Corky and the Juice Pigs
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|Corky and the Juice Pigs|
|Origin||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Years active||1987–1998 (?)|
Corky and the Juice Pigs was a Canadian comedy musical group made up of Phil Nichol (guitar/vocals), Greg Neale (mandolin/vocals), and Seán Cullen (harmonica/vocals). Their output consisted mainly of original comedic songs, largely satirical and often parodying various musical styles.
Corky and the Juice Pigs got their start doing a comedy radio show on the University of Windsor's CJAM campus station. There, the group hosted a show called "Last Laughs on Us". They referred to themselves as "The Little Bits of Gravel". This line up comprised Phil, Seán, and Joe Costa.
After their stint on college radio, Joe, Seán, and Phil entered a comedy competition hosted by Eugene Levy that was touring Canadian university campuses in the late '80s. They joined the contest under the moniker Corky and the Juice Pigs. Joe Costa left the group early into their career to pursue a teaching occupation, and was replaced by Greg Neale. One of their early national Canadian TV appearances was on the MuchMusic program Much West in the late 1980s, during which they performed a parody of Kabuki theatre.
The Canadian band Barenaked Ladies toured with Corky and the Juice Pigs in 1989 1990, joining them on an Eastern Canadian tour. Barenaked Ladies also opened for them several times in their hometown of Toronto.
They are best known in the United States for their performances on MADtv, including their most famous song "Eskimo" (which has often been wrongly called "I'm the Only Gay Eskimo" and falsely attributed to Stephen Lynch, Weird Al Yankovic, Tenacious D, Tripod, Ween or the Cast of Saturday Night Live on P2P Networks). The group has also parodied specific performers, often by performing their own songs in the style of others.
The group also toured internationally, netting a Perrier Award nomination at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1993. They also attracted a loyal fan base in Australia thanks to touring in the early 90s, an appearance on The Big Gig and airplay on radio stations such as 3PBS and 3RRR where they were regularly played on magazine-style comedy show The Cheese Shop. As a result, they still attracted sell out crowds at their last appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival towards the end of their career.
- 1992 Buck A Song (cassette only)
- C. Gameshow
- D. Gameshow
- P.S.A. 2
- Rok Stedy
- Rok Stedy
- Love Affair
- When the Moon
- Captain Greg
- Circus Freaks
- Enviro Girl
- Dolphin Boy
- Diet Riot
- Curly's Pants
- The Church
- Christmas Dreams
- Picnic Party
- French Cowboys
- BVG (Burn Victim Girl)
- Hot Squat Hombre
- 1996 - A Little Off the Top
- 1996 - MadTV (guest appearance, Fox Television)
- 26 October 1998 - SketchCom (guest appearance, CBC Television)
- Corky & The Juice Pigs page at Phil Nichol's website
- Corky and the Juice Pigs fan site
- Media Potluck: Corky & the Juice Pigs (1987-1998)
- Podcast of Greg Neale's radio show"