Joe DeRosa (comedian)

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Joe Derosa
Jderosa2013.jpg
DeRosa in 2008
Born (1977-08-06) August 6, 1977 (age 41)
Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
MediumStand-up, television, radio
Websitewww.joederosacomedy.com

Joe Derosa (born August 6, 1977) is an American stand-up comedian, author, musician, actor, producer, director, editor, television writer, and podcast host.

Career[edit]

Stand-up comedy, television and film[edit]

DeRosa got his start in comedy performing as part of a comedic musical duo called Deep at the New Road Brewhouse in his hometown of Collegeville, Pennsylvania.[1] After a short time, Deep split up and DeRosa began performing stand-up comedy regularly at the Laff House in Philadelphia. DeRosa moved to New York City, where he became a regular performer in many of the city's comedy clubs. Beginning in 2006, DeRosa began co-hosting the "Uninformed" radio show with Bill Burr on Sirius Satellite Radio. The monthly show aired on Saturday nights. After new episodes began airing more sporadically, the show was dropped. It ran as a podcast for several more episodes before ending altogether in 2009. In 2008, DeRosa began appearing on The Opie & Anthony Show and became a frequent guest through 2014.

In 2009, DeRosa starred in his first half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. On June 21, 2010, DeRosa released his first album, The Depression Auction, through Comedy Central Records. Beginning in 2010, he became a frequent guest panelist on Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld.[2]

DeRosa's second album, Return of the Son of Depression Auction, was released on September 6, 2011. On November 11, 2011, DeRosa performed at Carnegie Hall as an opening act for Bill Burr. That same year, DeRosa, Burr and Robert Kelly, co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in a short film titled Cheat which DeRosa also directed.

In October 2012, a six-part web short series titled What Are We Waiting For?, which DeRosa wrote, directed and starred in, debuted on Warner Bros.' The Warner Sound website. The series centers on DeRosa's character who is an obnoxious, overzealous music fanboy. Guest stars for the series include Bill Burr, Bonnie McFarlane, Gregg "Opie" Hughes, Anthony Cumia, Jim Norton, Carmine Famiglietti and Mike Robinson.[3] In December 2012, a second web short series titled We Should Break Up starring DeRosa and fellow comedian and former girlfriend, Nikki Glaser, debuted on the Official Comedy channel on YouTube. The six-part series featured DeRosa and Glaser as an on again, off again couple in situations based on actual events that happened during their time as a couple. Besides co-writing and co-starring in the shorts, DeRosa also directed the series.[4]

DeRosa's third album, You Will Die, was released on September 3, 2013.[5] In October 2013, DeRosa relocated from New York City to Los Angeles to take a job as a writer on The Pete Holmes Show which aired from October 28, 2013 through June 18, 2014. DeRosa has also made appearances on comedy series such as Louie, Bored to Death, Inside Amy Schumer and Sullivan & Son. Also in 2013, DeRosa voiced a character named Rufus Bellows in the video game, Grand Theft Auto V and starred in his second half-hour Comedy Central special.

DeRosa's fourth album, Mistakes Were Made: The B Sides, was released on September 2, 2014.[5] In October 2014, DeRosa joined the writing team for the Netflix original series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a prequel to the film Wet Hot American Summer.[6] 2014 was also the release date for the Bonnie McFarlane film, Women Aren't Funny which DeRosa served as a writer on. In 2015, DeRosa first appeared as Dr. Caldera, a veterinarian with criminal ties, on the AMC television series, Better Call Saul. The character has been a recurring one throughout the show's first four seasons. On November 14, 2015, DeRosa performed at Madison Square Garden as an opening act for Bill Burr. On October 13, 2016, DeRosa taped his first one-hour special for Comedy Central at The Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. The special, titled You Let Me Down, debuted on February 3, 2017. A digital album version was released four days later through outlets such as iTunes and Amazon. DeRosa was also the writer of one episode of Comedy Central's Jeff & Some Aliens during its first season. The episode, titled "Jeff & Some Confidence", aired on February 15, 2017. Since 2017, DeRosa has also served as a writer and consultant on Pete Holmes' HBO television series, Crashing.

On February 26, 2018, DeRosa appeared as Gary on the debut episode of Living Biblically, a CBS sitcom created by Patrick Walsh and produced by Johnny Galecki. Additionally, DeRosa executive produced and also starred as The Nocturnal in the horror anthology series, By Night: Origins which became available to stream via Amazon Prime on April 13, 2018. DeRosa's fourth album, I Go To Atlanta All The Time was released on October 31, 2018 and is scheduled to air exclusively through Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Raw Dog Comedy channel for an undisclosed amount of time before being made available for purchase.

Podcasting[edit]

From July 2011 through March 2012, DeRosa served as the co-host of fellow comedian Robert Kelly's podcast, You Know What Dude? on the Riotcast Network. DeRosa left the show when he briefly moved back to Pennsylvania to help care for his ailing mother but returned as a guest that October and on other occasional episodes following that.

In February 2014, DeRosa began hosting his own podcast, Down With Joe DeRosa. Each episode featured DeRosa speaking on one topic, usually with a guest although several episodes feature DeRosa solo. In January 2015, the Down With Joe DeRosa podcast became part of Al Madrigal and Bill Burr's All Things Comedy podcast network. Soon after, DeRosa noted that he had grown tired of the podcast and its format. He ended the podcast in June 2015 but noted that a new podcast was already planned.[7]

On July 10, 2015, Fangoria officially announced that DeRosa would co-host a new podcast with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 2 Broke Girls writer, Patrick Walsh. The podcast, titled We'll See You In Hell, features the hosts providing commentary for horror films, although the show frequently strays off-topic. It was one of the first four podcasts to debut along with the launch of the Fangoria Podcast Network.[8] We'll See You In Hell made its debut on August 3, 2015. On February 14, 2017, DeRosa announced, via Twitter, that We'll See You In Hell was moving to the HeadGum podcast network due to changes occurring within Fangoria. The show made its return on HeadGum on March 6, 2017. The show began an eleven-week hiatus in May 2018. The show made its return in September, as part of Starburns Audio, the podcasting network division of Starburns Industries, the production company founded by Dan Harmon, Dino Stamatopoulos, Joe Russo II, James Fino and Duke Jonhson.

On February 17, 2017 DeRosa debuted another podcast, Emotional Hangs, on Feral Audio. The show, co-hosted with fellow comedian, Kurt Braunohler, began as one of several rotating formats on Braunohler's Nerdist Industries podcast, The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler before spinning off into its own show and takes a humorous look at forming and maintaining adult male friendships. The podcast has been on hiatus since its December 13, 2017 episode. Initially, the hiatus was due to Braunohler's need to relocate to Montreal for several months but during that time, Feral Audio ceased operation, leaving Emotional Hangs without a network home.

Musical projects[edit]

DeRosa and childhood friend James Pinkstone formed a comedic sex rap group called Deep. After releasing their debut album, The Game Plan, in 2005 and performing several live shows, the duo felt that people were taking the act too seriously and not understanding that their extreme misogyny was a parody of existing sex rap acts. As result, the friends disbanded Deep. In 2007, DeRosa and his friend Paul Chell[9] released an album titled Twointheoneinthe under the name Salsa Windfall.[10] In 2009, DeRosa and Pinkstone reunited as an electropop act, named Funeral In The Mirror, to release an album titled Old Wolf Thoughts.[11] In 2012, DeRosa teamed with fellow comedians Bob Place, Ben Evans, Michael Albanese and Jamey McDaniel for a comedy rap video reminiscent of Deep, titled "Grab Dat Dolla" which was released through Laughing Skull Studios' YouTube channel. In January 2016, DeRosa released a five-song digital EP under the name DemonRiot through the Bandcamp website. A second EP, titled Deformed Disco, was made available on the site one month later.

DeRosa has also provided the theme songs for his three podcasts, Down With Joe DeRosa, We'll See You In Hell and Emotional Hangs.

Author and columnist[edit]

In 2012, DeRosa co-authored the book Cheat: The Man's Guide to Infidelity with Bill Burr and Robert Kelly which is based on their Cheat short film. On July 8, 2016, Fangoria.com announced that the website would begin publishing "Some Severe Situations", a horror-based, short story anthology column written by DeRosa on their website.[12] The first story was published one week later and seven stories were published through February 2017. The stories ended when DeRosa's podcast left the Fangoria Podcast Network later that month. Beginning with the July/August 2017 issue of Penthouse, DeRosa became a regular contributor to the magazine with a monthly column titled "You Let Me Down."

Filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Artist Notes
2005 The Game Plan Deep Comedic musical project with James Pinkstone
2007 TwoInTheOneInThe Salsa Windfall Musical project with Paul Chell
2009 Old Wolf Thoughts Funeral In The Mirror Musical project with James Pinkstone
2010 The Depression Auction Joe DeRosa Stand-up comedy album
2011 Return Of The Son Of Depression Auction Joe DeRosa Stand-up comedy album
2013 You Will Die Joe DeRosa Stand-up comedy double album
2014 Mistakes Were Made: The B Sides Joe DeRosa Stand-up comedy double album
2016 DemonRiot DemonRiot Five-song digital EP released via Bandcamp
2016 Deformed Disco DemonRiot Four-song digital EP released via Bandcamp
2017 You Let Me Down Joe DeRosa Stand-up comedy album
2018 I Go To Atlanta All The Time Joe DeRosa Stand-up comedy album exclusively airing on Raw Dog Comedy

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2006 Hysterical Miles Mayfield Short film
2010 Iron Manly Producer Short film
2010 Body Secrets Joe Short film
2010 The Jesus Fix Guy Short film
2010 Quarter Magic Mel Short film
2011 Hulks Scientist Short film
2011 Cheat Joseph Short film
2011 Bloopers Reporter Short film
2014 Women Aren't Funny Himself Writer

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2004-2006 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself Episodes: "December 22, 2004" and "June 14, 2006"
2007 The Watch List Himself
2008 Z Rock Himself Episode: "1.6"
2008 Down and Dirty with Jim Norton Himself Episode: "1.4"
2009 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up Special
2010 Bored to Death Bob Episode: "2.4 - I've Been Living Like a Demented God!"
2010 Chelsea Lately Himself Episodes: "4.20, 4.96 & 4.132"
2010–2013 Red Eye Himself 37 episodes
2011 Louie Evan Episode: "Halloween/Ellie"
2012 I Love the 1880s Himself 12 episodes
2013 The Half Hour Himself Stand-up Special
2013–2014 Inside Amy Schumer John / Detective 1 2 episodes
2013–2014 The Pete Holmes Show New Material Seinfeld (voice) Also staff writer
2014 Comedy Underground with Dave Attell Himself Episode: "1.1"
2014 Sullivan & Son Male Sex Addict Episode: "3.4 - Sexual Healing"
2015–present Better Call Saul Dr. Caldera 6 episodes (recurring character)
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Staff writer
2016 This Is Not Happening Himself Episode: "2.5 - Melee"
2016–2017 Big Jay Oakerson's What's Your F@%king Deal?! Himself Episode: "1.1" as a comedian
Episode: "2.8" as a co-host
2016 Take My Wife Kent Episode: "Punchline"
2016-2017 @midnight Himself Competed on the show four times throughout 2016 and 2017
2017 You Let Me Down Himself Stand-up Special
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Writer of episode: "1.6 - Jeff & Some Confidence"
2017 Crashing Writer and series consultant
2017 Pitch Off With Doug Benson Himself Episode: "1.13 - Pitch the Next Old Man Logan-style Superhero Movie to Doug"
2018 Living Biblically Gary Episode: "1.1 - Pilot"
2018 By Night: Origins The Nocturnal -
2018 The Roast of Rich Vos Himself Released via Vimeo

Web series[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2008 God & Co. Voice actor "Episode 3 - Getting There is Half the Fun"
2012 What Are We Waiting For? Actor/Writer/Director Six-part series for The Warner Sound
2012-2013 We Should Break Up Actor/Writer/Director Six-part series with Nikki Glaser

Video games[edit]

Year Video game Voice
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Rufus Bellows

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Hiltbrand. "Local stand-up comedian gets TV showcase Friday". Philly.com. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  2. ^ Gotham Comedy Club :: Joe DeRosa
  3. ^ Christine Fitzgerald. "SL's Exclusive Interview – Joe DeRosa Wrote The Book On Cheating". socialitelife.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  4. ^ Huffington Post. "'We Should Break Up': Comedians And Former Couple Joe DeRosa & Nikki Glaser Debut New Web Series". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/joe-derosa-mn0002114199/discography
  6. ^ Julie Seabaugh. "'Wet Hot American Summer': Oral History Details False Starts, Faking Camp Firewood". variety.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  7. ^ Matt. "Joe DeRosa is ending his podcast, clarifies details about Anthony Cumia beef". thelaughbutton.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  8. ^ Fangoria Staff. "Announcement: FANGORIA to launch Podcast Network; First Slate of Programs Revealed!". fangoria.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  9. ^ Darren Paltrowitz. "Joe DeRosa is set for Gotham Comedy Club on Dec. 18 & 19, talks "Better Call Saul," stand-up, podcasts and more". downtownmagazinenyc.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  10. ^ cdbaby.com. "TwoInTheOneInThe". cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  11. ^ Skope. "Funeral in the Mirror, Old Wolf Thoughts". skopemag.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  12. ^ Fangoria Staff. "Announcement: Joe DeRosa & FANGORIA.com team for short story series "SOME SEVERE SITUATIONS"!". fangoria.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.

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