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Rob Potylo (Robby Roadsteamer)

Rob Potylo in Allston Massachusetts
Background information
Birth name Louis Robert Potylo
Born September 3, 1976(1976-09-03)
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Occupations Musician, Comedian

Rob Potylo (born Louis Robert Potylo, September 3, 1976) is a Boston-based musician/comedian/performance artist. He has performed at comedy clubs and in rock clubs with his band, his character Robby Roadsteamer, or as a solo performer. Originally the lead singer of the band the Sweatpant Boners which was a metal/hard rock band formed with Ken Susi of Unearth and Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage. They released one album in 2001 titled "Cruisin' With The Masters". Potylo formed his own band in 2005 called Robby Roadsteamer and has toured the United States behind his album Postcards From the Den Of Failure, including the Warped Tour. The band came in second in the WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble. Roadsteamer received nationwide radio airplay and was featured on VH1's Best Week Ever for his single "I Put a Baby In You."

The character he developed "Robby Roadsteamer" is part Tony Clifton, part pro wrestler; usually appearing onstage in a wig, fake mustache and sunglasses. Roadsteamer was a disc jockey on WBCN until he was fired in early May 2008. Roadsteamer's band has been nominated for "Live Band of the Year" at the Boston Music Awards three times. During the 2006 ceremony, while presenting "local song of the year" (for which he was nominated), he stated that the Boston Music Awards was a "plastic piece of shit," and that "everyone knows the winners ahead of time." Roadsteamer asked to present the trophy to the winners, The Snowleopards, when he instead declared himself the winner and fled the venue with the trophy.

In September 2007, Potylo appeared in an episode of a reality dating show called Sox Appeal which was broadcast on New England Sports Network (NESN).

In December 2007, Rob released an acoustic album entitled "LRP", followed by the album The Most Pretentious Album Since Axl's. His third solo album "This Album Syncs Up To ToeJam And Earl" was released free on his website in 2008, as was his next album, "The Cryin, The Niche, And The Stronghold", and the following album, "New England Weathered Friends". In February 2009 Robby released "I Solved Every Miniquest" which features a backing band of James Towlson, Nick Zampiello, and Rob Gonnella. 18 tracks were recorded over a winter weekend at New Alliance Studios in December 2008. All under the name Robby Roadsteamer.

On December 17 2008, Rob organized and performed at the Greater Boston Alternative Comedy Festival at the Paradise in Boston. Featured on the bill were Shane Mauss, The Walsh Brothers, Mehran, Chris Coxen, Bethany Van Delft, Anderson Comedy Group, and MC'd by Shane Webb. The Boston Globe said of the show "And judging from the array of talent onstage at the Paradise, I'd take local alternative acts over mainstream stars any day of the week."

2009 found Rob creating a reality sitcom called "Quiet Desperation" with videographer/comedian Joe Madaus. Featuring over 50 comedians and musicians from the Greater Boston Arts Scene. Every episode is available on Youtube or

Rob also went back into the recording studio with a new band "Super Time Pilot" and cut a 23 track album called "Did We Happen To Begin" in two days at New Alliance studios in Cambridge Massachusetts. The album was put out by Open E Records which is owned by Ernie Boch Jr. It was the 13th album of his catalog and features a more indie, folkie, dark country, Americana feel. It was the first album credited to his real name Rob Potylo.

Rob came in second at the 5th annual Andy Kaufman awards held at Caroline's on Broadway by the Andy Kaufman Family.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot has covered "I Put a Baby in You" live on WBCN.


  • Cruisin' With the Masters - 2001 (as Sweatpant Boners)
  • Okay Computer - 2004
  • Kid Corsica Croons the Classics - 2004
  • The Heart of a Rhino - 2005
  • Postcards From the Den of Failure - CD/DVD, 2006
  • I'll Be at Your Funeral - 2007
  • LRP - 2007
  • The Most Pretentious Album Since Axl's! - 2008
  • This Album Syncs Up to Toejam and Earl - 2008
  • The Cryin, the Niche, and the Stronghold - 2008
  • New England Weathered Friends - 2008
  • I Solved Every Miniquest - 2009
  • Did We Happen To Begin? - 2009 (as Super Time Pilot)
  • Worried All the Time I'll Make Mistakes - 2010 (as Rob Potylo)


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