Kurt Metzger

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Kurt Metzger
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Metzger in November 2016.
Born (1977-08-15) August 15, 1977 (age 40)[clarification needed]
United States
Nationality American
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer

Kurt Metzger (born August 15, 1977[clarification needed]) is an American comedian, actor and writer. Metzger's stand-up act was featured on Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed in 2009, and his hour-long stage act titled "Kurt Metzger Talks to Young People About Sex" was released digitally on Comedy Central Records in 2011.[1][2][3][4] He provides the voice of Randall Skeffington in Comedy Central's animated series Ugly Americans.[1][5] He has also written for television programs such as Chappelle's Show and Inside Amy Schumer.[1][6][7][8] He is also a recurring guest on The Greg Gutfeld Show. Louis C.K. has labelled him as one of the most exciting comedians of the younger generation.[9]

Early life[edit]

Metzger was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and became an ordained minister at the age of 17. As a child he enjoyed watching An Evening at the Improv and Comic Strip Live;[4] he was also a fan of The Amazing Jonathan and Jeff Dunham in his youth.[4]

Career[edit]

Metzger first performed stand-up at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey, although he mainly performed in the Philadelphia area during his early career; he then moved on to perform in the comedy clubs of New York City.[1][4][7]

In 2006, Metzger performed on Showtime's White Boyz in the Hood as well as Comedy Central's Live at Gotham the following year.[1][10] In 2009, he appeared in an episode of the IFC series Z Rock.[1][10]

From 2013 to 2016, Kurt Metzger wrote on 39 episodes of Inside Amy Schumer. [11] He was nominated for four Emmy Awards and won one Emmy for the sketch "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup".[12][13]

In 2014, Metzger's Comedy Central special Kurt Metzger: White Precious[14] was released.

In 2015 Metzger was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing;[10][15] a bit he performed about Mohammed Atta won him "best joke" on the show.[4]

In 2016, Metzger was a series regular on Horace and Pete.[16]

Metzger appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 7, 2011.[17] On June 28 of that same year Comedy Central Records released an hour-long recording of Metzger performing at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia; the digital album was titled Kurt Metzger Talks to Young People About Sex.[1][4] Metzger has also appeared in Inside Amy Schumer and Horace and Pete. He was on the regular cast of the Horace and Pete show.

He currently hosts the "Race Wars" podcast with comedian Sherrod Small.

Controversies[edit]

Metzger has repeatedly harassed women online. In 2011, he harassed writer Rebecca Watson via Facebook over her altercation with Richard Dawkins.[18][19][20] In 2013, he harassed writers Lindy West and Sady Doyle via Facebook and Twitter during a defense of rape humor.[21][22][23] During this exchange, he admitted to abusing an ex-girlfriend in a domestic violence incident.[24] In 2015, Metzger harassed Vice (magazine) writer Claudia C. via Facebook and Twitter.[25] Metzger has also mentioned his domestic violence incident on his podcast "Race Wars",[26] as well as on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.[27]

On August 16, 2016, Kurt Metzger again faced controversy for writing a Facebook post about a comedian who was accused of rape.[28][29][30][31][32] Following the controversy surrounding Metzger's comments, Metzger no longer works for Inside Amy Schumer, as confirmed by Amy Schumer on Twitter. [33] [34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Comedy Central Records releases Kurt Metzger's "Talks to Young People About Sex" Digital Album on June 28" (Press release). Comedy Central. June 13, 2011. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Season 13 of "Comedy Central Presents" premieres Friday". The Oklahoman. January 7, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ McIntyre, Michael K. (September 8, 2011). "Mitch Fatel will make you blush -- and chuckle: Laugh Track". cleveland.com. Cleveland Sun. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f King, Scott (July 18, 2011). "Interview: Kurt Metzger talks "trust fund pussy" comedians, Ugly Americans and more". laughspin.com. Punchline Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ deBarros, Paul (July 6, 2011). "Bumbershoot announces comedy lineup". Seattle Times. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chucklefck Presents...An Evening With Kurt Metzger". The Lakewood Observer. September 14, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Carolines breakout artist: Kurt Metzger". laughspin.com. Punchline Magazine. June 4, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01K4c_pS5Qg
  10. ^ a b c Kurt Metzger on IMDb
  11. ^ Inside Amy Schumer (TV Series 2013– ), retrieved 2018-05-01 
  12. ^ "Kurt Metzger | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  13. ^ "'Girl, You Don't Need Makeup' is the best Emmy-nominated feminist satire of the year". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  14. ^ "Kurt Metzger: White Precious". Comedy Central. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  15. ^ "Chucklefck Presents...An Evening With Kurt Metzger". The Lakewood Observer. September 14, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Kurt Metzger". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  17. ^ "'Ugly Americans' Star Kurt Metzger On Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson". The Huffington Post. February 8, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ "'Amy Schumer 'Couldn't Be More Against' Writer Kurt Metzger's Comments on Rape". Vulture. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ "'Amy Schumer's Writer Harasses Women Online—But She Blocks Fans Who Bring It Up'". Observer. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ "'Kurt Metzger Totally PWNED Me!". Skepchick. November 9, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  21. ^ "'Amy Schumer 'Couldn't Be More Against' Writer Kurt Metzger's Comments on Rape". Vulture. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  22. ^ "'The disturbing online trail of Comedy Central writer Kurt Metzger". The Daily Dot. July 2, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  23. ^ "'Amy Schumer's Writer Harasses Women Online—But She Blocks Fans Who Bring It Up'". Observer. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  24. ^ "'The disturbing online trail of Comedy Central writer Kurt Metzger". The Daily Dot. July 2, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Inside Amy Schumer' writer Kurt Metzger harasses Twitter personality @literalporn". The Daily Dot. September 1, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  26. ^ "'Flimsy Facts with Tom Rhodes". Race Wars. December 8, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  27. ^ "'WTF with Marc Maron". WTF. June 13, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  28. ^ "'Amy Schumer Responds to Kurt Metzger's Misogynistic Rape Tirade". Cosmopolitan. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Inside Amy Schumer' Writer Mocked Women Calling Out Alleged Rapist On Twitter". Gothamist. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  30. ^ "'Amy Schumer 'Couldn't Be More Against' Writer Kurt Metzger's Comments on Rape". Vulture. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  31. ^ "'An Amy Schumer writer is mocking rape victims online — and her response is shocking". Revelist. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  32. ^ "'A Comedian Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault — And Women Are Speaking Out". Mic.com. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  33. ^ "'Amy Schumer on Twitter". Twitter. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Amy Schumer Says Kurt Metzger No Longer Writes for Inside Amy Schumer". Jezebel. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 

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