Neil Hamburger @ Sweat
Neil Hamburger is the name of a stand-up comedian played by Gregg Turkington. Hamburger's jokes range from variations of "Why did the chicken cross the road?" to Diana, Princess of Wales jokes to Paris Hilton jokes. His pacing is off, and he clears his throat nonstop through his entire routine, which is all part of the ultimate goal: to be the world's "worst" stand-up comedian. Neil's unique brand of comedy has thrilled, perplexed and repulsed audiences from the New York University Thompson Center to Jimmy Kimmel and is often compared to Tony Clifton. One of Neil's best loved gags is the "Zipper Lips," in which he asks an audience member a question. If the audience member doesn't respond, Hamburger produces a verbal stoush that produces his Zipper Schtick. A common phrase used by the comedian is, "But, that's my life!"
Neil Hamburger is rarely—if ever—seen in public not as Hamburger. Starting with America's Funnyman, released in 1996, he has released a number of records on the influential Drag City record label.
Mr. Turkington's past projects include the bands Faxed Head, Zip Code Rapists, and Three Doctors Band. Turkington was also co-owner of now defunct Amarillo Records, and he co wrote the book Warm Voices Rearranged: Anagram Record Reviews with Brandan Kearney.
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