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Jerky Boys
Jerky boys
Founders of the Jerky Boys, Johnny B. (left) and Kamal (right)

Category

Miscellaneous, Prank Call Group

Origin

New York

Status

Active

The Jerky Boys are an American comedy group from New York, which was made up by Johnny B. and Kamal (who remained until 2000) and gained recognition on The Howard Stern Show before they managed to record albums.

Their calls were made by ringing up unsuspecting recipients, or in response to classified advertisements placed in local New York-based newspapers. Each call was made in character, usually with over the top voices influenced by the duo's family members. Each Jerky Boys character is usually voiced by either Johnny or Kamal (example: Johnny provided the voice of Frank Rizzo).

Regular charactersEdit

  • Big Ole Badass Bob The Cattle Rustler – an American Westerner/Texan who drives a semi-truck; has appeared on "Lawnmower Sale" and "Bad Ass Massage", both from Jerky Boys 3, "Flower Lady #4" from The Jerky Tapes, and is a featured character on Sol's Rusty Trombone (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Curly G., Cradle Rock – a throwback rap artist trying to catch a break; appeared on one track to date ("Bamm!" from Jerky Boys 3) (voiced by Kamal Ahmed).
  • Sammy Cox – older man with a pronounced lisp; appeared on one track to date ("Herman" from Jerky Boys 4) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Mike Derucki – an out-of-work painter (voiced by Brennan). Has appeared on several tracks including "Hello Ray" and "Dead Pet Removal"
  • Harry Getzov – A name from the "Flower Lady" and "Moonlight Matinee" tracks from The Jerky Tapes. The character is perennially away from the telephone, and unable to be reached by the unsuspecting caller who is pranked by either Jack Tors (Brennan), Tarbash (Kamal), or Big Ole Badass Bob The Cattle Rustler (Johnny Brennan). In the Jerky Boys CDs, Getzov is credited as the Jerky Boys manager.
  • Jake – handles in-coming calls for Mr. Silverman, the phony sports agent ("Silverman baby" track from (The Jerky Tapes) and "Big Hock" track Stop Staring at Me!) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Jocko Johnson – voice and behavior similar to Frank Rizzo; wanted his wife's house demolished while she was out of town, as punishment for her infidelity. ("The Home Wrecker" track from The Jerky Boys) (voiced by Kamal).
  • Frank Kissel – an aged World War II veteran and ex-singer who uses a wheelchair. The character normally refers to himself only as Kissel. He sometimes complains about or is heard arguing with his wife. Kamal, who voices the character, appeared in full old-man makeup as Kissel in the Insane Clown Posse movie Big Money Hustlas.
  • Anthony Kissel – Frank Kissel's son; appeared on two tracks to date ("Uncle Freddie" from The Jerky Boys', and "Laundromat" from the Jerky Boys 4). Anthony is also mentioned in "Husband Beating" (from Jerky Boys 2), where Kissel said "I got a couple children, they're a little older right now", but he did not mention his real name (voiced by Brennan).
  • Martha Kissel – Frank Kissel's wife; often appears with Kissel. Her voice can be heard in calls such as "Uncle Freddie", "Husband Beating" and "Kissel Sails". On "Uncle Freddie" (from The Jerky Boys), Kissel reveals his wife's name before he begins arguing with the person who answered the phone about whether Uncle Freddie had died (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Nikos – an immigrant Greek delicatessen owner; appeared on one track to date. Nikos often mumbles incoherently, interspersing a few real Greek words within all his gibberish ("Bad Tomatoes" from Jerky Boys 3) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Pico – an abused Mexican immigrant; often hired as Kissel's personal assistant, which invariably has disastrous consequences. When Kissel hires Pico to repair a broken television, the pair end up getting electrocuted. (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Frank Rizzo – an extremely abrasive, foul-mouthed blue-collar Italian-American New Yorker with bizarre complaints and requests (voiced by Johnny Brennan). Frank curses repeatedly at a potential employer during an inquiry about a job, and accuses the Mickey Mouse character at Disney World of molesting his children.
  • Sol Rosenberg – a frail, insecure, male 50-something New York Jew who often suffers from various and often comical problems and ailments. Somewhat childish in his demeanor, Sol seeks treatment for problems ranging from genital warts to a fear of his own shadow (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Rosine – a flamboyant, flirtatious Puerto Rican transvestite who often slaps herself for sexual gratification (voiced by Johnny Brennan). She also plays the flute and serves as a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired.
  • Silverman – a phony sports agent ("Silverman Baby!!" track from The Jerky Tapes) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Tarbash, the Egyptian Magician – a Middle-Eastern man with a repertoire of dangerous stage tricks who mutilates himself or is attacked by various wild animals used in his act. His last appearance in the Jerky Boys albums was in The Jerky Tapes (voiced by Kamal).
  • Ali Kamal – a Middle-Eastern cab driver victimized by a sadistic dentist. Assaulted and possibly molested, Ali seeks the aid of a lawyer specializing in "dental malpractice." On another occasion, Kamal seeks the assistance of an attorney after being brutally beaten by a tenant for delivering pizza to an incorrect address (voiced by Kamal).
  • Jack Tor s – a flamboyant homosexual man who frequently takes part in bizarre sexual activities and is looking for assistance or supplies related to this. Also a musician and a dancer (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Brett Weir – a name that comes up in classic call "Super Across The Way" (from The Jerky Boys) and is also mentioned in "The Gay Model" ; actually Johnny Brennan's brother-in-law's name. The character, portrayed by actor James Lorinz, also appeared in 1995's Jerky Boys: The Movie.
  • Terrorist Pizza Guy – a hysterical Indian man (likely voiced by Kamal) who complains about a pizza being delivered to his house that made his family sick from eating it in "Terrorist Pizza" (from Jerky Boys 2).
  • Kerpal - rumored to be a Jerky Boys character.

DiscographyEdit

  • Jerky Boys (1993)
  • Jerky Boys 2 (1994)
  • Jerky Boys 3 (1996)
  • Jerky Boys 4 (1997)
  • Stop Staring at Me! (1999)
  • The Jerky Tapes (2001)
  • Sol's Rusty Trombone (2007)

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