Brendon Small

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Brendon Small
Brendon Small in July 2010.
Brendon Small in July 2010.
Background information
Also known asDonald Cock (occasional stage name)
Captain Mustache (stage character)
Born (1975-02-15) February 15, 1975 (age 46)
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
GenresComedy: Music:
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • stand-up comedian
  • animator
  • writer
  • producer
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • drum programming
Years active1997–present

Brendon Small (born February 15, 1975) is an American stand-up comedian, animator, actor, voice actor, writer, director, producer, singer, and musician known for co-creating the animated series Home Movies (1999–2004, with Loren Bouchard) and Metalocalypse (2006–13, with Tommy Blacha). He is also known for creating, performing and writing the music for the virtual melodic death metal band Dethklok.

Early career[edit]

Small was born in Illinois in 1975, but moved to California at some point in his childhood.[1] Small started learning guitar at the age of 14 after a kid in his neighborhood began teaching him about guitar and music.[2] At his first public performance, his hands shook so wildly that he had trouble controlling the guitar. It would be another ten years before he was comfortable performing in public.[3] He graduated from Palma High School in Salinas, California. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1997. During his music studies, he concurrently took several writing and comedy classes at Emerson College. After graduating, he felt that the rock music genre was fading in popularity, so decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy.[3]

He was performing stand-up at The Comedy Studio in Harvard Square when he was spotted by Loren Bouchard, who at the time was casting for the central character for a UPN pilot produced by Tom Snyder Productions, which eventually evolved into Home Movies.



Small is the co-creator, writer, producer and composer for Home Movies, an animated series that initially aired on the UPN television network and then moved to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. The final episode of Home Movies aired on April 4, 2004, after running for four seasons, although the show is periodically rerun on Adult Swim. In the series, he voiced the show's protagonist, 8-year-old aspiring filmmaker Brendon Small, as well as a number of other characters. Small also composed the show's theme music, as well as writing and performing numerous other songs for the show's soundtrack.

Small lent his voice to a number of other animated shows. He co-starred as Chad in the BET animated sitcom, Hey Monie!, and has voiced many supporting characters in The Venture Bros., including that show's shell shocked and drug-addicted version of Jonny Quest. Small has also had cameo roles in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Reno 911! and Frisky Dingo. Small, along with Scott Adsit, appeared as lead characters of the Adult Swim pilot Let's Fish; the show's pilot premiered on May 13, 2007, but the series was not picked up.

In April 2005, the Sci Fi Channel announced an upcoming debut of a half-hour animated ensemble comedy show created by Small titled Barbarian Chronicles. The show, which has never aired, was said to be produced by Small and Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Small has said that there are currently no plans to air the show but that anything can happen in the future.[4]

Small posed for a pictorial that appeared in the April 2006 issue of Playgirl magazine, as part of a humor-themed issue. Small posed naked holding a medieval flail and a strategically placed metal shield that hid his genitals. Along with comedians Ron Lynch and Craig Anton, Small has hosted the "Tomorrow Show", a weekly live comedy show at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles.

Small's latest television project is as co-producer, co-writer and composer for the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse, which premiered on August 6, 2006. The series focused on a fictional melodic death metal band named Dethklok, and each episode features a song "performed" by the band. In addition to writing, directing and executive producing the series, he also provided voice talent for the characters Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles, and Nathan Explosion, three of the five members of Dethklok. Small has stated that while animation is his dream job, he does not really like watching animation that much.[3]

In 2007 and 2009, Small hosted the Guitar Superstar competition and in September 2008, he was one of the judges.[5]

In 2010, Small directed Soundgarden's music video for "Black Rain", and The Damned Things' music video for "We've Got a Situation Here".

Small's virtual band Dethklok appeared, via video, at the 2009 Golden Gods Awards. The band received the award for Best International Band. At the 2010 Golden Gods Awards, Small attended and performed with Brian Posehn's band and introduced Fear Factory's set. At the 2011 Golden Gods Awards, Small attended and introduced DevilDriver's set.[6] Small attended the 2012 Golden Gods Awards and introduced Trivium's set. Small had been nominated for best guitarist at the 2013 Golden Gods Awards but did not win.[7]

In early 2012, Small finished work on the fourth season of Metalocalypse, which began airing on April 29, 2012 and concluded July 15, 2012. The DVD was released on October 30, 2012.

On May 10, 2013, Small and Adult Swim announced that a one-hour rock opera Metalocalypse special, entitled Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem, was in the works.[8] It aired on October 27, 2013, and featured brand new music from Dethklok.[9]

In May 2014, Small wrote a column for Premier Guitar regarding his guitar techniques.[10]

Small appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast on May 15, 2015. The episode was taped live on May 11 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon as part of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.


Throughout his adult life, Small has frequently performed stand-up comedy, first in Boston, before moving to the Los Angeles area, where he performs now. Small was one of the hosts (along with Ron Lynch and Craig Anton) of The Tomorrow Show, a live weekly musical and comedic variety show; in his off-time, Small still occasionally appears as a guest.[11] One of his prominent forms of stand-up is character comedy, where he acts out a character he created to garner laughs. Some of the characters he has played are Captain Moustache, Victor Diamond, Tiny and Bernie Fretts, all of which he has performed as in the weekly comedy podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!.[11] In recent years, Small's time has become booked from his music and television career, but he still occasionally performs stand-up at venues such as The Steve Allen Theater, The Ice House and The Baked Potato. Small credits Monty Python, Albert Brooks, Woody Allen and the Marx Brothers as his biggest comedy influences.[12][13]

Music career[edit]

Small performing live with Dethklok.

Small wrote all the music for the show Home Movies, and released all the songs he had written for the show on the Home Movies: Bonus CD. The CD was included with purchase of the Season 4 DVD box set.

With his other series Metalocalypse, Small continued to write all the music for the show. In September 2007, he completed work on the Dethklok album titled The Dethalbum, in which he collaborated with Gene Hoglan to deliver an authentic melodic death metal sound while simultaneously retaining the light-hearted nature with which Small portrays the heavy metal genre.[14] The album debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest-ranked death metal album on the Billboard at the time.[15][16]

In November 2007, Small, Hoglan, Mike Keneally and Bryan Beller performed live as Dethklok at twelve US college campuses in support of The Dethalbum. The Adult Swim-sponsored "Dethtour" featured Dethklok supporting indie rock band ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.[17] The foursome reunited in 2008 to headline a longer "Dethtour", where they toured the US in June and early July with fellow metal bands Chimaira and Soilent Green. During the tour they released the ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead/Dethklok split EP for free at the concerts.

The second Dethklok album, Dethalbum II, was released on September 29, 2009. Dethalbum II reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest charting death metal album in history, beating the first Dethalbum. A tour in support of the new album began in late 2009, where Dethklok co-headlined with the band Mastodon.

Small in concert in 2008.

Small performed guest vocals as Nathan Explosion on the Zimmers Hole song "The Vowel Song". Small also contributed guitar work to the songs "Devils Teeth" from Exodus's album Exhibit B: The Human Condition, as well as "More Metal Than You" from comedian Brian Posehn's album Fart and Wiener Jokes. Small created the "Murder Mix" of the song "Liar" by Emilie Autumn from the Liar/Dead Is the New Alive EP. Small performed the solo for the song "Get It Up" (Van Halen cover) on Sylencers' debut album A Lethal Dose of Truth.[18] Small performs a guitar solo on the song "Let's Make Out" on the Sex Slaves album Call of the Wild.

In early 2011, Small introduced the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer from Gibson, a guitar made to his own specifications, and modeled after Skwisgaar's Gibson Explorer.[19][20] A limited edition Epiphone "Thunderhorse" Explorer, based on the Gibson "Thunderhorse" Explorer, was introduced in early 2013.[21] In May 2012, Small introduced the prototype for the Gibson Flying V "Snow Falcon", built to his own specifications, and modeled after Toki Wartooth's Gibson Flying V.[22] The final version of the guitar was released on December 13, 2013.[23]

In April 2012, Small released his debut solo album, Brendon Small's Galaktikon.[24] The album featured Dethklok members Beller on bass and Hoglan on drums. Small described the album as a "high-stakes, intergalactic, extreme rock album" and described it as being similar to Dethklok but with more melodic vocals and rock elements.[25] Small performed songs from Brendon Small's Galaktikon for the first time at "WesFest 8" on March 3, 2013, in West Hollywood, California.[26]

On April 29, 2012, Small started a weekly guitar lesson video series on the Adult Swim YouTube channel, entitled "Shreducation", which consisted of 12 installments.[27]

Small, Beller and Hoglan got together to work on the third Dethklok album, Dethalbum III, which was released on October 16, 2012. Small released a fourth Dethklok album, entitled The Doomstar Requiem, on October 29, 2013, which is a soundtrack album to the Metalocalypse special of the same name. The album featured Hoglan on drums, Beller performing guest bass on a track, and Mike Keneally performing guest vocals.

Small released a follow-up record to his debut album, entitled Brendon Small's Galaktikon II, in 2017.

BS Records[edit]

In 2012, Small self-released his solo album, Brendon Small's Galaktikon, independently on his personal record label BS Records. He funded the album himself, and used all of the profits he received from the album to fund future projects. In 2013, Small made the decision to release the fourth Dethklok album, The Doomstar Requiem, on his personal label (as opposed to the usual Williams Street Records) because he wanted to make sure there was a future for Dethklok's music.[28] He explained that if he had not done this, Dethalbum III would have been the last Dethklok record released. He went on to explain that the only way to keep Dethklok's music going was by making this album a personal investment, regardless of whether or not it would be financially beneficial to him.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Small currently resides in Los Angeles.[29] He had a dog named Ernie (a Weimaraner), but the dog died in January 2014.[30] He has since gotten a new dog named Gilda, also a Weimaraner.[citation needed]

Small is of Lithuanian descent.[31] Small married interior designer Courtney Bates in 2014.


Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999–2004 Home Movies Brendon Small
Junior Adelberg
Ken Adelberg
Various characters
•Voice actor
•Animated series
2000 New Apartment New Tenant •Actor
•Short film
2003 Hey Monie Chad •Voice actor
•Animated series
2004 Reno 911! Priest •Actor
•Episodes: "Raineesha X", "Not Without My Mustache"
•TV series
2004 Last Laugh '04 Red Sox fan •Actor
•TV movie
2004–2007 Perfect Hair Forever N/A •Composed theme music
2005 Lucy: The Daughter of the Devil Classmate •Voice actor
•Episode: "He's Not the Messiah, He's a DJ"
•Composed the song "Maneater"
•Animated series
2005–present Squidbillies Dr. Jerry
•Voice actor (2 episodes)
•Episodes: "Family Trouble" (voice actor),
"Mephistopheles Traveled Below to a Southern State Whose Motto Is
'Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation'" (composer and voice actor)
•Animated series
•Composer (1 episode)
•Credited as Donald Cock
2006–present The Venture Bros. Action Johnny
Plastic Surgeon
Agent Hauser
Sgt. Hatred
Various Characters
•Voice actor (12 episodes)
•Animated series
2006–2013 Metalocalypse Nathan Explosion
Skwisgaar Skwigelf
Charles Foster Offdensen
Various characters
•Executive producer
•Voice actor
•Animated series
2006 Frisky Dingo Brent & Trent •Voice actor
•Episode: "Meet Killface"
•Animated series
•Credited as Donald Cock
2006–2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Dr. Wongburger
•Voice actor
•3 Episodes
•Animated series
•Credited as Donald Cock and The-Creature-from-Plaque-Lagoon
2007 Let's Fish Kevin •Actor
•Executive producer
•TV pilot
2010 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself •Air date: October 5, 2010
2011–2014 Bob's Burgers Animal Control Guy •Voice actor (2 episodes)
•Episodes: "Sacred Cow", "Dawn of the Peck"
•Animated series
2011 Jon Benjamin Has a Van Musician •Episode: "Smoking"
•Composed the song "Christ Pipe"
•Composed the theme music
•TV series
2012–2013 Motorcity N/A •Composer
2013 Law of the Land Guy Fellow •TV series
•Actor (5 episodes)
2013 All Growz Up with Melinda Hill Himself •Web series
2013 Morgan Ågren's Conundrum:
A Percussive Misadventure
Himself •Documentary
2013 Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem[8] Nathan Explosion
Skwisgaar Skwigelf
Charles Foster Offdensen
Various characters
•Voice actor
2013 'tallica Parking Lot Nathan Explosion •Voice only
•Animated short
•Premiered at Fantastic Fest[32]
2014 WordGirl Chazz •Voice actor
•Episode: "A Questionable Pair/All That Chazz"
•Animated series
2014–present Black Sails Pirate •Voice only
•Featured in the opening theme
•TV series
2014 Getting Doug with High Himself •Web series
2014 Turbo FAST Clip/Clap •Voice actor (2 episodes)
•Animated series
2015 Love in Moreno Valley Pastor Mitchell •Actor
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Victor Diamond •Actor (1 episode)
2015 The Playboy Morning Show Himself •Talk show
2015 Breadwinners N/A •Composed the song "Wolf Head Bread"
2016 Hidden America with Jonah Ray Captain Mustache •Episode: "Boston: Where Past is Present"
2016 Little Big Awesome Pointy Thing •Animated TV movie
2016 The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail Himself •Episode: "The One With The Box of Pain"
2016 Nerdland Mr. Kelly •Voice actor
•Animated film
2018 Clarence Video Store Clerk •Voice actor, character based on Brendon in Home Movies
•Episode: "Video Store"

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Notes
2007 Dethklok "Bloodrocuted" Co-director (with Jon Schnepp)
2010 Soundgarden "Black Rain" Director
2010 The Damned Things "We've Got a Situation Here" Director
2016 Anthrax "Blood Eagle Wings" Actor
2018 Nekrogoblikon "Dressed As Goblins" Director

Pinball machines[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2013 Metallica "Sparky" and "The Snake" [33]
2017 Aerosmith Jacky in the Box [34]


Year Podcast Role Notes
2009–2019 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself
Captain Moustache
Bernie Fretts
Victor Diamond
Willard "Willy" Mapleton
•Comedy podcast
•Episodes: #32, #256, #260, #294, #301, #320, #326, #343,
#357, #373, #418, #434, #451, #463, #498, #517, #599.5
2013 Rafflecast Himself •Episode: #26
2014 Sklarboro Country Himself •Episodes: #227
2014 Truth & Iliza Himself •Episode: #16
2015 TV Guidance Counselor Podcast Himself
2015 With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus Adalwolf Ditmar •Episodes: #30
2015 Nerd Poker Himself •Episodes: #145, #147, #148
2015 Pointless Himself •Episodes: #97, #132
2015 The Bone Zone Himself •Episodes: #194
2017 Fitzdog Radio Himself •Episodes: #614





Video games[edit]

Guest work[edit]

Collaborations and other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Brendon Small interview Sick Drummer magazine. March 21, 2009.
  2. ^ "Interview with Brendon Small (Metalocalypse, Dethklok, and Galaktikon". May 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast, #48". February 18, 2010. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "Brendon Small (Metalocalypse) interview // Interviews // Features // Lambgoat". Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Brendon Small To Host Guitar Player's Guitar Hero 2007 Competition". Ultimate Guitar. Archived from the original on March 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS 2011: The Winners & Full Show Recap | Latest News". Metal Injection. April 23, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "AND THE WINNERS OF THE REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS 2013 ARE..." May 3, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Adams, Gregory (May 10, 2013). "'Metalocalypse' to Premiere New Rock Opera This Fall". Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  9. ^ RobInjection (May 10, 2013). "Metalocalypse Creator Reveals DETHKLOK Rock Opera in the Works". Metal Injection. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  10. ^ Brendon Small (May 31, 2014). "Shredmental: The Dancer and the Drummer". Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Earwolf Bio – Brendon Small". Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  12. ^ Roberts, Michael (June 12, 2008). "Q&A with Metalocalypse and Dethklok Creator Brendon Small". Westword. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  13. ^ Mike Bent (July 18, 2009). The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing: From stand-up to sketch - all you need to succeed in the world of comedy. Adams Media. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-4405-0174-6.
  14. ^ "Review of the Dethalbum in Stylus magazine". October 15, 2007. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  15. ^ "Katie Hasty, "Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 in Debut-Heavy Week",". October 3, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  16. ^ "Review of the Dethalbum in Stylus magazine". Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  17. ^ "Adult Swim Presents Trail of Dead and Dethklok National College Tour".
  18. ^ "Sylencer: the Unknown Chicago Musician Who Got An All-Star Lineup of Musicians to Play on His Debut Album". NoiseCreep. July 17, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  19. ^ "Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer webpage". June 24, 2008. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  20. ^ "Gibson Dethklok Explorer Electric Guitar: Musical Instruments". September 9, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  21. ^ "Brendon Small Introduces The Epiphone Thunderhorse To Dealers at NAMM". March 3, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  22. ^ "Brendon Small Interview Part 3". YouTube. May 1, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  23. ^ "Brendon Small Snow Falcon Flying V". Gibson. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  24. ^ "Q&A: "METALOCALYPSE's" Brendon Small on "GALAKTIKON" and more". May 3, 2011. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  25. ^ "DETHKLOK Creator Brendon Small Talks Solo Project Due This Summer". July 15, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  26. ^ "Wesfest 8". Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  27. ^ "Weekly Shred-ucation with Brendon Small: Lesson Twelve: Badass Tappy Thing". July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  28. ^ a b "Dunlop on the Record: Brendon Small / Dethklok". October 30, 2013. Archived from the original on December 24, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  29. ^ "Q&A with Brendon Small". April 16, 2009. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  30. ^ "Goodbye to my beautiful best friend on earth. RIP Ernie. I love you". Instagram. January 16, 2014. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  31. ^ "Brendon Small of Dethklok: The HBIH Interview". November 13, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  32. ^ Katie Hasty (September 26, 2013). "New Metallica music featured in narrative and concert cuts of 'Through the Never'". Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  33. ^ "Metallica Detail Their Three Upcoming Pinball Tables". April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  34. ^ "Internet Pinball Machine Database: Stern 'Aerosmith (Pro)' Images". Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  35. ^ "Songs Brendon's not allowed to name -". Archived from the original on April 13, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  36. ^ "Bear McCreary's 'Knights of Badassdom' to be Released". February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  37. ^ "A lethal dose of truth". Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  38. ^ Brendon Small (September 22, 2014). "@Brendon_Small". Twitter. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  39. ^ "Comedian Brian Posehn announces guest-heavy Grandpa Metal album, covers A-ha's "Take on Me"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  40. ^ Cordova, Daniel (December 17, 2013). "The Mystery Collaboration Between ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and DETHKLOK's Brendon Small Revealed". Retrieved December 19, 2013.

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