Roy Zimmerman (satirist)

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Roy Zimmerman
Roy Zimmerman performing.jpg
Zimmerman performing in 2010
Background information
Born (1957-10-07) October 7, 1957 (age 58)
Origin California
Genres Satire
Occupation(s) Singer/Songwriter, Satirist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica
Associated acts The Foremen

Roy Zimmerman (born October 7, 1957) is an American satirical singer-songwriter and guitarist whose self-proclaimed leftist-slanted commentary is primarily focused on social issues and politics.[1]

A native of Southern California, Roy Zimmerman wrote, in the early 1980s, a series of satirical musical reviews which were presented in association with the San Jose Repertory Theatre, including YUP! (1984), UP the YUP (1985) and YUP It UP! (1986).[2] The musicals parodied the excesses of the evolving Silicon Valley culture associated with the term "yuppie" — hence "YUP". The songs from these reviews, including "Teen-age Computer Tycoon", "The Bay Area Sprawl" and "I Want to Be in a Pepsi Commercial", have remained in the memory of Bay Area professionals long after they, and Silicon Valley, have ceased to be young.[3]

He was the founder of the Southern California satirical folk quartet, The Foremen, which performed at the national conventions of both major American political parties in 1996.[4] Continuing as a solo act, he explained the philosophy behind writing and performing humorous songs on increasingly political subjects,

At the counter-events to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, he chose to perform his song, "Chickenhawk", an indictment of those who approve of militarism as long as neither they nor anyone they know has to be directly involved.[5] His songs are also played regularly on Dr. Demento's radio show.

Zimmerman played in front of military atheists in the "Rock Beyond Belief" concert on March 31, 2012 at North Carolina's Fort Bragg.

Roy Zimmerman lives and works in Bay Area's Marin County with his wife and frequent collaborator, Melanie Harby, and their sons Joe and Sam.


  • Comic Sutra (2004)
  • Security (2004)
  • Homeland (2004)
  • Homeland/Security (combined double album, 2004)
  • Peacenick (2005)
  • Best of the Foremen (2006)
  • Faulty Intelligence (2006)
  • Thanks for the Support (2008)
  • Real American (2010)
  • You're Getting Sleepy (2011)
  • The Faucet's on Fire! (2015)


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