Dave Hill (comedian)

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Dave Hill
Dave Hill
Hill in 2016
Born Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Website www.davehillonline.com

Dave Hill is an American comedian, radio host, writer, musician and actor originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is the host of The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU radio in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 2007 Variety named Hill one of their "10 Comics to Watch".[1]



Hill is a frequent panelist on Comedy Central's @midnight program and has appeared on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Inside Amy Schumer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Comedy Knockout, and The Jim Gaffigan Show, among other shows. He moved to New York City in 2003 and began performing live comedy regularly in 2005. His first TV appearances were as a correspondent on Court tv's Smoking Gun TV. In 2007, Hill starred in the television show The King of Miami on the MOJO HD network. The show also aired on Film24 in the UK and is currently available on Hulu. Hill appeared regularly as a correspondent on the Fuse network's Hoppus on Music hosted by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 from 2010-2012. He also hosts the stage show The Dave Hill Explosion at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Hollywood and currently appears as on-air talent for HBO and Cinemax. He has also worked extensively for the comedy website Super Deluxe.

In 2007, Hill appeared at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Hill has also appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Sasquatch Festival, Bumbershoot, Outside Lands, the Crap Comedy Festival in Oslo, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, San Francisco Sketchfest, the New York Comedy Festival, Riot LA, and the Glasgow Comedy Festival among others. He performs in prisons frequently, including Sing Sing correctional facility in Ossining, New York and Centro de Reinserción Social in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. In addition to performing with fellow comedians, Hill regularly performs comedy with musical acts, including Ryan Adams, Quicksand, Rhett Miller, and Snoop Dogg.

In 2014, Hill appeared in a YouTube Show called METAL GRASSHOPPER with Phil H. Anselmo, where Hill plays himself as a metal fan looking to be coached by Phil on how to be metal.[2]


Hill wrote the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, "Go", performed by his band Valley Lodge. The band performed the song live on the show's season 2 finale on November 22, 2015.

In 2016, Hill formed a psychedelic rock band with Chris Reifert called Painted Doll. The band's self-titled debut album will be released on Tee Pee Records on February 16, 2018.

Hill was a member of the 1990s alternative band Sons of Elvis, which he formed with friends while a student at Fordham University. The band signed with Priority Records shortly after graduation and released a debut full-length album Glodean in 1995 as well as a limited edition disc titled Mrs. White, featuring live recordings and several tracks from Glodean. The lead single from Glodean, "Formaldehyde", received airplay at radio and on MTV, and was also featured on the soundtrack of the feature film Higher Learning, by director John Singleton. The band also performed two songs live on The Jon Stewart Show in 1995.

Hill also played bass for Cleveland-based rock band Cobra Verde, and currently fronts the power pop band Valley Lodge. He has also played guitar with Walter Schreifels' solo band, Diamondsnake, a hard rock band also featuring Moby, and bass for Lucy Wainwright Roche and former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley. Additionally, Hill is the creator and sole member of the semi-fictional Norwegian black metal band Witch Taint.

He has also contributed musical scores to several feature films, including Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It) and Dirty Deeds. Additionally, Hill wrote and recorded the theme music for the HBO's Reverb and Janeane Garofalo's 2010 stand-up special If You Will.

Podcast and radio[edit]

In June 2010, Hill launched his own podcast called Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident on iTunes; to promote the show he appeared on the podcast The Complete Guide to Everything. The podcast is part of the Maximum Fun network.[3] Hill also hosts The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on free-form radio station WFMU, having taken over the Tuesday The Best Show on WFMU time slot in January 2014.[4] The show has since moved to Monday nights. Hill is also a frequent contributor to the This American Life public radio program.

Hill appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on October 28, 2015.


Hill's Tasteful Nudes: ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation, a collection of anecdotal essays, was published by St. Martin's Press in May 22, 2012. The book was optioned for television by Comedy Central. Hill's second essay collection, Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore was published by Blue Rider Press, a Penguin Group imprint, on May 10, 2016. Hill has also written for The New York Times, GQ, Paris Review, XXL, McSweeney's, The Believer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Salon,[5] and the Huffington Post[6] among others, and is a frequent contributor to the public radio program This American Life.[7]

Additionally, an interview with Hill is included in the Mike Sacks book Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers published by Viking/Penguin. Hill also contributed an essay to the book Greenwich Village: A Collection of Memories, edited by Judith Stonehill and published by Universe, which also featured contributions from Mario Batali, Graydon Carter, Malcolm Gladwell, Calvin Trillin, and Brooke Shields, among others.


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