The Jerky Boys plot comedy act’s first new album in 20 years
The Jerky Boys, a comedy act that found fame in the 1990s for selling millions of albums containing crude prank phone calls, plan to release a new record for the first time in 20 years, creator Johnny Brennan said in an interview published Wednesday.
Mr. Brennan told Rolling Stone that he is revisiting the Jerky Boys for an album of new material slated to be released in 2019, the magazine reported.
“I just started thinking to myself, ‘You know, people have been asking me for decades,’” said Mr. Brennan, the magazine reported. “It’s been a long, long time. I said to myself, ‘Let me do it.’ Let me put something else out there. My kids are growing up. And I feel there’s plenty great stuff left to put out there.”
Formed in New York City’s Queens borough in the late 1980s by Mr. Brennan and childhood friend Kamal Ahmed, the Jerky Boys first gained prominence following the release of the group’s self-titled debut record in 1993. “The Jerky Boys” ultimately landed the group the top spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, paving the way for the group to release four more successful records full of vulgar prank calls prior to Mr. Ahmed’s departure at the turn of the century.
Mr. Brennan put the Jerky Boys on hold in 2001, though he has remained active in the interim by voicing characters for the animated Fox series “Family Guy.”
“While I’m in the studio in New York City doing ‘Family Guy,’ [creator] Seth McFarlane would tell me in my headphones, ‘Johnny, please, you gotta get back into the studio. We’ve been through these records so many times, we’ve burned them up,’” Mr. Brennan told Rolling Stone.
The new Jerky Boys project will be issued through Comedy Dynamics, a label that released all five of the albums that were nominated to received the Grammy Awards for best comedy record in 2018, Rolling Stone noted.
“It was important to me to do this one as closely as possible to how it was done back in the Nineties,” Comedy Dynamics CEO Brian Volk Weiss said in an interview, Rolling Stone reported. “I wanted an old-school album that reminds the fans how they felt when they put the CD in the CD player 25 years ago.”
The 2018 Grammy Award for comedy record of the year went to Dave Chappelle for “Equanimity The Bird Revelation.” Mr. Brennan was nominated for that award in 1995 for “The Jerky Boys 2,” but he ultimately lost to a posthumous release featuring late comic Sam Kinison.
Mr. Brennan previously revisited the Jerky Boys moniker for albums released in 2001 and 2007, but he told Rolling Stone that the forthcoming project will be the first in 20 years to feature entirely new prank calls in the style of the act’s earlier records.