Roadrunner Records has announced a new imprint, Roadrunner Comedy. Stand-up comedian and author Doug Stanhope is Roadrunner Comedy’s inaugural artist.
Roadrunner Comedy represents the spirit in which Roadrunner Records was originally founded: highlighting brilliant artists that are inherently irreverent and provocative. The ideals that have made Roadrunner a recognizable brand worldwide are the guidelines by which Roadrunner Comedy will develop. 30 years of representing the best of rock, metal and alternative music have shown that Roadrunner is adept at reaching fans on a widespread and meaningful level, a function Roadrunner seeks to replicate with the launch of Roadrunner Comedy.
Cees Wessels, CEO of Roadrunner Records, said, “We are very excited to launch Roadrunner Comedy, yet another innovative iteration of the Roadrunner brand. We look forward to welcoming a variety of like-minded comedians to the Roadrunner family—new artists with dynamic talents—that will be making us laugh for years to come.”
Partnering with the talented Doug Stanhope to launch Roadrunner Comedy was an obvious move. Stanhope’s brutally honest style is shockingly uninhibited, ranging from biting social commentary to the crass and obscene. His cutting stand-up has landed him appearances on The Howard Stern Show, Comedy Central Presents, Premium Blend, The Man Show, Fox News with Greta Van Sustern, BBC’s Newswipe and The Jerry Springer Show. Stanhope has taped TV specials for Showtime and UK’s Channel 4. He was also featured in controversial film The Aristocrats alongside legends like George Carlin, Don Rickles and Chris Rock. Keep an eye out for new material by Stanhope, slated for a 2011 Roadrunner Comedy debut.
Brian Hennigan, Doug Stanhope’s manager, said, “We needed to find a supportive partner who would let Doug Stanhope be Doug Stanhope. There are millions of people all over the world that Doug hasn't offended and with Roadrunner's help we should be able to reach them all.”
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has recently experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, near-platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth. Roadrunner's current roster also includes such diverse acts such as The Parlor Mob, plus up and comers like Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established heritage rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ratt, Meat Loaf (North America) and KISS (Europe and select territories). Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond.
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