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Brian Posehn

Posehn in November 2007
Born July 6, 1966 (1966-07-06) (age 43)
Sacramento, California
Occupation stand-up comedian, actor, writer, musician

Brian Posehn (born July 6, 1966 in Sacramento, California, USA) is an American actor and comedian, known for his roles as mail clerk Kevin Liotta on NBC's Just Shoot Me!, a cast member and writer on HBO's Mr. Show, and currently as Brian Spukowski on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program.

Movie appearances from Posehn include the 2003 comedy film sequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Grind, the 2005 Rob Zombie horror film The Devil's Rejects, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and the 2007 animated feature Surf's Up, where he played Glen Maverick. Posehn appeared as himself in Super High Me, a 2007 documentary starring 'marijuana comedian' Doug Benson, Nerdcore Rising, a 2008 documentary about MC Frontalot and in a supporting role in Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.

Brian Posehn voices the character of Murray, a robot, in Rob Zombie's animated The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, due for release in 2009. He also voiced the character Hayashi in the English dub of Pom Poko.



Posehn in June 2008

Posehn began with guest appearances and mainly small roles in TV shows. He was on 28 episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995–1998), a sketch comedy series on HBO. In a 1996 episode of Friends, he delivered the manuscript in which Joey Tribbiani's soap opera character "Dr. Drake Ramoray" is killed off. He appeared as two different characters in NewsRadio: a fan with questions for Jimmy James at a book reading (1997), and a member of Dave's a cappella group "Chock Full o' Notes" (1998). In the Seinfeld episode "The Burning" (1998), he played a patient, when Kramer "was given" gonorrhea. His character was instructed to "act out" to a group of medical students how a surgeon left a sponge in him post surgery. He appeared on 29 episodes of the NBC series Just Shoot Me! (1999–2003). He played the voice of Jim in Mission Hill on the WB (1999–2002), and Del Swanson in 3 South on MTV (2002–2003). He performed the voice of Gibbons, a tiny man, on several episodes of the Cartoon Network's Tom Goes to the Mayor (2005–2006). On another Adult Swim production, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, he voiced the Wisdom Cube in the 2003 episode "The Cubing". He also played a mortician in several episodes of Comedy Central's Reno 911. He was featured on the 2005 documentary series The Comedians of Comedy on Comedy Central and Showtime. He was in a 2007 episode of the improv series Thank God You're Here on NBC. He most recently co-starred on The Sarah Silverman Program with Steve Agee as a gay couple who is friends with Silverman,[1] and was a celebrity judge on the revived 1970s game show, The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008), on Comedy Central. He played himself in the episode "Spagett" of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, appered at the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, played the role of a physically disabled man (Scooter Man) in the 2nd season's premiere episode "Slip of the Tongue" of Californication (2008), on Showtime, and played Dethklok's second manager in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethsources". He appeared in the 2005 pilot for The Showbiz Show with David Spade, in a segment called "The Nerd Perspective", in which he gave a scathing criticism of MTV and its declining quality. In 2007 he joined the first season of the MTV sketch comedy series Human Giant, as a writer and performer, and voices Glen Furlblam, the biggest fan of Dr. Two-Brains on the PBS Kids animated series WordGirl.

Stand-up comedy

In 2006, Posehn released his debut comedy album Live In: Nerd Rage.

Posehn participated in the Comedy Lineup of the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which included Louis C.K., Janeane Garofalo and Zach Galifianakis. Posehn performed as part of the Rock N' Roll Comedy set with Jim Norton and Michelle Buteau.

During his 2008 routine on Comedy Central Presents he referred to his Wikipedia article, commenting that although it was "pretty accurate" it included the line, "His freakish looks and shameless climbing got him where he is today.” Posehn added that he edited the article to read, "His jizz tastes like Pinkberry and cures the blues." Posehn ended this bit of his routine with the statement, "Nobody’s gonna fact-check that."[2]


Posehn studied classical piano from age 12 until his early 20s. He is a self-proclaimed "metal head" and has asserted his hatred of "false metal" genres of music during his stand up act as well as his music video "Metal by Numbers". In his stand-up act he has called the metal band Slayer "the most metal band ever." Interviewed in 2007 about the Adult Swim show Metalocalypse and its fictional metal band "Dethklok", he called the ersatz group "the mightiest metal band of all time".[3] He later voiced the character Melmord Fjordslorn in a 2008 episode of the show.[4]

In 2006, Relapse Records released his first album, Live In: Nerd Rage.[5][6] It includes "Metal by Numbers", a song mocking bands that term themselves "metal" but are clearly not.[7][8] The instrumental tracks feature metal legends such as guitarist Scott Ian (of Anthrax), bassist Joey Vera (of Armored Saint), drummer John Tempesta (of The Cult and White Zombie), and lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (of Shadows Fall). Posehn also appeared in the Anthrax music video for "What Doesn't Die".

Posehn also appeared in Lamb of God's Walk With Me In Hell DVD at a listening party for the bands 2006 release Sacrament.

Other work

Posehn has provided voice work for video games Brütal Legend as The Hunter [9] and Star Warped as co-narrator Brian.[10]. Posehn has also voiced Grunts and various Marines in the 2006 video game Halo 2.

Posehn appeared in the commercial "Ink Fairy" for Staples office supply store in its ad campaign featuring the "Easy Button."

In 2006, Posehn co-wrote the comic book The Last Christmas with writer Gerry Duggan, published by Image Comics (ISBN 1582406766).

In April 2009 Posehn hosted the first American "Golden Gods Awards" for metal music hosted by Revolver Magazine.


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