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Neil Hamburger

Despite his appalling comic timing, muddled delivery, and clichéd material, standup Neil Hamburger nevertheless emerged as one of the most acclaimed and name-checked comedians of his generation; like Lenny Bruce before him, he was a hipster icon whose trailblazing riffs defied convention at every turn, transcending the confines of hilarity with kamikaze recklessness. Prior to his ascendance, comedians were expected not only to be funny, but insightful as well; Hamburger changed all that forever, in the process earning so much respect from cultural tastemakers that his records appeared exclusively on only the most rarefied indie-rock labels.

A native of Culver City, California, Hamburger began his comedy career on the advice of his psychiatrist, who suggested performing as a means of therapy; packing his belongings into a Los Angeles storage locker, he mounted a relentless touring schedule, claiming to play upwards of 360 nights a year yet somehow earning a nagging reputation for last-minute cancellations. Following a gig in Needles, California, Hamburger was approached by manager Art Huckman, a longtime show biz svengali whose past protégés included Rich Little and the Ritz Brothers; with Huckman at the helm, the comedian's career blossomed, and in 1993 he appeared on the Great Phone Calls compilation. Hamburger's solo debut, the Looking for Laughs EP, followed a year later, and after issuing Bartender, The Laugh's on Me on the tiny Planet Pimp label, he moved to Drag City for his 1996 full-length debut, appropriately titled America's Funnyman.

With 1998's Raw Hamburger, he shifted gears, working "blue" for the first time; ever the restless innovator, Hamburger then turned topical for the follow-up EP, Pays Tribute to Diana, a heartfelt homage to the late People's Princess. Although the constant grind of touring ultimately forced the breakup of the comic's marriage, he forged ahead, expanding his itinerary to include international gigs; for 1999's Left for Dead in Malaysia, he even faced a non-English speaking Kuala Lumpur crowd. Hamburger remains the iron horse of comedy, touring non-stop and releasing new albums like 2000's Inside Neil Hamburger and 2002's religious comedy LP Laugh Out Lord. The year 2005 saw the release of Great Moments at Di Presa's Pizza House, while 2006 saw him launch the Internet video series Poolside Chats with Neil Hamburger. In 2007 he released Hot February Night, a live album sourced from shows opening for Tenacious D; that same year he joined the cast of the late-night cable television show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! In 2008, Sings Country Winners arrived, doing just what it said on the cover, followed by 2014's First of Dismay, which featured live comedy along with musical numbers, all of them backed by the "Too Good for Neil Hamburger Band." His connection to Amarillo Records honcho Gregg Turkington remains unclear. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Great Moments At Di Presa's Pizza House

1. Welcome To Di Presa's Pizza House

2. Rememerable Memories

3. 5-31-1962

4. Flour Power

5. Throwing Away

6. Big Heart

7. Di Presa's Tries Some Different

8. Bad Reviews

9. Bad Pizza

10. Summer Of 2004

11. Tragedy

12. More Tragedy

13. Selling Di Presa's

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Track List: Laugh Out Lord

1. Tribute To The Greats

2. Seven Elevens

3. The Ocean Blue

4. Disgracing The Hamburger Family Name

5. Live At Caesar's Palace In Las Vegas

7. My Daughter

8. There'd Be A Popular Uprising!

10. Waiter, I Didn't Touch That Woman's A**!

11. 500 Of 'em

12. Look What Happened

13. The Wizard

14. Condoms 2002

15. Death

16. Dollars

17. Puerto Rico

18. Just Poking Fun

19. Detergent Ii

20. Popular Movies

21. Popular Music

22. Aromatherapy

23. Management

24. Dying

25. Drag City Records

26. Almost Startling, Really!

27. He Wasn't One

29. Falling Merchandise

31. A Timeless Political Routine

32. Divorce

33. The Deluxe Treatment

34. Lawyers Advised Against Titling This Track

35. Technical Problems

36. The Zipper Lips

37. Troubled Times

38. Triumph In Kabul

39. Our President

40. Laugh Out Lord

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Track List: Raw Hamburger

1. Introduction

2. Stewardesses

3. Freebasing

4. Snoop Doggy Dogg

5. Cursing

6. Bestiality

7. F*gs

8. Beaver

9. Comedians' Wives

10. Divorce

11. Naked Cheerleaders

12. Cloning

13. Dirty Diapers

14. Living Life On The Edge

15. Movies

16. The Right To Die

17. Alzheimer's

18. AIDS

19. She Sits Among The Cabbages And Peas

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Track List: America's Funnyman

1. America's Funnyman

2. The Diagnosis

3. A Moment Of Silence

4. Factory Outlet Malls

7. Women's Lingerie

8. Doctors

9. The Army Reserve

10. Divorce

11. Anniversarys

12. Warehouse Shopping

13. Lawsuit Crazy

15. Condoms

16. Smoking

17. Gusty Winds

18. The Audience

19. Bigotry

20. A&R People

21. The Ex-Wife

23. Motels

24. The Zipper Shtick

25. The Top Ten / Censored!

26. O.J.

29. Celebrity Liver Transplants

30. Flashers

31. Cop Shows

32. Lawyers

33. The Most Annoying Thing

34. The Speed Limit

35. G-Strings

36. Divorce

37. Rich Little Tribute

38. The Battle Between The Sexes

39. The X-Rated Hot Dog Vendor

40. Gambling

41. Dating

42. Suicide

43. Restaurants

44. Motels

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Track List: First Of Dismay

1. Heckler Mumbler

2. Your Town USA

3. He Refused

4. Endless Roll

5. He Spoke

6. Mama Tried

7. It's In You

8. Nickel Candy

9. Mark 5:19

10. Overhurt And Underloved

11. Empty Vodka Bottles

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Track List: Great Phone Calls

1. I'm In Your Band

3. Hijinx

4. Hijinx And A Child

5. A Score To Settle

6. Blood Pizza

7. Graduate Of Yaoo

9. You're Not Good Enough

10. A Special Request

11. Rock And Roll

12. Pickle Potato

13. The Man From Hott

14. Music Of The Night

15. A Nationally-Known Comedian

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Track List: Hot February Night

1. Christmas/Godfather

2. Rock And Roll Will Never Die

3. Shoulder Trouble '07

4. Wonderful Wonderful

5. Destroying The Mood

6. Incident In Kabul

7. Beatle Paul

8. Decrepit Old Dogs

9. Cranberry Sauce

10. His Deathbed

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Track List: Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners

1. Three Piece Chicken Dinner

2. The Recycle Bin

3. Please Ask That Clown To Stop Crying

4. Jug Town

5. How Can I Still Be Patriotic (When They've Taken Away My Right To Cry?)

6. At Least I Was Paid

7. Thinkin' It Over

8. Garden Party II

9. Zipper Lips Rides Again

10. The Hula Maiden

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Some people just don't read between the lines. This guy is a genius
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Hilarious
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f**king stupid
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kinginator
Fake laughter, what a joy
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i dont get it

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