Don Jamieson is the current host of VH1 Classic’s hit heavy metal talk show series, “That Metal Show.” His first live comedy CD (Live & Hilarious) comes out on April 26, and Zoiks! Online recently had the chance to talk to Don about his CD, his stand-up comedy career and a rather intimate moment he shared with the lead singer of Whitesnake.
Q: How did you get your start in stand-up?
A: It was at some redneck bar in South Jersey. You could count the teeth in the room. They had no idea there was even a show happening, but I managed to pull about four mercy laughs. Good times!
Q. You have some shows in Baltimore at the end of this month. Do you still enjoying performing live? What are your favorite parts of performing in front of a live audience?
A: The biggest thrill for me is performing live. I love the unpredictability of it and the danger. It’s the kind of buzz you can’t get from any drug or a case of Natty Light.
Q: How is writing for the stage different from writing for television?
A: In TV, you can tweak things over and over until you get it right. In stand-up, you get immediate feedback from the audience. If a joke is great, you’ll get laughter and applause. If a joke sucks, you’ll get crickets. I hate fuckin’ crickets.
Q: You’re currently the co-host of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show.” What can fan expect in the new season?
A: Well, to start, the show is an hour now and my sideburns are a little longer. Other than that, it’s all the ball-breaking, guest interviews and discussion of metal that you’re used to. This season starts out with Kirk Hammett from Metallica on March 19. It’s one of our best shows ever and we actually went and had beers with him afterward.
Q: What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened on the set of the show?
A: On the new season, we have David Coverdale from Whitesnake on the show and asked him about taking a finger in the ass. That was pretty crazy.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten about the entertainment industry, and who gave it to you?
A: “Everyone’s a fuck.” It comes from an Andrew Dice Clay Comedy CD.
Q: Any advice you’d like to give to aspiring comics?
A: If you think you want to do it, give it a try. You’ll know after the first time if it’s for you. You’ll feel higher than Charlie Sheen on a crack binge afterward.
Q: What’s next for you? What can fans expect from you in the future?
A. I have my first live stand-up CD coming out on Metal Blade Records on April 26. It’s called “Live & Hilarious.” It’s my first ever live CD, and I’m super proud of it! I’ve come a long way from the redneck bar!
Q: Any final thoughts?
A: Thanks for the support!
Kate Brindle is a stand-up comedian from Ann Arbor, MI. For more information and for tour dates, visit her at http://www.katebrindle.com/ Email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.