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The Jerky Boys
Origin Queens, New York, U.S.
Genres Comedy
Prank phone calls
Instruments Telephone
Years active 1989–2001
2006–present (sans Kamal)
Labels Scat Records
Select Records
Mercury Records Records
Associated acts Insane Clown Posse
Johnny B.
Former members

The Jerky Boys is an American comedy duo from Queens, New York, whose routine consists of prank telephone calls and other related skits. Formed in 1989, The Jerky Boys was made up of former childhood friends Johnny Brennan, and Kamal.[1] After Kamal left the act in 2000, The Jerky Boys continued on as a solo act featuring only Brennan, before going on hiatus after the 2001 release of their final album, The Jerky Tapes. The project was resurrected in 2006 and remains active today.

The calls were made by ringing up unsuspecting recipients, or in response to classified advertisements placed in local New York-based newspapers. Each call was made in character, usually with over the top voices influenced by the duo's family members.[1]

According to their current record label,, the act has sold over 8,000,000 CDs since their 1993 debut.




Brennan began making and recording prank telephone calls in the 1970s, and teamed up with the younger Kamal, in the late 1980s/early 1990s in their Queens neighborhood.[2] The duo made a number of bootleg tapes of their recorded phone calls that eventually found their way to New York-based radio personality Howard Stern, who played the duo's tracks on the air.[2]

The pair gained notoriety from their exposure on the popular The Howard Stern Show, and released their first album, The Jerky Boys, in 1993. The album topped the Billboard charts and was eventually certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The duo released the double platinum, The Jerky Boys 2 in 1994, followed by The Jerky Boys 3 in 1996, The Jerky Boys 4 in 1997, Stop Staring at Me! in 1999, and The Jerky Tapes in 2001.

In 1995, the duo appeared in Touchstone Pictures' Jerky Boys: The Movie. The movie was filmed in 199394, and although it was almost universally panned by critics, the film has achieved cult status among The Jerky Boys' loyal fan base.

Solo act

In 2000, tension, purportedly because of professional jealousy on the part of Kamal.[2] According to the unconfirmed reports, Kamal felt that he was not recognized as much as Brennan. The ideas for Kamal's characters were also mostly from Brennan. Kamal passed a note down to the manager, who passed it to Brennan: Kamal had decided to quit the group.[3]

Kamal released a solo album, Once A Jerk, Always A Jerk, in 2000.

On March 20, 2007, Brennan, who is now the only constant member of the group, kept The Jerky Boys name and released a solo album, Sol's Rusty Trombone, a collection of mostly ring tones and skits.[2] As of late 2008, the "About" page on the Jerky Boys website does not mention Kamal in discussing the history of the group and its recordings. On March 5, 2010, Brennan, in conjunction with Inner Four, released two apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch platform: The Jerky Boys Prank Caller, and The Jerky Boys Pinball.

Regular characters

  • Big Ole Badass Bob The Cattle Rustler - an American Westerner/Texan who drives a semi-truck; has appeared on "Lawnmower Sale" and "Bad Ass Massage", both from The Jerky Boys 3 album, "Flower Lady #4" from The Jerky Tapes album, and is a featured character on Sol's Rusty Trombone (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Curly G., Cradle Rock - a throwback rap artist trying to catch a break; appeared on one track to date ("Bamm!" from The Jerky Boys 3 album) (voiced by Kamal Ahmed).
  • Sammy Cox - older man with a pronounced lisp; appeared on one track to date ("Herman" from The Jerky Boys 4 album) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Mike/Michael Derucki - an out-of-work painter (voiced by Brennan). Has appeared on several tracks including "Hello Ray" and "Dead pet removal"
  • Harry Getzov - A name from the "Flower Lady" and "Moonlight Matinee" tracks from The Jerky Tapes album. The character is perennially away from the telephone, and unable to be reached by the unsuspecting caller who is pranked by either Jack Tors (Brennan), Tarbash (Kamal), or Big Ole Badass Bob The Cattle Rustler (Johnny Brennan). In the Jerky Boys CDs, Getzov is credited as the Jerky Boys manager.
  • Jake - handles in-coming calls for Mr. Silverman, the phony sports agent ("Big Hock" track from the Stop Staring at Me! album) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Jocko Johnson - voice and behavior similar to Frank Rizzo; wanted his wife's house knocked down while she was out of town ("The Home Wrecker" track from The Jerky Boys album) (voiced by Kamal).
  • Frank Kissel - an aged World War II veteran and ex-singer who is confined to a wheelchair. The character normally refers to himself only as Kissel. He sometimes complains about or is heard arguing with his wife. Kamal, who voices the character, appeared with in full old-man makeup as Kissel in the Insane Clown Posse movie Big Money Hustlas (voiced by Kamal).
  • Anthony Kissel - Frank Kissel's son; appeared on two tracks to date ("Uncle Freddie" from The Jerky Boys' album, and "Laundromat" from the The Jerky Boys 4 album). Anthony is also mentioned in "Husband Beating" (from The Jerky Boys 2 album), where Kissel said "I got a couple children, they're a little older right now", but he did not mention his real name (voiced by Brennan).
  • Martha Kissel - Frank Kissel's wife; often appears with Kissel. Her voice can be heard in calls such as "Uncle Freddie", "Husband Beating" and "Kissel Sails". On "Uncle Freddie" (from The Jerky Boys album), Kissel reveals his wife's name before he begins arguing with the person who answered the phone about whether Uncle Freddie had died (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Nikos/Nicos - an immigrant Greek delicatessen owner; appeared on one track to date ("Bad Tomatoes" from The Jerky Boys 3 album) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Pico - an abused Mexican immigrant; often appears with Kissel (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Frank Rizzo - an extremely abrasive blue-collar Italian-American New Yorker with bizarre complaints and requests (voiced by Johnny Brennan). (not to be confused with the 1972–1980 Philadelphia mayor, Frank Rizzo)
  • Sol Rosenberg - a frail, male 50-something New York Jew who often suffers from various and often comical problems and ailments. (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Rosine/Rocine - a flamboyant Puerto Rican Latina who often slaps herself (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Silverman - a phony sports agent ("Silverman Baby!!" track from The Jerky Tapes album) (voiced by Johnny Brennan).
  • Tarbash, the Egyptian Magician - a Middle-Eastern man with a repertoire of dangerous stage tricks who mutilates himself or is attacked by various wild animals used in his act. His last appearance in the Jerky Boys albums was in The Jerky Tapes (voiced by Kamal).
  • Ali Kamal - a Middle-Eastern cab driver victimized by a sadistic dentist. Assaulted and possibly molested, Ali seeks the aid of a lawyer specializing in "dental malpractice" (voiced by Kamal).
  • Jack Tors - a flamboyant homosexual man who sometimes is taking part in odd sounding sexual activities and is looking for help or supplies related to this. Also a musician and a dancer(voiced by Johnny Brennan). It should be noted that the track "Security Service" (from The Jerky Boys 2 album) has a destinctively different voice, but says his name is Jack Tors (and spells his last name "T O R *pause* S.") It is also worth noting that on the back of many of The Jerky Boys' albums they have listed the character making the prank call, and for most of the Jack Tors pranks the name is written "Jack Tor S."
  • Brett Weir - a name that comes up in classic call "Super Across The Way" (from The Jerky Boys album) and is also mentioned in "The Gay Model" ; actually Johnny Brennan's brother-in-law's name.[3] The character, portrayed by actor James Lorinz, also appeared in 1995's Jerky Boys: The Movie.



Album information
The Jerky Boys
The Jerky Boys 2
  • Released: July 1994
  • Chart positions: #12 Billboard 200, #16 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (1994)
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
  • Singles: "Pablo Honey", "Pet Cobra", "Terrorist Pizza", "A Little Emergency", "Sporting Goods"
The Jerky Boys 3
  • Released: August 20, 1996
  • Chart positions: #18 Billboard 200 (1996)
  • RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Santa's Delivery", "Stop That", "Bamm!"
The Jerky Boys 4
  • Released: October 1997
  • Chart positions: #63 Billboard 200 (1997)
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "Sol's Thermometer Mishap", "I'm a Diva", "Hello Ray", "Truck Registration", "Laundromat"
Stop Staring at Me!
  • Released: May 18, 1999
  • Chart positions: #117 Billboard 200 (1999)
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "The Hucklebuck", "I Pickle They", "Hair Vitamins", "Big Hock"
The Jerky Tapes
  • Released: April 10, 2001
  • Chart positions:
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "Flower Lady #2," "Silverman Baby!!", "Make Air Not War"

Apple iPhone and iPod Touch Apps

Apps information
The Jerky Boys Prank Caller
  • Released: March 5, 2010
  • Available on: Apple iTunes App Store
  • Contains: All-new clips, never-before heard full calls, new Jerky ringtones, and other features.
The Jerky Boys Pinball
  • Released: March 5, 2010
  • Available on: Apple iTunes App Store
  • Contains: All-new recorded sound clips.

Johnny B.

Album information
Sol's Rusty Trombone


Album information
Once a Jerk, Always a Jerk

Soundtrack albums

Album information
Jerky Boys: The Movie (Soundtrack)

Compilation albums

Album information
The Best of the Jerky Boys
  • Released: October 22, 2002
  • Chart positions:
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "Sushi Chef", "Sol's Phobia", "Punitive Damages", "Laser Surgery"
The Ultimate Jerky Boys Collection
  • Released: October 24, 2004
  • Chart positions:
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "Punitive Damages", "Car Salesman", "The Mattress King", "Hurt at Work", "Egyptian Magician"

Film and TV appearances


  • English rock band Radiohead named their 1993 debut album, Pablo Honey, after the first call on The Jerky Boys 2 album (apparently having heard it on a bootleg tape, well before release of the material on CD.[citation needed]
  • The duo frequently incorporated references to The Howard Stern Show in several calls ("Food & Drug Complaint" from 1997's The Jerky Boys 4 album; "You Wanna Scrap?" from 1999's Stop Staring at Me! album; "Moonlight Matinee" from 2001's The Jerky Tapes album).
  • Brennan's Sol Rosenberg voice is nearly identical to the voice he uses as pharmacist Mort Goldman on Family Guy
  • In a March 2007 interview, Brennan claimed that all of the Jerky Boys characters, including Tarbash and Kissel, were based on people that he knew.[2] Kamal, on the other hand, has claimed both characters were his creations.[3]
  • In 2008, comedian Peter Kay included a version of the Free Nelson Mandela song by The Jerky Boys in his parody show Britain's got the Pop Factor for Channel 4 in the UK. It was part of a medley and mixed the last two syllables of Mandela into the Rhianna hit Umbrella.


  1. ^ a b "Johnny Brennan of The Jerky Boys Spews Off about the History behind the Kings of Crank". Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. 1997-12-04. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jeremy The Loner (2007-03-01). "A Conversation With Jerky Boy Johnny Brennan". Dean' Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  3. ^ a b c Dean S. Planet (2001). "Kamal from The Jerky Boys". Dean' Retrieved 2007-03-20. 

External links

See also

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