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God & Baby Jesus Help Us -- The Jerky Boys are back

The Jerky Boys' Johnny Brennan to Rolling Stone:
Just when you thought it was safe to answer your cell phone, the Jerky Boys are back. “I just started thinking to myself, ‘You know, people have been asking me for decades,'” Johnny Brennan, the G.O.A.T. of prank callers, tells Rolling Stone of his decision to restart the 1990s comedy outfit after a two-decade hiatus. “It’s been a long, long time. I said to myself, ‘Let me do it.’ Let me put something else out there. My kids are growing up. And I feel there’s plenty great stuff left to put out there.”

Following Kamal Ahmed’s exit from the duo in 2000, Brennan remained caretaker of the Jerky Boys name, even as he hung up his telephone for good. During the Jerky Boys’ hiatus, Brennan kept busy with comedy gigs and voice acting – including the role of Mort Goldman on Family Guy, a character based on his Jerky Boys character Sol Rosenberg – but the past two decades haven’t quelled fans’ demands for new prank calls.

“While I’m in the studio in New York City doing Family Guy, Seth McFarlane would tell me in my headphones, ‘Johnny, please, you gotta get back into the studio. We’ve been through these records so many times, we’ve burned them up,'” Brennan says. On YouTube, old Jerky Boys pranks have racked up millions of views.

So Brennan went back to work: Armed with a “Jerky Boys-only” cell phone, Brennan reunited with the characters he created – tough-talkin’ Frank Rizzo, the flamboyant Jack Tors, Mike Derucki and Rosine the “Puerto Rican transvestite” – and got dialing. The result: The Jerky Boys’ first new album in over 20 years, which Comedy Dynamics will release later this year.

“This is the first time in all these years that I’ve been sitting down and dialing up a business and say, ‘Yeah, I’m calling about the job,’ just like I used to do,” Brennan says, adding that it took some practice getting back into each character’s mindset after all these years. “I did Rosine 30-plus years ago and I had that shit down,” he says of a recent prank. “But I’m in the call and I’m saying, ‘I don’t know if I sound that good. I don’t know if I’m nailing this character because I haven’t done it in so long.'”

Here's a sample -- Frank's Braces...

"God & Baby Jesus Help Us" Prank Call from The Jerky Boys...

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