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Actor / EntertainerI am Johnny Brennan of the Jerky Boys and Family Guy! AMA!

Jun 28th 2017 by JerkyBoysJohnny • 55 Questions • 84 Points

What's up, rubbernecks?! I am the guy behind Frank Rizzo, Sol Rosenberg, Jack Tors, Rosine, Big Ol' Bad-Ass Bob the Cattle Rustler, and others from the various Jerky Boys albums. Seth MacFarlane is a huge Jerky Boys fan and so he hired me as Mort on Family Guy 18 years ago! So ask me about either of those things if you like.

I am not really promoting anything new or whatever. Though I do have a Facebook page and would appreciate a few "likes" as the kids say: https://www.facebook.com/jerkyboysjohnny

Or if you have two nickels to rub together I do have some "Frank's Pickle Barrel-Ass of Maspeth", "Rizzo's Auto Repair", and "Sol's Glasses of NY" "business" t-shirts for sale, as well as other trinkets and ligaments and filaments if you like. It would be great and would afford me a nice bottle of hooch to loosen up my thinker. Anyway they are available here: http://the-jerky-boys-store.myshopify.com/

I figured the most common question I would be asked would be "why haven't you made a new prank call in ages?" and I figured I would get that one out of the way: I was royally screwed by the record industry and literally had to sue to get tiny dribs and drabs of what I was actually owed. I basically stopped wanted to work for free, so there you go. Classic story of the record biz.

Anyway, here's the proof: https://www.facebook.com/jerkyboysjohnny/posts/1306279616137560

Anyway this is my AMA!

Aaand....begin!

edit: oh sh*t, someone just hit my car. I'll be back at 2 PM EST to answer more questions so keep them coming!

edit 2: OK I'm back! I'll be here for hours!

Q:

Hey Johnny, what's up there sizzle chest? I've cried laughing countless times listening to the cds. Have you ever considered doing a Patreon subscription to give us fans new calls and content? I'd subscribe in a heartbeat! Thanks for the great work man!

A:

That is not a bad idea but I don't know what the subscription cost should be and what would be expected I provide? Like how many new calls for how much? I'm not good at this internet shit!


Q:

This is late and I'm not some Patreon-pro, but there's a way to set stuff up so people are only charged when you push new content. That way it isn't a monthly thing. No one gets ripped off if you don't do anything, and you can see how much money people have promised so you'll know if it's worth it to get out of bed.

I'm pretty sure that's how the Primitive Technology guy does it. (Man, some of those videos definitely need some Jerky Boys narration.)

A:

Oh wow I never heard of that. What do you think it would be fair to charge? It's probably the only way I'll ever do new calls but I don't want to rip people off either.


Q:

Hi, is Jimb around?

A:

Jimb is alive and well and to this day is still being tied to piers for high tide and being dragged by motor boats and stepping on piss clams.


Q:

Open your ears, jackass! You guys ever planning on doing some sort of Jerky Boys followup?

A:

I absolutely would if I knew how to do it for a living because it's so much work. And I can't have a middle man screwing me, ya know? Someone mentioned a Patreon here but I have no idea what that is.


Q:

What's up there, fruitcake?

I've been a huge fan since discovering The Jerky Boys 1 at a local record store in the early 90s. I still listen to your stuff today. It drives the ol' lady fuckin' nuts, chief.

Also, do you sell tennis machines?

A:

Yes. And bunjee cords


Q:

I see you've been posting in /r/TheJerkyBoys for the past day or so. Do you ever lurk that sub to see how much your reddit fans still adore your work?

A:

A fan of mine told me about it and I just learned of it this week! Thank you guys so much!


Q:

Dude, we love your work. It's brilliant, hilarious and absolutely timeless.

Thank you for everything you do.

A:

Thank you for continuing to listen all these years man


Q:

What the fuck is a "milky licker"?

A:

I made that up, I was laying in bed looking at the ceiling in the dark, and it just rolled off my tongue. Sizzle chest, buttnut, muffin ass, piss clams, they just come out of nowhere.

If you want the definition of Milky Licker, it's one of those things that can mean something sexual, or it could mean eating a delicious candy bar.


Q:

Big fan. Ever consider new recordings posted to YouTube? You'd get crazy views.

A:

Youtube?? I gotta get paid, ya fuck! Just kidding. I am honestly not sure how to monetize if I ever did record new pranks, unfortunately.


Q:

Always loved Jerky Boys in High School, the movie was AWESOME! My question is this; do you ever find yourself becoming your characters in your free time (not on purpose)?

A:

Yes. It happens a lot. If I am driving in the car, my characters will have a conversation in my head. Sometimes it is even new characters created from people I've met who I think have hilarious voices.


Q:

Do you prefer the nudist colonies in New York or Florida?

A:

Yes


Q:

Heya Johnny, ya fuckin wacky ass! I was curious to know, what was your all time favorite Jerky Boy's call that you were ever a part of?

A:

Thanks for the question. They are like children. I have tons of favorites. Some do stand out that are dear to me. Like 1-800-How's my Driving, and the reason I love it so much is because it is the first time you really see Frank Rizzo, the tough badass, as being vulnerable. Even when I hear it back to this day, I feel bad for Frank.

Sol's Chainsaw Shock 1 & 2 is another one of my personal favorites. Also Florida, the Tropical State is another one. And I can go on and on, there's just too many to mention. Like I said, they are like children.


Q:

Did being mentioned on Arrested Dev have any impact on your ratings/fan base?

A:

It didn't increase Facebook likes or anything but it was cool having fans tell me about it. But it is so cool that whoever works on Arrested Development that is a fan to pay homage to my work. There was a HUGE scene in "How I Met Your Mother" about Marshall accidentally putting The Jerky Boys on instead of Mozart for their baby and how worried they were that their kid will be calling people "sizzle chest". They used that scene at the Emmys one year! There was a scene recently in The Mindy Project too where Ike Barinholtz says he saw me in concert 4 times. It's so great knowing people who grew up listening to me got into comedy writing and TV and are giving me little shout outs. Fans tell me about it when they see it but it does not really increase my fanbase I don't think (like, my Facebook "likes" don't go up after something like that airs if that is what you mean).


Q:

Did Lipinski ever give you the Hucklebuck?

A:

He gave it to me down by the bar stool


Q:

Remember when he hit you over the head with that old fuckin' record? You were in space for a week, ya prick!

A:

He was signing about a Spanish dish or some shit, I think it was a payaya


Q:

what was kamals deal ? is he ever coming back ?

would love to have the boys back together :-)

A:

Kumal quit 20+ years ago to direct, writing pictures, and I just wanted to keep moving forward with The Jerky Boys, creating new characters, trying to do voice-over work, etc. He went his way in the industry, and the Jerky Boys and the characters are my babies and I could not leave them, ya know??


Q:

well i hope we get more gold from you, your sense of humor is pure gold sir and i have been a fan since your 1st album oh so many years ago. now excuse me as i must go buy one of those t shirts.

p.s. the flower lady skit kills me every time i hear it <3

A:

Thanks man!


Q:

Have you been on any more fishing trips with Howard Stern?

A:

I stopped going on fishing trips with Howard because I got sick and tired of being beaten unmerciful with a fishing rod. I don't know the last time you were beaten with a fishing rod, but it really hurts like hell.


Q:

Did you guys end up in a beef w Howard? What happened there?

I feel like you got the good old Howard cold shoulder at some point. He can be a prick like that. I'm a huge fan of crank calls and Howard plays some of the best constantly. Jerky Boys disappeared from the mix at some point. I would love to know more.

A:

I love Howard. I would do his show again in a heartbeat if he ever asked me.


Q:

Tell us about your non-prank call life - you married? kids? what part of the country do you live in and what do you like to do with your spare time? If there's a bad fuckin' awful stink comin' off my legs is it something in the fuckin' marrow for all you know?

A:

I am in New York, home of the Cornwall Dragons. Me and Big Hock get together on a regular basis put our heads through walls in our spare time.


Q:

Have you ever met Mila Kunis? What's she like? Huge fan btw!

A:

Yes I did, in NYC. When I came out of the booth we were introduced. She said "oh my God how adorable!". She thought the fact that I look the way I do yet I am the voice of Mort Goldman was adorable.


Q:

Hey Johnny! I always wondered what ever happened to Jimb. How did the conversation with his mother go after she found out he liked to rub small little sand baskets on your ass?

A:

Jimb Jimb is alive and well and to this day is still being tied to piers for high tide and being dragged by motor boats and stepping on piss clams.


Q:

Did you ever call Red from the Tube Bar? Did he cut yer belly open?

A:

That is way before The Jerky Boys time!


Q:

Johnny! I've heard all the calls dozens of times and I loved your podcast. I loved all the backstory and I almost died hearing the story about Bret Weir and that damn elevator. Any chance of you starting it back up? Thanks for all you do!

A:

Thanks man. There has been a lot of interest in a new podcast and I am thinking of doing it again but for myself without a middleman! Thank you for the question.


Q:

Please do this!

A:

OK sweet Charlie


Q:

Thanks, bottlenose

A:

Thank you!


Q:

Dude, first of all I have to thank you for making me laugh harder than anything else as I was growing up. I remember being under my covers at night laughing like a 'war time hero fool' while a friend played your tapes over the phone.

What kind of success rate do you think you had? Like how rare was it to get a genius call like Safety Gates to work out? ..."I'll take a whack at the fuck myself..."

A:

Almost every single thing I recorded was used. I think in the entire span of all the albums there were only 5 calls I couldn't use due to not being granted permission. The success rate was phenomenal, amazingly. Thank you for the love!


Q:

Safety

DUDE. I never had heard this before. I'm dying. Cheers.

A:

I love reading stuff like this!


Q:

Have you toned down your car selling technique?

Maybe just choke a few people here and there?

A:

My toned-down selling technique is smashing the prospective buyer's face into the hood and tell them "you buy this fucking car or I'll break your fucking head!"


Q:

Were there ever any calls that you couldn't use on a Jerky Boys CD because the people you pranked refused to give permission to use the recordings? Or does it not work that way?

A:

The Mr. Pickle call I could not release as they would not give me permission. The Disney call was promotion for the movie and Disney changed their minds and refused permission. There's about 5 total I could not use in all those years but you can find them online.


Q:

Got to meet you at Comicon in Providence, RI summer '16. You're literally the reason I spent the money. You're a fucking awesomely genuine human being! Was so mad at my gf for even insinuating that I would try to impersonate you, like you don't put me on the spot in front of the legend! Moved near Pensacola, FL, hoping you make appearances down here. My question is: Does your Family Guy fame ever discourage you? I, personally, am offended when someone doesn't know who the Jerky Boys are. They're in for an hour or so of cassette tapes, at least!

A:

Thank you for the kind words. I love meeting fans! And absolutely not, the Family Guy thing is wonderful. Seth MacFarlane was listening to my stuff as a kid and he is a huge fan that wanted me to be a part of the show from the very beginning. So The Jerky Boys reach out to millions of people in many ways; Family guy is just one of them. And Mort Goldman and the other characters I do on the show are slight variations of Jerky Boys characters with different names, such as Scott in the Family Guy episode, Horace the Bartender and owner of The Drunken Clam, or even Mort Goldman who is Sol Rosenberg's long lost cousin. So Family Guy and Jerky Boys will be forever intertwined in some way.


Q:

Johnny, I listen to JB every day, always been a great pick me up. Q: Do you plan to make new material? I understand caller ID may make it difficult but I'd love to hear some new stuff! Thanks

A:

I absolutely would if I knew how to do it for a living because it's so much work. And I can't have a middle man screwing me, ya know? Someone mentioned a Patreon here but I have no idea what that is.


Q:

Who was Jack Tors based on?

A:

In the mid 1960s my dad and his brothers ran a bar in NYC and this guy that sounded just like Jack Tors was a regular at their bar. He was desperately trying to get his life together and clean up, and my dad let him live with us to get clean. I always thought the way he spoke was so awesome, and I knew as a 5 year old boy that he sounded more like my mom than my dad. I was doing his voice since then.


Q:

Did you ever have a call where the person ended up knowing it was you guys?

A:

Yes. When I started to do Jerky Boys 3 that started to happen. But typically they thought it was friends pretending to be the Jerky Boys and not actually me. But it never happened at all before Jerky Boys 3. I do remember one time this girl going "OH my god! It's Sol Rosenberg!!" haha


Q:

What's up there fruitcake? Huge fan here since the first cd. and like many Frank Rizzo was always my favorite character. I think we like him because in some ways he is the person we wish we could be. An ultra confident bad ass that thinks he is the best at everything. I actually went into telesales for a while and used a lot of what I learned listening to those tapes to help me make some money.

My question is, I've heard some more recent prank calls and you seem to have some difficulty nailing the character Frank Rizzo down like you used to. He seems to have lost something. Do you just find him tough to do now that you are older and a family man? lol

A:

This was the last call I did as Frank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJR25zs7RH8

I think it sounds the same. If you are referring to the Family Guy stuff, I intentionally made them sound slightly different than Sol and Frank.


Q:

Where do we go with this fuckin' balloon?

A:

UP!


Q:

Big fan since my kid days, hilarious shit! Just curious do you still talk to Kamal... Still cool with him at all??

A:

Thank you! Kamal is off doing his movie stuff! I wish him all the best. Listen to Kamal on the Flower Lady trilogy (4 tracks). It is amazing.


Q:

Waddya say there, tough guy? Any plans on bringing back the old podcast?

A:

Thanks man. There has been a lot of interest in a new podcast and I am thinking of doing it again but for myself without a middleman! Thank you for the question.


Q:

I've got all these birds outside my window today, little swallips and swallows but none of them go "ge-ar garr" or "whooten"! How can I get rid of these nasty birds?

A:

You buy yourself a horsie and they will bite and nip him in the face instead


Q:

How the hell did Ozzy end up doing a cameo in the movie?

A:

Ozzy is a huge Jerky Boys fan before the movie came out and wanted to be a part of it. "The fucking monkeys??"


Q:

Where the police ever called or actually showed up after one of your prank calls?

A:

There was never really any major issue with the police. Just a couple lawsuits and a few breaks and things.


Q:

HOW MANY PITS ARE IN A PEAR?

A:

You know damn well there's more than 2 pits in a pear.


Q:

Was watching Action Bronson on Joe Rogan's podcast and they shouted the Jerky Boys out! The best!

A:

That's awesome! Thanks for letting me know! How did he shout me out?


Q:

are you in NY?

A:

Yes. Home of the Cornwall Dragons.


Q:

What's the most trouble you ever got into for doing prank calls?

A:

The only pranks I did before The Jerky Boys were real-world pranks. But for Jerky Boys stuff, just a couple lawsuits and a few breaks and things.


Q:

Did you ever do warp 2?

A:

When it gets a little cool down there in the tunnel we'll throw on some slack


Q:

Last question from me:

When you eventually called back the people you pranked and let them know it was just a joke and for a CD, were most of them good sports about it and laughed it off? Or did some get mad and wanna slug ya in the cock?

A:

95% of the time people were good sports. Some were pissed off, yes, but quickly loosened up. Then there were just a couple that were furious, but most of the time it always worked out. As a matter of fact, I used to joke around that my manager Harry had a 99% success rate at getting clearances. On Sol's Chainsaw Shock, that when we called the woman back, she said all she wants is a chainsaw. And I offered to buy her a HUSQVARNA which was the Rolls Royce of chainsaw and she refused saying all she wanted was the little cheap chainsaw she saw in my ad! So I got it for her and gave a donation to her favorite charity. It was usually a legal team that dealt with clearances, though. However, I did also talk to Willie from the Testing for Jeopardy phone call because he seemed like such a nice guy.


Q:

Honestly, if I had to guess one person who got pissed after it was revealed they were being pranked, it would have been the Flower Lady from the Jerky Tapes. By the last call, she just sounds like she's at the absolute end of her rope and ready to explode in fury.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Johnny, you are one person who's mouth I would never fucking punch loose!

A:

The Flower Lady was pissed off to the tune of five thousand dollars (that's what I had to pay her for permission). So yes, she was pissed off!


Q:

I recently seen a picture of you and Jess Harnel. How long have you known him for and how did you 2 meet?

A:

Just met him at BoroughCon at St. John's University for the first time a few weeks ago. Great guy, talented guy, and we had a lot of fun and hit it off with one another!


Q:

I've heard him in a few interviews. He has a solid circle of friends. Kevin Michael Richardson being one of them. Also not a very common piece of knowledge about Jess, he voices the Br'er Rabbit and most of the voices in the Splash Mountant amusement ride for The Walt Disney company. The guys got a solid footprint in the VO industry. Thanks for responding, continued success to you sweet tits.

A:

You are very welcome and thanks for the question!


Q:

Holy shit. Alright. My friends and I have been quoting jerky boys since the early 90's. We had a bootleg tape. Quick, how many pits in a pear?

A:

You know damn well there's more than 2 pits in a pear.


Q:

Who's your baseball team?

A:

I'm a Yankees/Giants/Rangers/Cornwall Dragons guy.


Q:

Why did you not do more skits with Rosine? She/he was a silly bastard, in more way than one.

A:

A lot of people ask me that! If I ever start doing calls again, or if I get voice acting work, I will bring her back, I promise.


Q:

Johnny! Good to have ya here, flapjack! Always enjoy chatting with you at conventions...are you still offering personalized CDs for my fuckin' friends to laugh at while I shoe 'em in the ballbag?

A:

haha yeah I do, you can get them on https://the-jerky-boys-store.myshopify.com

But people typically buy them for weddings


Q:

What do you do if you have leaks up on the roof? I have my wife up there poking around, acting like she knows what the fuck she's doing.

A:

You know exactly what you have to do at this point. You throw her fucking ass down off the roof, onto the car!!