Comedians Who Wanted to Rock, and Got Their Big Chance


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Dave Chappelle once said every comedian wants to be a musician and all musicians think they’re funny.

Whether you know it or not, the worlds of comedy and music have a lot in common. Both professions require rigorous practice, an understanding of your influences, and the ability to control an often rambunctious audience are just a few of the similarities between belting out one-liners and belting out the lines of a song. So it’s not surprising that many of the talented faces who’ve made us laugh on stage and screen could also carry a tune. But more than that, there is a history of comedians wanting to be rock or pop singers, and dying for the chance to get out there and give it a shot. And plenty of comedians, once they had enough fame to convince someone to let them, have cut records. We’re not talking musical comedy or parody, we’re talking taking a shot at the music charts. Whether they had what it takes to make it as a musical artist is up to you to decide. Here are 10 comedians who wanted to rock, and gave it their best shot.

1.  , “Party All the Time” “Red Light”

If you were Eddie Murphy in the 80’s, you could do no fucking wrong. Holy shit. Murphy might be caught in kiddie-comedy Purgatory right now, but his body of work is absolutely gigantic. Whether it was acting, performing stand-up, or singing, Eddie Murphy was the king of entertainment. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Back in the day, Eddie did his little song and dance bit and got a hit record out of it. You’ve all probably heard “Party All The Time” before, so you’ll know that the chorus will be in your head for a week now because I brought it up. Eddie didn’t stop there. Hell no. He released an album last year. Here’s a track from his new reggae album that he collaborated with Snoop on. Yeah. That Snoop. I don’t know either, it’s okay.


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Jarred is a musician, writer, funny-man, and amateur guitar builder in Virginia. He does a little bit of everything else too.

13 Comments

  1. FLpro

    July 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    No JACK BLACK!?? How dare you!!?

  2. Zach from Nowhere

    July 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    No Bill Hicks? What the fuck?

  3. MilwaukeeMike

    July 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Eddie Murphy songs and no one mentions Boogie in your Butt

    Mysterious!

  4. filler

    July 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Dennis Leary? Comedian?

  5. Saskopite

    July 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Bruce McCullough of Kids In The Hall game put out a pretty good music album. All comedic songs but still highly listenable.

  6. yourmomstaint

    July 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    No shit. He tours, regularly, doing his music.

  7. yourmomstaint

    July 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Craig Ferguson was in several punk bands, apparently.

  8. yourmomstaint

    July 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Oh, wasn’t there a little known duo called Cheech&Chong that did stuff, too?

  9. Dwayne Hoover

    July 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Well, least a diluted pathetic attempt at his act was included ( see Denis Leary above ).

  10. nullzero00

    July 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    No Colin Quinn?

  11. Albedo

    July 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Laurel & Hardy, kickin’ it old school:
    http://youtu.be/_7ezTy8C_8k

  12. Dave

    July 31, 2014 at 1:32 am

    What about Tracy Ulman’s classic ‘They don’t care about us’?

  13. Budsville Oregreen

    July 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

    yourmomstaint  da-da-da..da-da-da…da…da….daaaahhhhhh
    my momma talkin’ to me try to tell me how to live…
                                  da-da-da….da-da-da…..da…da…daaaahhhh
    but I don’t listen to her cause my brain is like a sieve  !!!