I keep telling him, “You know you don’t have to dress up!” He’s been the drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Motley Crüe, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC…
Kyle Gass – That was the third show. He just showed up and did a couple Tenacious D songs and one of his originals. And then he came back the following month as well. We’re still trying to get him and Jack, and I think one day we will. But it was still one of those moments where you think, “Okay, something’s actually happening here!”
Jerrod Carmichael – Jerrod is blessed with many talents, and the voice of an angel is one of them. He would have made Steve Wonder proud.
Jen Kirkman – Jen was immediately wondering, “What can I do?” If you know her history, as a kid she always dressed up a lot…but I didn’t expect her to go full Janice Joplin. And she hit every note and rasp. It was terrific.
Matteo Lane – I watched some of his clips, and Matteo opens his stand-up set by doing opera. I was like, “I’ve got to get him on this show!” It just so happened he was coming to L.A. for Riot, and I made sure to get in touch. Me and the band love Matteo. If I ever did have sex with a gay man, it would be Matteo. I am so attracted to him as a talent and a personality. He’s just a crusher: He’s done Riot, two in L.A. and he did the Gramercy show in New York. It’s a gay man singing Whitney Houston. How can an audience not love that?
Hannibal Buress – I’ve known Hannibal for about five years now, and he’s been a good buddy. I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like, and with his schedule I didn’t know if he’d be able to do the show. But I threw it out there a couple of times, and finally it stuck. I don’t think he actually realized what the show was at first. He didn’t know any of the words to “Bennie and the Jets,” but he just made it his own thing. And it was great.
Kevin Nealon and Harland Williams – Harland did the show in Montreal. I love him to death and think he’s one of the funniest people working. He’s just so Harland. He’s done it twice in L.A.; he did “Space Oddity,” “War Pigs,” and he’s done “Carry on My Wayward Son.” Kevin Nealon was a headliner who just called me. He heard about the show and had another comic that had my number call me. I was like, “Cool!” and booked him the next month. It was a really beautiful morning to wake up to a call from Kevin Nealon.
Jeff Ross – He’s probably one of the nicest, most helpful guys in comedy for younger comics. He can’t sing, but he loved the show. He did a couple of his own original songs up front, and then closed it out with KISS song. He was the only person who made a KISS song more Jewish than it already is.
Sarah Silverman – She immediately came to me with a Billy Joel song that is one of my favorites, “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.” She totally brought it.
Louis C.K., Bert Kreischer, Joe DeRosa – Louis dropped in at the Improv one night and I chased him down. He was like, “All right, maybe I’ll come by.” Then that night as Bert’s onstage wearing assless chaps, Louie showed up. He’s an icon now – one of the best comics working today – and the mood in the room just changed. People didn’t know what to do with themselves, they were so in shock, just, like…reorganizing craft services because Louis C.K. is up there killing “Comfortably Numb.”