Kurt Metzger

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Kurt Metzger
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Metzger in November 2016.
Born (1977-08-15) August 15, 1977 (age 41)[clarification needed]
NationalityAmerican
OccupationComedian, actor, writer
Websitehttp://kurtmetzgercomedy.com/

Kurt Metzger (born August 15, 1977[clarification needed]) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and an Emmy[1] and Peabody Award[2] winning writer and producer.

Early life[edit]

Metzger was raised in Toms River, New Jersey 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;[3] he was also a fan of The Amazing Jonathan and Jeff Dunham in his youth.[3]

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][3][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

From 2013 to 2016, Kurt 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".[8][9] He also appeared in numerous sketches featured on the show.

In 2015 Metzger was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing;[10] a bit he performed about Mohammed Atta won him "best joke" on the show.[11]

Metzger appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 7, 2011.[12]

He currently hosts the "Race Wars" podcast with comedian Sherrod Small.[13]

Kurt has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle II and III, @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 recently 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.[14]

Controversies[edit]

In 2011, he mocked writer Rebecca Watson via Facebook over her altercation with Richard Dawkins.[15][16][17] In 2013, he feuded with writers Lindy West and Sady Doyle via Facebook and Twitter during a defense of rape humor.[15][16][18] In 2015, Metzger harassed Vice writer Claudia C. via Facebook and Twitter.[19] Metzger has also mentioned his domestic violence incident on his podcast "Race Wars",[20] as well as on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.[21]

On August 16, 2016, Kurt Metzger again faced controversy for writing a Facebook post about a comedian who was accused of rape.[22][23][15][24][25] Following the controversy surrounding Metzger's comments, Amy Schumer stated on Twitter that Metzger no longer worked for her on Inside Amy Schumer.[26] [27] Schumer later revised her comments to say that Metzger did not work for her on the show because the show was on indefinite hiatus.[28]

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.
  3. ^ a b c 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.
  4. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Carolines breakout artist: Kurt Metzger". laughspin.com. Punchline Magazine. June 4, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Stand-Up Specials - Kurt Metzger: White Precious". Comedy Central.
  8. ^ "Kurt Metzger | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  9. ^ "'Girl, You Don't Need Makeup' is the best Emmy-nominated feminist satire of the year". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ "Chucklefck Presents...An Evening With Kurt Metzger". The Lakewood Observer. September 14, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  11. ^ "Meet Me In New York: Kurt Metzger". March 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "'Ugly Americans' Star Kurt Metzger On Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson". The Huffington Post. February 8, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  13. ^ "Race Wars". audioboom.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  14. ^ "Ugly Americans". Irony Point.
  15. ^ a b c "'Amy Schumer 'Couldn't Be More Against' Writer Kurt Metzger's Comments on Rape". Vulture. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "'Amy Schumer's Writer Harasses Women Online—But She Blocks Fans Who Bring It Up'". Observer. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  17. ^ "'Kurt Metzger Totally PWNED Me!". Skepchick. November 9, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "'The disturbing online trail of Comedy Central writer Kurt Metzger". The Daily Dot. July 2, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  19. ^ "Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger harasses Twitter personality @literalporn". The Daily Dot. September 1, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  20. ^ "'Flimsy Facts with Tom Rhodes". Race Wars. December 8, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  21. ^ "'WTF with Marc Maron". WTF. June 13, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  22. ^ "'Amy Schumer Responds to Kurt Metzger's Misogynistic Rape Tirade". Cosmopolitan. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  23. ^ "Inside Amy Schumer' Writer Mocked Women Calling Out Alleged Rapist On Twitter". Gothamist. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  24. ^ "'An Amy Schumer writer is mocking rape victims online — and her response is shocking". Revelist. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  25. ^ "'A Comedian Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault — And Women Are Speaking Out". Mic.com. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  26. ^ "'Amy Schumer on Twitter". Twitter. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  27. ^ "Amy Schumer Says Kurt Metzger No Longer Writes for Inside Amy Schumer". Jezebel. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  28. ^ "Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime Series Features Controversial Writer Kurt Metzger". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-26.

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