Genre:Ventriloquist / Veterans/Legends / Musical
TV Shows"Comedy Central Presents", "Premium Blend", "Jimmy Kimmel Live", "The World Stands Up", "Late Friday", "Dinner and a Movie", "When Hidden Cameras Attack",
Films"Punching the Clown", National Lampoon’s "Totally Baked","The Second Degree", "The Loner" short film series (See right), "Rubbernecking", "How to go out on a Date in Queens" (Song), "Comedy Hell" (Song)
Albums"On the Shoulders Of Freaks", "Number 2", "Why Haven't I heard from You?"
BioHenry Phillips has been seen performing his twisted songs and stories on Comedy Central, ABC’s ’Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and NBC’s ’Late Friday’. He can also be heard regularly on the Bob and Tom show, performing such songs as ’The Guitar Pill’ and ’She’s Talking Again’. His nationally released CDs, fusing mellow folk-rock ballads with psychopathic lyrics have earned him mention in Billboard magazine’s ’Critic’s Choice’, as well as acclaim from the king of novelty music himself, Dr. Demento, who referred to Phillips as "The funniest young singer-songwriter to come our way in quite a while." Also, his biographical comedy film "Punching the Clown", directed by Greg Viens, received the Audience award at Slamdance film festival '09, and is continuing a successful run on the festival circuit.
InfluencesSteven Wright, Jack Handy, Al Franken, Mark Leyner, George Carlin, Gary Shandling, Tom Waits, Ben Folds, Brian Wilson, Neil Diamond, Nirvana
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Bio:For years I played folk music in Clubs and Coffee Houses all around the dirty streets of Los Angeles. I wore my heart out on my sleeve, only to be called "Loser" and "Faggot" by unapreciative audience members. Then, in a moment of profound weakness, I journeyed to the famous crossroads and sold my soul to the Devil to be able to play the guitar. Much to my dismay, immediately after signing the ominous contract, and upon asking Satan if I was going to be able to instantly kick-ass on the guitar, he simply replied, "Well, I was thinking we would get together every Monday and start on some basic theory and chord charts and then perhaps move on to the harder stuff." I was furious. I screamed, "I thought the whole point is that I instantly become a bad-ass on the guitar. And he condescendingly said, "Well, everyone's gotta practice, son." It took years for me to get over it. Now looking back, I'm not even sure I was dealing with the Devil himself. For one thing, it wasn't really the 'crossroads'. It was Hollywood and Cahuenga. And why would the Prince of Darkness be hanging out in front of a 7-11 asking passers-by for spare change? And also, how come I could see his penis the whole time? I guess I'll never really know the answers. But here I am years later, moving from town to small town, performing my bizarre songs in front of confused audiences to a somewhat mediocre response, and making sometimes hundreds of dollars a year. I have three CDs, I've been seen on Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel, NBC's "Late Friday", and others. And I have an Ovation award for best New Musical for a musical I co-wrote with my friend Rick Batalla about Robert Blake. I guess dreams really do come true. About me: I enjoy smoking, drinking, drugs, womanizing and gambling. I guess that's about it.
Member Since:July 05, 2005
Influences:Stephen Wright, George Carlin, Adam Sandler, Albert Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Diamond, Ben Folds, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, James Taylor and Bob Dylan.
Sounds Like:I would say James Taylor on Smack, but James Taylor was actually on Smack, so it wouldn't really work.
About me:For me, music is like a drug. Some people are addicted to Crack, or Heroin, or PCP, (And don't get me wrong, I'm addicted to those things also), but music is my main addiction. For years I played my music in and around the filthy streets of the greater Los Angeles area, wearing my tortured heart out on my sleeve, only to be called 'Loser' and 'Faggot' by unappreciative bus station employees and other passers-by. Then, in a moment of true desperation, I found myself on a pilgrimage to the world famous crossroads, seeking to sell my soul to the devil in order to become the best guitar player ever. Sure enough, the devil was there, and of course, after signing the ominous contract, I immediately asked, "So, how does this work? Am I able to just kick ass on the guitar now?", to which the devil replied, "Well, I was thinking maybe we'd meet every Monday and I'll start you off on some basic theory and chord charts, and then we'll work on the fundamentals of music reading". Needless to say I was livid. "I thought the whole reason I sold my soul was so that I could become an instant bad-ass on the guitar?" The Devil, becoming annoyed, shot back, "Well, you have to practice!". This incident thrust me into a ten-year tailspin of depression which included binge drinking, drug experimentation, and almost constant masturbation. Years later, I feel as though I've finally come to terms with the whole thing. You know, looking back, I'm not even sure it was the devil himself that I was dealing with. For one thing, it wasn't really "the Crossroads", it was the corner of Cahuenga and Franklin. And why would the Prince of Darkness be standing in front of a 7-11 asking for change? And also, how come I could see his penis practically the whole time (not to mention that he made several attempts to touch me inappropriately)? I guess I'll never really know for sure. But in the meantime, I'm just going to continue playing my odd brand of hit-and-miss comedy music to mediocre responses from indifferent small crowds in shitty venues all across the world. Some dreams really don't come true. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ....View ....Henry Phillips tour dates.... from Eventful .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ....View ....
Who I'd like to meet:Other anal-retentive people. (By the way, it's actually "Whom I'd like to meet"-- objective case). Also-- Tom Waits, Robert Plant, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan and Liza Minelli.
- Status: Single
- Here for: Friends
- Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 11" / Average
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Children: Someday
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: College graduate
- Occupation: Comedian
GeneralWatching T.V., Drinking, Talking on the phone. (Girls? Any Takers?) I also like playing practical jokes that only I am in on.
University Of California-Los Angeles
1991 to 1994
- Los Angeles,California
- Graduated: 1994
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Political Science
Crescenta Valley Senior High
1983 to 1987
- La Crescenta,California
- Graduated: 1987
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: High School Diploma