Brett Davis (comedian)

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Brett Davis
New Jersey, US
Occupation(s)Comedian, actor, television host
Years active2006–present
TelevisionThe Special Without Brett Davis

Brett Davis is an American comedian and actor. He hosted a public access show called The Special Without Brett Davis in the New York City metro area. He has also hosted The Podcast for Laundry and The Macaulay Culkin Show. In 2015, he won the Andy Kaufman Award. In 2019, he joined the cast of the National Lampoon Radio Hour.


Davis grew up in New Jersey, and as a teenager, he was a caller and contributor to The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, and guest-hosted NYCTV's New York Noise. He also performed regularly around the New Brunswick punk scene, which was the topic of an early short film, BANANAZZZ.[1]

Davis hosted the public access show The Special Without Brett Davis, taking over the time slot previously held by The Chris Gethard Show, on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The show aired over 170 episodes, and featured performers including Jo Firestone, Cole Escola, Joe Pera, Julio Torres and Bridey Elliott, and guests such as Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Shannon, Lita, Rose McGowan, The Thermals, and Screaming Females.[2]

Davis hosted The Podcast For Laundry, "a satire of podcasting" about a host being driven crazy by doing a podcast about laundry. He also performs character-based comedy around New York City,[3] and won the Andy Kaufman Award in 2015 for his interactive live performances.[4][5]

Along with Sally Burtnick, he has hosted The Macaulay Culkin Show, a monthly comedy show held at the Shea Stadium DIY Venue in East Williamsburg from 2013 to 2017.[6] The show has an annual summer comedy festival. The show had previously been unaffiliated with the actor until Culkin made an appearance in 2019.[7]

In 2019, he became a cast member of the rebooted National Lampoon Radio Hour.



Year Title Role Notes Refs
2006 New York Noise MC Steinberg 4 episodes Website
2011 Weird Vibes various 3 episodes Website
2014 The Chris Gethard Show Smith 3 episodes [1][8]
2015–2019 The Special Without Brett Davis Host, various characters Also creator, cable access show [8]
2016 Boy Band Shane 6 episodes; also creator [9]
2016 Jon Glaser Loves Gear Agent Website
2017 Animals. Lizard Man 2 episodes Website
2018 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Roy Orbison Website
2018 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Various characters 2 episodes Website
2018-2020 Our Cartoon President Anderson Cooper Voice role [10]
2020 National Lampoon Radio Hour Various characters 11 episodes [11]
2022 The Best Show with Tom Scharpling Various characters [12]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Steinjive MC Steinberg
2016 Long Nights Short Mornings Grokkq
2018 Clara's Ghost Driver


  1. ^ a b Goldstein, Ian (August 25, 2017). "On the Verge: Brett Davis". Vulture. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Malin, Sean (June 13, 2019). "10 of the Weirdest and Most Surreal Moments From The Special Without Brett Davis". Vulture. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Zinoman, Jason (April 10, 2018). "The Sociopathic Comedy of Brett Davis". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  4. ^ McCarthy, Sean L. (October 12, 2015). "Brett Davis wins 2015 Andy Kaufman Award". The Comic's Comic. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Winners Hall of Fame". Andy Kaufman Award. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Return of The Macaulay Culkin Show and More Performance Picks". Bedford + Bowery. August 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Pearis, Bill (July 25, 2019). "Macaulay Culkin appearing at Brett Davis' 'Macaulay Culkin Show' for 1st time ever". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Yanick, Joseph (September 1, 2015). "'The Special Without Brett Davis' Is the Best Punk Rock Comedy Show on Public Access TV". Vice.
  9. ^ Wright, Megh (March 22, 2016). "Brett Davis Assembles the Next Big Boy Band in His New IFC Web Series". Vulture.
  10. ^ "Showtime to Premiere Season Two of Our Cartoon President on May 12". Broadway World. April 9, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Watch National Lampoon Radio Hour". Roku. April 9, 2019. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  12. ^ [1]

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