DJ Hazard (comedian)

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DJ Hazard
DJ Hazard, writer, actor, musician, standup comedian.jpg
New York City May 2, 2012
Birth name Dennis Joseph Hanard
Born 1953
Nationality American

DJ Hazard (born Dennis Joseph Hanard in 1953) is an American writer, actor, musician and standup comedian.

Early life[edit]

Born in New York City, he grew up in the Bronx and Astoria, Queens and attended the High School of Art and Design, where he studied cartooning, animation, illustration and advertising. He graduated in 1971.[1] His family moved to Boston the following year.

Career[edit]

In 1979, he became one of the founders of The Ding Ho Comedy Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with Barry Crimmins, Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Denis Leary and others.[2] Throughout the 1980s, DJ Hazard was active in the Boston comedy scene, hosting shows at the Comedy Connection and Play It Again Sam's. He performed under the name DJ Hanard, but legally changed his name to DJ Hazard in 1984 after frequently seeing misspellings of his name.[3] In the late 1980s, he hosted a show called "The Friday Night Comic Strip" on WZLX[3] and in 1989, he was named Comedian of the Year in a Boston Herald reader's poll.[4]

During this time, he was known for taking time to critique and encourage new comedians. In the interview section of the documentary film When Stand Up Stood Out, which explores the Boston comedy scene in the 1980s and 90s, Dane Cook cites DJ Hazard as being one of the comedians who inspired him to enter standup comedy. In a 2005 interview, Louis CK credited Hazard for being his mentor when he first started out.[5]

After 14 years as a headliner in Boston comedy, Hazard moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 1994. He returned to Boston a year later, bought a 1985 Nissan Stanza and set off on a three-year self-booked tour of North America before returning to Boston in 1998. He moved back to New York City in 2006.[6][7] He has also performed extensively throughout Canada, including Winnipeg,[8] Toronto[9] and Montreal.

In addition to his stand-up performances, DJ Hazard has released three comedy/music CDs: "Lock Up The Planet When You Leave" (1993), "El Hazardo Rides Again" (2007)[10] and "Man Of Hazardium" (2009).[11] He has also acted in several movies, beginning with the 2004 film Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story.[12][13]

As an actor, he has recently starred as Dr. Robotnik, in Blue Core Studios' spec film, Sonic.

Personal life[edit]

In 1982, he was included in Boston Herald columnist Norma Nathan's Book of Boston's Most Eligible Bachelors.[14]

On June 30, 1991, he and fellow comedian and best friend Rick Jenkins were mistaken for two of America's Most Wanted and held by Federal Agents for the better part of the day until they proved their innocence.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alumni Gallery". artdesignalumni.com. Art & Design Alumni Association. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Johnston Chase, Katy (November 26, 2004). "A Legacy of Laughs". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 11, 2012.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Morse, Steve (December 9, 1993). "D.J. Hazard: Latter-day 'Surf Daddy' still rides a college-student wave". Boston Globe. Retrieved July 11, 2012.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "1989 Scene Awards". Boston Herald, page S2. October 13, 1989. 
  5. ^ McKim, Brian. "HBO ONS Interviews". SheckyMagazine.com. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ Singer, Andrew. "Inside With DJ Hazard: 'You Should See The Other Guy". TheApiary.org. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kharakh, Ben. "DJ Hazard, Comedian". TheGothamist.com. Archived from the original on September 17, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Show Review: DJ Hazard, Rumors Comedy Club, January 9, 2009". TheSeriousComedySite.com. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ Spevack, Leatrice (July 19, 2002). "Burly comic a laugh monster". The Toronto Star, page F11. 
  10. ^ McCarthy, Sean L. (September 23, 2005). "Politics No Laughing Matter for Hazard". The Boston Herald. Retrieved July 7, 2012.  (subscription required)
  11. ^ "DJ Hazard: Man of Hazardium". TheSeriousComedySite.com. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story". Variety.com. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "IMDb: DJ Hazard, movies". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ Nathan, Norma (1982). Boston's Most Eligible Bachelors. Lexington, Massachusetts: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 176. ISBN 0866160221. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Dean (July 5, 1991). "FBI finds little humor in Hub comics". Boston Herald, page 16. 

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