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