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 now based in Northern California. He claims to have a leftist-slanted commentary, which is primarily focused on social issues and politics.[1]


A native of Southern California, Roy Zimmerman wrote a series of satirical musical reviews in the early 1980s that were produced by 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" (young urban professionals)— hence "YUP". The songs included "Teen-age Computer Tycoon," "The Bay Area Sprawl," and "I Want to Be in a Pepsi Commercial," which many Bay Area professionals have remembered since their young adult years.[3]

Zimmerman founded the Southern California satirical folk quartet, The Foremen. It 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,

Among the counter-events to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, Zimmerman performed his song, "Chickenhawk." It indicts those who approve of militarism as long as neither they nor anyone they know has to be directly involved.[5] His songs are played regularly on the radio show Dr. Demento.

Zimmerman played 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 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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