Kurt Metzger

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Kurt Metzger
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Metzger in November 2016.
Birth nameKurt
Born (1977-08-15) August 15, 1977 (age 43)[citation needed]
MediumStand-up, television, podcasting
Years active2003-Current
GenresObservational comedy, dark comedy, shock humor, off-color humor, insult comedy, satire
Subject(s)Everyday life, current events, politics, political correctness, pop culture, human behavior, race relations, racism, religion
Websitekurtmetzgercomedy.com

Kurt Metzger (born August 15, 1977)[citation needed] is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and an Emmy[1] and Peabody Award[2] winning writer for his work on the television series Inside Amy Schumer.

Early life[edit]

Metzger was raised in Toms River, New Jersey.[3] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and became an ordained minister at the age of 17; he left the faith at about the age of 21, around the time he started doing stand-up.[4][5] As a child, he enjoyed watching An Evening at the Improv and Comic Strip Live;[6] he was also a fan of The Amazing Jonathan and Jeff Dunham in his youth.[6]

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.[4][6][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.[4] In 2009, he appeared in an episode of the IFC series Z Rock.[4]

His debut album Kurt Metzger Talks to Young People About Sex was released in 2011 by Comedy Central Records.[8] Comedy Central also released his half-hour special as part of Comedy Central Presents in 2009. His one-hour special, White Precious is available on Comedy Central.[9]

In 2013 Metzger feuded with Sady Doyle and Lindy West via Facebook and Twitter during a defense of rape humor.[10][11][12][13]

From 2013 to 2016, Metzger wrote on 39 episodes of Inside Amy Schumer. He was nominated for four Emmy Awards and won one Emmy for the sketch "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup".[14][15] He also appeared in numerous sketches featured on the show.

In 2015, Metzger was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing;[16] a bit he performed about Mohammed Atta won him "best joke" on the show.[17]

Metzger appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 7, 2011.[18]

On August 16, 2016, Metzger faced controversy for writing a Facebook post about comedian Aaron Glaser, who was accused of rape.[19][20][21][22][23] Following the controversy surrounding Metzger's comments, Amy Schumer stated on Twitter that Metzger no longer worked for her on Inside Amy Schumer.[24][25] Schumer later revised her comments to say that Metzger did not work for her on the show because the show was on indefinite hiatus.[26]

Metzger co-hosted the Race Wars podcast alongside comedian Sherrod Small from 2013 to 2018.[27] In 2019, Metzger started his own solo podcast Can't Get Right with Kurt Metzger on the GaS Digital podcasting network.

Metzger has also appeared on the second and third seasons of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, @midnight, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, This Is Not Happening, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Knockout, What’s Your F@#King Deal!?!, The Approval Matrix, and more. He was a series regular alongside Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Steve Buscemi, and Edie Falco on Horace and Pete in 2016. He voiced the lead role of Randall on Comedy Central's Ugly Americans.[28]

He has also appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast (episode 1462).[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inside Amy Schumer Win Variety Sketch Series at Emmy Awards 2015". September 20, 2015 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Inside Amy Schumer". www.peabodyawards.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  3. ^ "Kurt Metzger talks to young people about sex, we should listen" Archived 2019-08-28 at the Wayback Machine, The Laugh Button, July 15, 2011. Accessed September 23, 2019. "Metzger kicks off the album talking about what he knows best, New Jersey and Guidos. As a Toms River native it's a subject Kurt spent most of his life learning the ways of these Jersey Shore phenomenon."
  4. ^ a b c d "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.
  5. ^ Ari Shaffir (September 28, 2011). "Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank #24: Religiot". arishaffir.com (Podcast). Archived from the original on October 17, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c King, Scott (July 18, 2011). "Interview: Kurt Metzger talks "trust fund pussy" comedians, Ugly Americans and more". laughspin.com. Punchline Magazine. Archived from the original on December 4, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "Carolines breakout artist: Kurt Metzger". laughspin.com. Punchline Magazine. June 4, 2010. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  8. ^ Communications, COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate. "COMEDY CENTRAL Records Releases Kurt Metzger's "Talks to Young People About Sex" Digital Album on June 28". www.prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  9. ^ "Stand-Up Specials - Kurt Metzger: White Precious". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  10. ^ "'Amy Schumer 'Couldn't Be More Against' Writer Kurt Metzger's Comments on Rape". Vulture. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  11. ^ "'Amy Schumer's Writer Harasses Women Online—But She Blocks Fans Who Bring It Up'". Observer. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "'Kurt Metzger Totally PWNED Me!". Skepchick. November 9, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "'The disturbing online trail of Comedy Central writer Kurt Metzger". The Daily Dot. July 2, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "Kurt Metzger | Television Academy". Television Academy. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  15. ^ "'Girl, You Don't Need Makeup' is the best Emmy-nominated feminist satire of the year". EW.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  16. ^ "Chucklefck Presents...An Evening With Kurt Metzger". The Lakewood Observer. September 14, 2011. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  17. ^ "Meet Me In New York: Kurt Metzger". March 11, 2013. Archived from the original on August 20, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "'Ugly Americans' Star Kurt Metzger On Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson". The Huffington Post. February 8, 2011. Archived from the original on February 15, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  19. ^ "'Amy Schumer Responds to Kurt Metzger's Misogynistic Rape Tirade". Cosmopolitan. August 17, 2016. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  20. ^ "Inside Amy Schumer' Writer Mocked Women Calling Out Alleged Rapist On Twitter". Gothamist. August 17, 2016. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  21. ^ "'Amy Schumer 'Couldn't Be More Against' Writer Kurt Metzger's Comments on Rape". Vulture. August 17, 2016. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  22. ^ "'An Amy Schumer writer is mocking rape victims online — and her response is shocking". Revelist. August 17, 2016. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  23. ^ "'A Comedian Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault — And Women Are Speaking Out". Mic.com. August 17, 2016. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  24. ^ "'Amy Schumer on Twitter". Twitter. August 17, 2016. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  25. ^ "Amy Schumer Says Kurt Metzger No Longer Writes for Inside Amy Schumer". Jezebel. August 17, 2016. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  26. ^ "Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime Series Features Controversial Writer Kurt Metzger". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  27. ^ "Race Wars". audioboom.com. Archived from the original on 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  28. ^ "Ugly Americans". Irony Point. Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  29. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17pIBFcGB0k

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