Brian Posehn

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Brian Posehn
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Posehn in November 2007
Birth nameBrian Edmund Posehn
Born(1966-07-06) July 6, 1966 (age 47)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, music
Years active1994–present
SpouseMelanie Truhett (2004–present)
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Brian Posehn
Brian Posehn 1.JPG
Posehn in November 2007
Birth nameBrian Edmund Posehn
Born(1966-07-06) July 6, 1966 (age 47)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, music
Years active1994–present
SpouseMelanie Truhett (2004–present)

Brian Edmund Posehn[1] (born July 6, 1966) is an American actor, voice actor, musician, writer, and comedian, known for his roles as Jim Kuback on The WB's Mission Hill and Brian Spukowski on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program.

Early life

Posehn was born[2] and raised[3] in Sacramento, California. He is of German and Irish descent.[4] Posehn graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1984.[5] He attended college at Sacramento State University.[6]


Television work

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. Posehn also wrote the Space Ghost: Coast to Coast episode "Cahill" (1998) with Ben Karlin. 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). On an Adult Swim production, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, he voiced the Wisdom Cube in the 2003 episode "The Cubing".

Posehn performed the voice of Gibbons, a tiny man, on several episodes of the Cartoon Network's Tom Goes to the Mayor (2005–2006). He also 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. 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 and was a celebrity judge on the revived 1970s game show The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008), on Comedy Central. He co-stars on The Sarah Silverman Program with Steve Agee as a gay couple who is friends with Silverman,[7] and also wrote the season three finale "Wowschwitz". He played himself in the episode "Spagett" of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, appeared at the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, played the role of a physically disabled man (Scooter Man) in the second 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 also wrote the episode "Fatherklok". 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. In 2012 he co-wrote the fourth season of Metalocalypse.

Film work

Posehn in June 2008

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 the 2007 documentary Super High Me starring 'marijuana comedian' Doug Benson, the 2008 documentary Nerdcore Rising about MC Frontalot and in a supporting role in Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.

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

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, which he supposedly vandalized.[8] In 2010, Posehn released his second album Fart and Wiener Jokes. In 2011, Posehn agreed to perform at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Some of his fans criticized this decision as being "not metal".[9] Posehn countered that "getting a paycheck is metal", and expressed respect towards the Juggalo fan culture, as well as the independent music success of Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records.[9]


In 2006, Relapse Records released his first album, Live In: Nerd Rage.[10][11] It includes "Metal by Numbers", a song mocking bands that term themselves "metal" but are clearly not.[12][13] The instrumental tracks feature musicians such as guitarist Scott Ian (of Anthrax), bassist Joey Vera (then of Anthrax, but also of Armored Saint and Fates Warning), 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 appeared on a Season 4 episode of the music talk show That Metal Show and Lamb of God's Walk With Me In Hell DVD, and performed "More Metal Then You", a song that was included on his non-musical stand-up comedy album Fart & Weiner Jokes, with "Brian Posehn's All-Star Band" on the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Posehn appeared in The Damned Things music video for "We've Got A Situation Here". He provided backing vocals for Evile's album Five Serpent's Teeth.

Other work

Posehn has provided voice work for video games Brütal Legend as The Hunter[14] and Star Warped as co-narrator Brian.[15] Posehn has also voiced Grunts and various Marines in the 2004 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.

Beginning in 2012, Posehn and Gerry Duggan will be co-writing a new Deadpool ongoing comic series, illustrated by Tony Moore.[16]

Since 2012, Posehn has hosted a podcast called Nerd Poker, where a group of comedians play Dungeons & Dragons. Co-hosts include comic book writer Gerry Duggan and comedian Blaine Capatch, among others.

Personal life

Posehn married Melanie Truhett in 2004 and has a son with her.[17] While once known for his use of cannabis, Posehn quit smoking marijuana in 2011.[18][19]


1994Pom PokoHayashi (voice)TV Series
1995Empty NestPainted gut guyTV Series
1996Mr. Show With Bob and David: Fantastic NewnessVarious charactersTV Movie
FriendsMessengerTV Series
Party GirlPatron #1TV Series (1 episode)
1998Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical News ReportVarious charactersTV Movie
NewsRadioBrian/FanTV Series (2 episodes)
Jenny (TV series)Guest #3TV Series (1 episode)
The Wedding SingerMan at Table 9 (uncredited)Movie
Veronica MarsThe Maintenance GuyTV Series (1 episode)
SeinfeldArtieTV Series (1 episode)
The Army ShowEddieTV Series (5 episodes)
Mr. Show with Bob and DavidVarious charactersTV Series (21 episodes)
1999Maggie (TV series)JanitorTV Series (1 episode)
Jesse (TV series)TerryTV Series (1 episode)
2000The Boyer BrothersRandy BoyerTV Movie
Desperate But Not SeriousAuteur #2Film
Super NerdsGayleTV Movie
2001Clerks: The TV ShowAlbert/Man on FireTV Series (3 episodes)
Becker (TV series)GeorgeTV Series (1 episode)
Everybody Loves RaymondWalter/WarrenTV Series (2 episodes)
2002Run Ronnie RunTankFilm
Next!Various charactersTV Movie
Sorority BoysHaggard AlumFilm
Comedy Central PresentsHimselfTV Series (1 episode)
Mission HillJim KubackTV Series (13 episodes)
2003Ozzy & DrixSylvian FisherTV Series (1 episode)
3 SouthDellTV Series (14 episodes)
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met LloydStore clerkFilm
Grind (2003 film)Orville the Scraggly GuyFilm
Brother BearAdditional voiceFilm
Crank YankersClayTV Series (1 episode)
Aqua Teen Hunger ForceThe Real Wisdom CubeTV Series (1 episode)
Just Shoot Me!Kevin LiottaTV Series (29 episodes)
2004Adventures in HomeschoolingEugene DrifkeShort film
Method & RedGuardTV Series (1 episode)
EulogyVideo Store ClerkFilm
Halo 2Grunt (voice)Video game
2005The Bernie Mac ShowDavidTV Series (2 episodes)
Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is MagicFriendFilm
Cake BoyDarrelFilm
The Devil's RejectsJimmyFilm
People UncutHimselfTV Series (1 episode)
American Dad!Dan VebberTV Series (1 episode)
Cheap Seats: Without Ron ParkerCraig BogieTV Series (1 episode)
2006Sleeping Dogs LieRandyFilm
Ergo ProxyDog Cop #2Film
Home Purchasing ClubCurtis / Voice OverTV Series
Tom Goes to the MayorRandyTV Series (4 episodes)
Re-AnimatedCrocco (voice)TV Movie
2007Smiley FaceBus DriverFilm
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!GibbonsTV Series (1 episode)
Undead or Alive: A ZombedyBenFilm
Reno 911!Stevie the CoronerTV Series (3 episodes)
Surf's Up (film)Glen Maverick (voice)Film
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver SurferWedding MinisterFilm
Kim PossibleCousin LarryTV Series (5 episodes)
The Sarah Silverman Program: NuggetsBrian SpukowskiTV Series
2008Spy SchoolGrissomFilm
Human GiantVarious charactersTV Series (5 episodes)
Out of Jimmy's HeadCroccoTV Series (18 episodes)
The Mighty B!Ride GuyTV Series (1 episode)
Transformers: AnimatedNino Sexton / NanosecTV Series (2 episodes)
MetalocalypseMelward FjordslornTV Series (1 episode)
CalifornicationScooter ManTV Series (1 episode)
The Sarah Silverman Program: Animated WebisodesBrian SpukowskiTV Series
Sex DriveCarneyFilm
Comedy Central Presents: 2008 Breakout ComediansHimselfTV Series (1 episode)
2009Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFallOctus (voice)Video game
Burning HollywoodGuruTV Series
The Haunted World of El SuperbeastoMurray (voice)Film
Brütal LegendHunter (voice)Video game
2010Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-DooMarlon WhirlenFilm
The Sarah Silverman ProgramBrian SpukowskiTV Series (32 episodes)
Adventure TimeBusiness Man #1TV Series (1 episode)
The Penguins of MadagascarDuaneTV Series (1 episode)
The Suite Life on DeckDr. CorkTV Series (1 episode)
2011Bob's BurgersChoo-ChooTV Series (1 episode)
X-PlayHimselfTV Series (1 episode)
Sym-Bionic TitanOctus / Newton / Kid BTV Series (19 episodes)
Lloyd the ConquerorAndyFilm
2012HollistonClerkTV Series (1 episode)
The Five-Year EngagementTarquinFilm
ConanAudience memberTV Series (1 episode)
Guys with KidsVictorTV Series (3 episodes)
2013NewsreadersAmes MacKenzieTV Series (1 episode)
Anger ManagementBrianTV Series (1 episode)
Tiny CommandoHobby clerkTV Mini-Series
2014New GirlBiology TeacherTV Series (1 episode)
The Big Bang TheoryBertTV Series (2 episodes)
Hell & BackClebFilm (post production)
2014Uncle NickUncle NickFilm (post production)



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    • a "When the Sacramento-born performer isn't making cameos on shows like Californication..." — ¶ 1.
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    • a "Yet this Sacramento bred comedian..." — ¶ 1.
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  7. ^ Bill Carter (2007-03-28). "Home Base for Laughs? Comedy Central Thinks So". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central; Episode 1211; First aired in 2008; Viewed April 3, 2009
  9. ^ a b "Joe Rogan (Podcast Site)". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
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  11. ^ "Live In: Nerd Rage". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  12. ^ Metal by Numbers on YouTube
  13. ^ Brian Posehn on Myspace
  14. ^ Game Day: Heavy metal thunder
  15. ^ All Game: Star Warped Credits
  16. ^ Marvel NOW! Q&A: Deadpool
  17. ^ Nail, Michelle (November 9, 2011). "His Dick is the 99%: Part 2 of An Interview with Brian Posehn". Austinist. 
  18. ^ Schneider, Marc (June 10, 2011). "Pot Comic Quits Pot: Brian Posehn 'Hated Who I Was'". PopEater. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ Talty, John (June 15, 2012). "Despite His Surliness, Brian Posehn Wants You to Know He's Not An *******". International Business Times. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 

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