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(Rolling Stone)   During their Nineties heyday, the Jerky Boys turned prank calling into a funny, filthy art form. Then they went quiet. Until now   (rollingstone.com) divider line 73
    More: Amusing, Jerky Boys, Seth MacFarlane, humans, Jackie Gleason, independent film, Judd Apatow, Tobey Maguire, Russell Crowe  
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2014-02-25 09:40:55 AM  
I still can't believe Uncle Freddy died
 
2014-02-25 09:43:19 AM  
are these the guys who used to call Red at the Tube Bar in Jersey City?
 
2014-02-25 09:51:55 AM  
Kamal took Jujutsu with me for 2 weeks.
 
2014-02-25 10:21:40 AM  

Cewley: are these the guys who used to call Red at the Tube Bar in Jersey City?


I do believe.
 
2014-02-25 10:33:41 AM  
Goddamn that movie was AWESOME!!!!
 
2014-02-25 10:33:45 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-25 10:35:47 AM  
I hope Pablo finally washed his ass.

Slapnutz
 
2014-02-25 10:37:27 AM  
How d'ya say there, flapjack?

// wondered why he never joined Home Movies or Jon Benjamin to do VO work
 
2014-02-25 10:37:51 AM  
I still have a cassette by those guys with the shrinkwrap still on it.

/Christmas gift from brother-in-law early 90s
 
2014-02-25 10:40:55 AM  

vudukungfu: Cewley: are these the guys who used to call Red at the Tube Bar in Jersey City?

I do believe.


Too early for Jerky Boys
"In the mid-1970s, two young men, John Elmo and Jim Davidson (later known collectively as The Bum Bar Bastards, or BBB), began calling a "
 
2014-02-25 10:42:12 AM  

drongozone: vudukungfu: Cewley: are these the guys who used to call Red at the Tube Bar in Jersey City?

I do believe.

Too early for Jerky Boys
"In the mid-1970s, two young men, John Elmo and Jim Davidson (later known collectively as The Bum Bar Bastards, or BBB), began calling a "


Doh. "In the mid-1970s, two young men, John Elmo and Jim Davidson (later known collectively as The Bum Bar Bastards, or BBB), began calling a bar named the Tube Bar,"
 
2014-02-25 10:47:14 AM  
Listen, jerky-I don't need to talk to you...
 
2014-02-25 10:53:11 AM  
www.familyguy.it
 
2014-02-25 10:54:56 AM  
sol

oh gawd,
oh my!
yes, thank you. I brought all of my socks and my shoes.

/sol
 
2014-02-25 10:57:10 AM  
You kick my dog?
 
2014-02-25 10:59:16 AM  
Funny?

Citation needed.
 
2014-02-25 11:04:20 AM  
had a little problem up there Paul. I don't want to talk about it.
 
2014-02-25 11:10:49 AM  

MurphyMurphy: yes, thank you. I brought all of my socks and my shoes.


And my glasses!
 
2014-02-25 11:11:12 AM  
Whattaysay there, sizzlechest?
 
2014-02-25 11:13:37 AM  
Ah, the 90s. The Jerky Boys and MST3K. Nowadays we have douchebags on youtube and guys trying to make funny movie reviews their blogs.

/off the lawn
 
2014-02-25 11:21:36 AM  
Get Brett Weir I said!
 
2014-02-25 11:22:23 AM  
Should I bring my farking tools?
 
2014-02-25 11:23:57 AM  

Mugato: Ah, the 90s. The Jerky Boys and MST3K. Nowadays we have douchebags on youtube and guys trying to make funny movie reviews their blogs.

/off the lawn


We are also getting another Trailer Park Boys movie this year as well. 2014, the year of nostalgia?
 
2014-02-25 11:31:19 AM  

JerseyTim: Get Brett Weir I said!


Came for the Brett Weir reference, hanging up and screaming at the phone.  lol
 
2014-02-25 11:32:03 AM  
"Do you have any shoes with golf spikes?  Could you have one of the puerto ricans put some on, and just kick me around the farking store?"

"he told me we were gonna be safe and in love, and walk down to the beach and step on pissclams."

"you wanna play second base for the Yankees?"  "yeah, I wanna be the next Darrick Jeedah!"  "fark Derek Jeter!  He's a pussy.  I'll teach you, I'll teach you how to take a farkin' ground ball to the cock, like a man.  How would you like that?"  "....Um......OK, as long as I can become a Yankee."

"shut the fark up!"  "......sir, i apolgoize for our pizza making your daught --"  "SHUT THE fark UP!"  ".......sir, I -- "  "SHUT THE fark UP!  MY PEOPLE ARE SICK AND DYING!  SHUT THE fark UP!"  ".....perhaps a gift certi --"  "SHUT THE fark UP!"  ".........is there anything else I can help -- "  "SHUT THE fark UP!"
 
2014-02-25 11:34:47 AM  

SilentStrider: Funny?

Citation needed.


If you were a teenager in the 80's, that shiat was funny.
 
2014-02-25 11:36:14 AM  
I went to the observatory, and because of these glasses I can't see goddammit!!!
 
2014-02-25 11:42:38 AM  
i remember playing the tape one night and my girlfriend stopped in unexpectedly, absolutely pissed at something i'd done. she was spoiling for a fight.  i don't remember what it was about but i never had time to turn the tape off.  so as she's reading the riot act to me i'm half listening to her (if that) and also the tape, and she'd never heard it before, so she got thrown off by what she was hearing, and at one point she stops yelling at me and is like, "uhhh, what in THE HELL are we listening to?"  and within minutes she's laughing her ass off.  so i don't remember if it ended up in sex or whatever, but I do know the Jerky Boys made that crazy biatch STFU and get off my sack one night.
 
2014-02-25 11:44:22 AM  
"and I fell down the stairs and my shoes fell off"
 
2014-02-25 11:49:48 AM  

liam76: SilentStrider: Funny?

Citation needed.

If you were a teenager in the 890's, that shiat was funny.


DOH!
 
2014-02-25 11:54:53 AM  
I had just moved to Hoboken New Jersey in '92 and we had our first party in our apartment.
One of our co-workers from Staten Island shows up with a portable cassette player and starts playing the first and only jerky boy tape. A bunch of mooks standing around a crappy apartment drinking keg beer and dying with laughter.

That's when I knew I was not in Kansas anymore.
 
2014-02-25 12:00:46 PM  
I never understood their appeal.  Of course, maybe that's because I'm not meant to.  *shrug*
 
2014-02-25 12:01:09 PM  
What's next - a critical retrospective of the collected works of Andrew Dice Clay?

/I used to think John "Dr. Dirty" Valby was the funniest thing ever - then I graduated from junior high
 
2014-02-25 12:12:54 PM  
I wanna do sign language and sheet
 
2014-02-25 12:16:00 PM  
Caller ID was the death knell of the Jerky Boys.
 
2014-02-25 12:19:04 PM  

puckrock2000: What's next - a critical retrospective of the collected works of Andrew Dice Clay?


dice is pretty fascinating when he is andrew silverstein (or whatever his name is) and not THE DICEMAN.....he pops up on joe rogan / marc maron every few months, and he explains a ton of cool history of comedy stuff from his first few years in LA when he was just another new young comic;  he hadn't adopted the Dice persona.  he made his bones on impressions initially.

i saw him perform a few months ago and he destroyed.  it was relatively short, maybe 45 minutes, certianly no more than an hour, but there was a segment of like, 10 minutes where everything he said killed, and flowed.  it was impressive as a comedy nerd to see.  none of the "so what else is going on.....", lame and contrived setups tha tyou know didn't happen or had been repeated a thousand times, not a wasted word or moment.  completely and effortlessly flowing.  and it wasn't all "filth".  it was mainly about relationships but it wasn't entirely what some would calll misogynistic.  i woudl definitely go see him again.  hilarious.


love the diceman.
 
2014-02-25 12:23:00 PM  
Impractical Jokers reminds me a bit of the Jerky Boys, but with the butt of the joke pointed inward.

/How do you work out that pony tail, cupcake?
 
2014-02-25 12:27:00 PM  
Somehow I still remember this one.  Back in WW 2, I used to be a seaman.  Now, I just put it all over my wife's ass.
 
2014-02-25 12:29:38 PM  

phimuskapsi: Mugato: Ah, the 90s. The Jerky Boys and MST3K. Nowadays we have douchebags on youtube and guys trying to make funny movie reviews their blogs.

/off the lawn

We are also getting another Trailer Park Boys movie this year as well. 2014, the year of nostalgia?


Why not, everything after the 90's sucks.

/well not everything
//just almost everything
///never saw Trailer Park Boys
 
2014-02-25 12:32:39 PM  

Farkn Yaj Yenrac: Caller ID was the death knell of the Jerky Boys.


Well that and new laws making it illegal to record someone over the phone without their consent first. It's why all the radio zoo "phone scams" are all faked now.
 
2014-02-25 12:35:58 PM  

Coco LaFemme: I never understood their appeal.  Of course, maybe that's because I'm not meant to.  *shrug*


Well I don't get Monty Python. Humor is subjective.

/and don't tell me Python is more intellectual
 
2014-02-25 12:43:35 PM  

Hoboclown: hat and new laws making it illegal to record someone over the phone without their consent first. It's why all the radio zoo "phone scams" are all faked now.



varies by state law and there are obviously federal laws (linda tripp, anyone?)  i'm no telecom expert but i'm guessing post 9/11 the wiretapping laws were gutted.  but, law enforcement tapping your lines / taping your calls versus private citizens recording other private citizens across state lines, that i don't know.

liek state law perspective, adam carolla tells stories of, for "Crank Yankers", having to fly to Nevada as recording without the "victim's" (or 'prankee's") consent was legal there (granted, a decade ago, may have changed).  and i think they flew to Michigan as Eminem was a big fan but i think the story was eminem just wasn't funny or the calls weren't good.  some shiat like that.

also, the "this recording may be monitored for quality control / training purposes" when you call your credit card / bank / whatever, is the bare minimum notice those businesses have to give to let you know you are being recorded.
 
2014-02-25 12:49:52 PM  
So either I grew up or with the explosion of this type of humor - Tom Green, Jack Ass, Crank Yankers, etc... it's just not funny anymore, because the clips in the article sucked.

It sounded liked the 'victims' figured out early on it was some sort of joke, but they played along a bit just incase it wasn't.
 
2014-02-25 01:03:56 PM  
Up and down and speedin' all over!
 
2014-02-25 01:20:52 PM  
From Sol:

Yes he told me I could join the nudist camp. Because in New York I was in a nudist camp up there and they always would abuse me and and trow me down and and rub sand on my assy-nipples and they used to hurt me bad and tie me to the pier and let..let the fishies eat at me and whatnot.

I was calling because I don't want to be tied up to motor boats anymore and dragged around like a fool; I wanna join with Jim and walk up and down the beach and and step on piss-clams.

He said that he would rub small little sand baskets all over my ass if I wanted to walk up and down the beach with him, we could do that for each other.

He told me that I would jump all over the place and do backflips in the sand...

He said no one would beat me up down here because up in New York what happened was they used to tie me down on the beach and rub sand all over my ass-neck. And and beat me with like all little sharp things that they'd found on the beach and they would try to drown me,
and tie me to the piers for high-tide and I was very hurt with that.

It made no sense but still made me laugh.
 
2014-02-25 01:22:17 PM  
Pepperidge Farms remembers when Fark headlines were creative and/or funny.
 
2014-02-25 01:25:27 PM  

liam76: liam76: SilentStrider: Funny?

Citation needed.

If you were a teenager in the 890's, that shiat was funny.

DOH!



I was a teenager in the 90's. It wasn't funny.
 
2014-02-25 01:39:56 PM  

rickythepenguin: puckrock2000: What's next - a critical retrospective of the collected works of Andrew Dice Clay?

dice is pretty fascinating when he is andrew silverstein (or whatever his name is) and not THE DICEMAN.....he pops up on joe rogan / marc maron every few months, and he explains a ton of cool history of comedy stuff from his first few years in LA when he was just another new young comic;  he hadn't adopted the Dice persona.  he made his bones on impressions initially.

i saw him perform a few months ago and he destroyed.  it was relatively short, maybe 45 minutes, certianly no more than an hour, but there was a segment of like, 10 minutes where everything he said killed, and flowed.  it was impressive as a comedy nerd to see.  none of the "so what else is going on.....", lame and contrived setups tha tyou know didn't happen or had been repeated a thousand times, not a wasted word or moment.  completely and effortlessly flowing.  and it wasn't all "filth".  it was mainly about relationships but it wasn't entirely what some would calll misogynistic.  i woudl definitely go see him again.  hilarious.


love the diceman.


This.  His biggest problem was that he was too damn good as Dice. People never realized that it was a
character, not his actual persona, and when he tried to branch out from being "Fonzie with Tourets", he
was soundly rejected by the market.

It didn't help that for a long time he himself actually bought into the adulation of his crowds (starting with
the tirade on the MTV Music awards that got him his lifetime ban) and seemingly started to believe that
he was, in fact, Dice at some level.

But in the end, he is a talent and from what you say it sounds like he's found a happy medium on stage.

MugzyBrown: So either I grew up or with the explosion of this type of humor - Tom Green, Jack Ass, Crank Yankers, etc... it's just not funny anymore, because the clips in the article sucked.

It sounded liked the 'victims' figured out early on it was some sort of joke, but they played along a bit just incase it wasn't.


I like to describe the comedy from the late 80s through the early 2000s as the era of "Discomfort as
Comedy".  Rather than actually try to think of actual humorous situations, the idea was to just provoke
a reaction from the unsuspecting.  This, to me, is not actual humour, but rather lazy performance art
where you can justify anything you do, no matter how stupid or offensive, as trying to be funny, without
the requirement that you show any actual wit or creativity.

/Was never a fan of the Jerky Boys, in case you hadn't guessed.
 
2014-02-25 01:43:07 PM  
My wife my daughter are dying and you talk about coupon!!
I KILL YOUUU!!
 
2014-02-25 01:45:38 PM  
The crowd seems to love this!
 
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