Brian Posehn

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Brian Posehn
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Posehn in November 2007
Birth name Brian Edmund Posehn
Born (1966-07-06) July 6, 1966 (age 48)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, music
Nationality American
Years active 1994–present
Spouse Melanie Truhett (2004–present)
Website brianposehn.com

Brian Edmund Posehn[1] (born July 6, 1966) is an American actor, voice actor, musician, writer, and comedian, known for his roles as Jim Kuback on The WB's Mission Hill and Brian Spukowski on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program.

Early life

Posehn was born[2] and raised[3] in Sacramento, California. He is of German and Irish descent.[4] Posehn graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1984.[5] He attended college at Sacramento State University.[6]

Career

Television work

Posehn began with guest appearances and mainly small roles in TV shows. He was on 28 episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995–1998), a sketch comedy series on HBO. In a 1996 episode of Friends, he delivered the manuscript in which Joey Tribbiani's soap opera character "Dr. Drake Ramoray" is killed off. He appeared as two different characters in NewsRadio: a fan with questions for Jimmy James at a book reading (1997), and a member of Dave's a cappella group "Chock Full o' Notes" (1998). In the Seinfeld episode "The Burning" (1998), he played a patient, when Kramer "was given" gonorrhea. His character was instructed to "act out" to a group of medical students how a surgeon left a sponge in him post surgery. Posehn also wrote the Space Ghost: Coast to Coast episode "Cahill" (1998) with Ben Karlin. He appeared on 29 episodes of the NBC series Just Shoot Me! (1999–2003). He played the voice of Jim in Mission Hill on the WB (1999–2002), and Del Swanson in 3 South on MTV (2002–2003). On an Adult Swim production, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, he voiced the Wisdom Cube in the 2003 episode "The Cubing".

Posehn performed the voice of Gibbons, a tiny man, on several episodes of the Cartoon Network's Tom Goes to the Mayor (2005–2006). He also appeared in the 2005 pilot for The Showbiz Show with David Spade, in a segment called "The Nerd Perspective", in which he gave a scathing criticism of MTV and its declining quality. He also played a mortician in several episodes of Comedy Central's Reno 911. He was featured on the 2005 documentary series The Comedians of Comedy on Comedy Central and Showtime. He was in a 2007 episode of the improv series Thank God You're Here on NBC and was a celebrity judge on the revived 1970s game show The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008), on Comedy Central. He co-stars on The Sarah Silverman Program with Steve Agee as a gay couple who is friends with Silverman,[7] and also wrote the season three finale "Wowschwitz". He played himself in the episode "Spagett" of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, appeared at the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, played the role of a physically disabled man (Scooter Man) in the second season's premiere episode "Slip of the Tongue" of Californication (2008), on Showtime, and played Dethklok's second manager in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethsources", he also wrote the episode "Fatherklok". In 2007 he joined the first season of the MTV sketch comedy series Human Giant, as a writer and performer, and voices Glen Furlblam, the biggest fan of Dr. Two-Brains on the PBS Kids animated series WordGirl. In 2012 he co-wrote the fourth season of Metalocalypse.

Film work

Posehn in June 2008

Movie appearances from Posehn include the 2003 comedy film sequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Grind, the 2005 Rob Zombie horror film The Devil's Rejects, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and the 2007 animated feature Surf's Up, where he played Glen Maverick. Posehn appeared as himself in the 2007 documentary Super High Me starring 'marijuana comedian' Doug Benson, the 2008 documentary Nerdcore Rising about MC Frontalot and in a supporting role in Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.

Posehn voices the character of Murray, a robot, in Rob Zombie's animated The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. He also voiced the character Hayashi in the English dub of Pom Poko.

Stand-up comedy

In 2002, Posehn appeared on Comedy Central Presents, followed by the release of 2005's The Comedians of Comedy, a documentary/live special chronicling a 2004 small-club comedy tour he participated in. The film was followed up by a television series on Comedy Central of the same name. Posehn's debut comedy album Live In: Nerd Rage was released in 2006. He participated in the Comedy Lineup of the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which included Louis C.K., Janeane Garofalo and Zach Galifianakis. Posehn performed as part of the Rock N' Roll Comedy set with Jim Norton and Michelle Buteau. During his 2008 routine on Comedy Central Presents he referred to his Wikipedia article, which he supposedly vandalized.[8] In 2010, Posehn released his second album Fart and Wiener Jokes. In 2011, Posehn agreed to perform at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Some of his fans criticized this decision as being "not metal".[9] Posehn countered that "getting a paycheck is metal", and expressed respect towards the Juggalo fan culture, as well as the independent music success of Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records.[9] In 2013, Posen released his third comedy album and first DVD, The Fartist.

Music

In 2006, Relapse Records released his first album, Live In: Nerd Rage.[10][11] It includes "Metal by Numbers", a song mocking bands that term themselves "metal" but are clearly not.[12][13] The instrumental tracks feature musicians such as guitarist Scott Ian (of Anthrax), bassist Joey Vera (then of Anthrax, but also of Armored Saint and Fates Warning), drummer John Tempesta (of The Cult and White Zombie), and lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (of Shadows Fall). Posehn also appeared in the Anthrax music video for "What Doesn't Die". Posehn appeared on a Season 4 episode of the music talk show That Metal Show and Lamb of God's Walk With Me In Hell DVD, and performed "More Metal Then You", a song that was included on his non-musical stand-up comedy album Fart & Weiner Jokes, with "Brian Posehn's All-Star Band" on the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Posehn appeared in The Damned Things music video for "We've Got A Situation Here". He provided backing vocals for Evile's album Five Serpent's Teeth.

Other work

Posehn has provided voice work for video games Brütal Legend as The Hunter[14] and Star Warped as co-narrator Brian.[15] Posehn has also voiced Grunts and various Marines in the 2004 video game Halo 2.

Posehn appeared in the commercial "Ink Fairy" for Staples office supply store in its ad campaign featuring the "Easy Button."

In 2006, Posehn co-wrote the comic book The Last Christmas with writer Gerry Duggan, published by Image Comics (ISBN 1582406766).

In April 2009 Posehn hosted the first American "Golden Gods Awards" for metal music hosted by Revolver Magazine.

As part of the Marvel NOW! initiative Posehn and Gerry Duggan are co-writing the Deadpool ongoing comic series which launched in November 2012, illustrated by Tony Moore.[16]

Since 2012, Posehn has hosted a podcast called Nerd Poker, where a group of comedians play Dungeons & Dragons. Co-hosts include comic book writer Gerry Duggan and comedian Blaine Capatch, among others.

Personal life

Posehn married Melanie Truhett in 2004 and has a son with her.[17] While once known for his use of cannabis, Posehn quit smoking marijuana in 2011.[18][19]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Wedding Singer Man at Table 9 Uncredited
2000 The Independent Fan from Casper Uncredited
2000 Desperate But Not Serious Auteur #2
2002 Run Ronnie Run Tank Also writer
2002 Sorority Boys Haggard Alum
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Store clerk
2003 Grind Orville the Scraggly Guy
2003 Brother Bear Additional voice
2004 Adventures in Homeschooling Eugene Drifke Short film
2004 Eulogy Video Store Clerk
2005 Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic Friend
2005 Cake Boy Darrel
2005 The Devil's Rejects Jimmy
2005 Pom Poko Hayashi (voice) English dub
2006 Sleeping Dogs Lie Randy
2006 Ergo Proxy Dog Cop #2
2007 Smiley Face Bus Driver
2007 Undead or Alive: A Zombedy Ben
2007 Surf's Up Glen Maverick (voice)
2007 Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer Wedding Minister
2008 Spy School Grissom
2008 Sex Drive Carney
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Murray (voice)
2010 Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Marlon Whirlen (voice)
2011 Lloyd the Conqueror Andy
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Tarquin
2013 Knights of Badassdom Gilberto
2014 Hell & Back Cleb (voice) Post-production
2015 Uncle Nick Uncle Nick Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Empty Nest Painted gut guy Episode: "Harry Weston: Man's Best Friend"
1995–1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various Also writer
21 episodes
1996 Friends Messenger Episode: "The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies"
1996 Party Girl Patron #1 Episode: "Pilot"
1997, 2001 Everybody Loves Raymond Walter / Warren 2 episodes
1997–1998 NewsRadio Brian / Fan 2 episodes
1998 Jenny Guest #3 Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Hang with a Celebrity"
1998 Veronica's Closet The Maintenance Guy Episode: "Veronica's Divorce Papers"
1998 Seinfeld Artie Episode: "The Burning"
1998 The Army Show Eddie 5 episodes
1999 Maggie Janitor Episode: "This Is Just a Test"
1999–2002 Mission Hill Jim Kuback (voice) 13 episodes
1999 Jesse Terry Episode: "Momma Was a Rollin' Stone"
1999–2003 Just Shoot Me! Kevin Liotta 29 episodes
2001 Clerks: The Animated Series Various voices 3 episodes
2001 Becker George Episode: "The Ugly Truth"
2002 Comedy Central Presents Himself Comedy special
2002–2007 Kim Possible Cousin Larry (voice) 5 episodes
2002–2003 3 South Del 13 episodes
2003 Ozzy & Drix Sylvian Fisher (voice) Episode: "Growth"
2003 Crank Yankers Clay (voice) Episode: "2.19"
2003 Aqua Teen Hunger Force The Real Wisdom Cube (voice) Episode: "The Cubing"
2004 Method & Red Guard Episode: "Pilot"
2004–2005 The Bernie Mac Show David 2 episodes
2005 American Dad! Dan Vebber (voice) Episode: "All About Steve"
2005 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Craig Bogie Episode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"
2005–2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Gibbons (voice) 4 episodes
2006 Re-Animated Crocco (voice) TV Movie
2006–2007 Reno 911! Stevie the Coroner 3 episodes
2007 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Gibbons (voice) Episode: "Friends"
2007–2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Brian Spukowski 32 episodes
2007–2008 Human Giant Various characters 5 episodes
2007–2008 Out of Jimmy's Head Crocco (voice) 18 episodes
2008 The Mighty B! Ride Guy (voice) Episode: "So Happy Together/Sweet Sixteenth"
2008 Transformers: Animated Nino Sexton/Nanosec (voice) 2 episodes
2008 Metalocalypse Melward Fjordslorn (voice) Episode: "Dethsources"
2008 Californication Scooter Man Episode: "Slip of the Tongue"
2008 Comedy Central Presents: 2008 Breakout Comedians Himself Comedy special
2010 Adventure Time Business Man #1 (voice) Episode: "Business Time"
2010 The Penguins of Madagascar Duane (voice) Episode: "Stop Bugging Me/Field Tripped"
2010–2011 Sym-Bionic Titan Octus/Newton (voice) 19 episodes
2010 The Suite Life on Deck Dr. Cork Episode: "Frozen"
2011 Bob's Burgers Choo-Choo (voice) Episode: "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs"
2012 Holliston Clerk Episode: "Skunked"
2012 Conan Audience member Episode: "Never Bring a Knife to a Hot Dog Eating Contest"
2012 Guys with Kids Victor 3 episodes
2013 Newsreaders Ames MacKenzie Episode: "Auto Erotic"
2013 Anger Management Brian Episode: "Charlie and Kate Start a Sex Study"
2013–2014 The Big Bang Theory Bert 2 episodes
2014 Uncle Grandpa Charlie Burgers (voice) Episode: "Charlie Burgers"
2014 New Girl Biology Teacher 3 episodes
2014 Community Bixel Episode: "App Development and Condiments"
2014 Steven Universe Sour Cream (voice) Episode: "Lars and the Cool Kids"

Video games

Year Title Role
2004 Halo 2 Grunt (voice)
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Octus (voice)
2009 Brütal Legend Hunter (voice)

Discography

Bibliography

Image Comics

Marvel Comics

  • Deadpool:
    • Volume 1: Dead Presidents (collects Deadpool (Marvel Now!) vol. 3 #1-6, 154 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, May 2013)
    • Volume 2: Soul Hunter (collects Deadpool (Marvel Now!) vol. 3 #7-12, 137 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, August 2013)
    • Volume 3:The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (collects Deadpool (Marvel Now!) vol. 3 #13-19, 160 pages, Marvel Comics, softcover, January 2014)

References

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  2. ^ Wolinsky, David (March 3, 2011). "Brian Posehn gets serious, discusses lifelong love of dick jokes". AV Club. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
    • a "When the Sacramento-born performer isn't making cameos on shows like Californication..." — ¶ 1.
  3. ^ Hall, Corey (July 6, 2011). "Brian Posehn, still metal. Still funny.". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
    • a "Yet this Sacramento bred comedian..." — ¶ 1.
  4. ^ Grossman, David (2010-03-12). "Brian Posehn Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner Canada. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Brian Posehn". New York Times. 2005-11-11. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Brian Posehn Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  7. ^ Bill Carter (2007-03-28). "Home Base for Laughs? Comedy Central Thinks So". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central; Episode 1211; First aired in 2008; Viewed April 3, 2009
  9. ^ a b "Joe Rogan (Podcast Site)". Blog.joerogan.net. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Live In: Nerd Rage". Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  11. ^ "Live In: Nerd Rage". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  12. ^ Metal by Numbers on YouTube
  13. ^ Brian Posehn on Myspace
  14. ^ Game Day: Heavy metal thunder
  15. ^ All Game: Star Warped Credits
  16. ^ Marvel NOW! Q&A: Deadpool
  17. ^ Nail, Michelle (November 9, 2011). "His Dick is the 99%: Part 2 of An Interview with Brian Posehn". Austinist. 
  18. ^ Schneider, Marc (June 10, 2011). "Pot Comic Quits Pot: Brian Posehn 'Hated Who I Was'". PopEater. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ Talty, John (June 15, 2012). "Despite His Surliness, Brian Posehn Wants You to Know He's Not An *******". International Business Times. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 

External links

Interviews