It’s March, which means we’re inching ever closer to the television premiere of everyone’s favorite comedy-rock show, The Comedy Jam. Created by comedian Josh Adam Meyers and originally called The Goddamn Comedy Jam, the show was a monthly live event at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre that fused stand-up comedy with live music, attracting great comics like Big Jay Oakerson, Matteo Lane, Fortune Feimster and Adam Ray. The events were a hit, so much so that Meyers took the show on the road, touring festivals and eventually, to Comedy Central this summer with a one night special. Last fall with an offer to bring the show to TV, as a series, which he accepted. Now, The Comedy Jam returns to the national stage on March 22nd at 10 p.m. ET.
In case this is your first time checking them out, the concept of the show is simple: A comic goes on stage and tells a story that’s centered around a particular song that is rooted in their memory, one that’s connected to an embarrassing or awesome moment in their life. Afterwards, they’re joined on stage by a full band in order to perform that song for a live audience. Essentially, the show is one part story time and one part rockstar fantasy roleplaying, which is an absolute blast to watch.
The songs performed in the past have ranged from Queen’s “We Are the Champion’s” to Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic,” so rest assured it’s not just a bunch of white guys singing AC/DC all night. This is one of those shows that is impossible to watch without cracking a smile, as seeing someone like SNL’s Pete Davidson live out his rap star fantasy by singing “Gangsta’s Paradise,” only to be joined on stage by Coolio himself, is just too infectiously fun to deny.
Our own Sarah Jacobs attended two nights of tapings for the show and spoke to Bert Kreischer, who you will see perform alongside Creed’s Scott Stapp on one of the episodes. He testified that being on stage and living out his longtime dream of being a rockstar (along with a former bandmate) was an unforgettable experience. She also said we can expect a lot of celebrities to join the fun including Lukas Rossi, Rob Halford, Montell Jordan, Kenny Loggins, Sebastian Bach, DMX and Phil Collen. We hear that Jay Pharoah’s rendition of Party Up with DMX was the one to beat.
The show’s premiere episode will feature Bobby Lee singing “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart, Tiffany Haddish singing Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” and Chris Hardwick and Richie Sambora performing “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. The Comedy Jam’s first season will consist of eight episodes; Below is a list of who will be performing when, so keep an eye out for when your favorite comics will be up for their turn!
Jesse Tyler Ferguson performing “Chandelier” by Sia
Awkwafina and Chester Bennington performing “In the End” by Linkin Park
Sam Richardson and Tia Carrere performing “Ballroom Blitz” by The Sweet
Colton Dunn performing “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger
Sarah Tiana performing “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
Fortune Feimster and Natalie Maines performing “Goodbye Earl” by Dixie Chicks
Big Jay Oakerson and Lukas Rossi performing “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol
Mark Duplass and Kevin Cronin performing “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
Jim Breuer and Rob Halford performing “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” by Judas Priest
Bert Kreischer, Scott Stapp and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal performing “Higher” by Creed
Taryn Manning and Phil Collen performing “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
Hal Sparks and Sebastian Bach performing “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
Malin Akerman performing “Enter Sandman” by Metallica
Matteo Lane performing “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston
Jay Pharoah and DMX performing “Party Up” by DMX
Hasan Minhaj performing “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” by Snoop Dogg
Mary Lynn Rajskub performing “Creep” by Radiohead
Roy Wood Jr. performing “Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
James Davis and Montell Jordan performing “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
Busy Philipps performing “Violet” by Hole
Jon Rudnitsky and Kenny Loggins performing “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins