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[[caption-width-right:285:"Life sucks; get a fucking helmet!"]]

->''"'I'm not happy!' I'm not happy!' [[AngstWhatAngst Nobody's "happy"!]] Happiness comes in small doses -- it's a cigarette, or a chocolate chip cookie or a five-second orgasm; that's all it is, okay?! You cum, you eat the cookie, you smoke the butt, you go to sleep, you wake up in the morning and you go to fucking work! That is it, end of fucking list!"''

Denis Leary is a comedian born in Worcester, Massachusetts to Irish Catholic immigrants. His routines involve a deeply cutting, rambling, [[ClusterFBomb profane]] MotorMouth style, and is not afraid to go after whatever he damn well feels like.

He's incredibly proud of his Irish heritage, and does not apologize for his love of the Boston Red Sox, the Bruins, or Boston in general (he even forgave [[MisBlamed Bill Buckner]], even though it seemed no one else will).

He's related, through [[ChainOfDeals various marriages]] to ConanOBrien. He's also an old friend of Jon Stewart, and is a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' fairly regularly

Don't mention him around fans of Creator/BillHicks. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Let's leave it at that]].
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!!He's appeared in more than 40 films, including:

* ''IceAge''
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''
* ''TheSandlot''
* ''MonumentAvenue''
* ''TheMatchmaker''
* ''TheRef''
* ''SuicideKings''
* ''TwoIfBySea''
* ''WagTheDog''
* ''Film/DemolitionMan''
* ''TheThomasCrownAffair''
* ''Film/OperationDumboDrop''
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''

!!TV Series involving him in some way include:
* ''Series/RemoteControl'': many cameo roles
* ''TheJob'': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Watch him bust a counterfeit Pokemon trading cards ring! And try (and fail) to spell "Jigglypuff"!]]
* ''RescueMe'': star, producer, BadAss

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! Tropes associated with Denis Leary:
* AnnoyingArrows: In ''No Cure For Cancer'' he relates a story (retold in ''Why We Suck'') about how when he was a kid, his brother and brother's friend once shot him in the head with an arrow. The two of them then proceeded to run away and Denis' father actually ''pulled the arrow out'' before taking him to the hospital at the insistence of his mother.
* AuthorAppeal: He does a lot with Boston and/or firefighters, so expect a lot of that whenever he's involved.
* ClusterFBomb: Most of his stand-up routines are loaded with this trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: May as well be the patron saint of this trope.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Is it impossible to get a cup of coffee-flavored coffee in this country?"
* {{Eagleland}}: ''Why We Suck''.
* ExactWords / LaserGuidedKarma: After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJ-8R4ghXU a bumper for an award show]] done in the style of a [=MasterCard=] "Priceless" commercial showed various Red Sox fans saying what they would give for a Sox championship. It then comes to Leary, who is told he said he would give his left nut to see it happen. After a few moments of denial, he goes, "Huh... that ''does'' sound like something I would say, doesn't it?" while another guy holds up what appears to be a pair of hedge clippers. The end of the spot featured half of (a fake version of) the [=MasterCard=] logo[[note]]which if you don't know is shaped like two balls[[/note]] falling away while Leary's voice exclaims "[[GroinAttack Ow! You bastards!]]"
* FightingIrish: And goddamn proud of it too.
* GrowingUpSucks: ''Life's Gonna Suck''.
* HiddenDepths: Would you guess that he's actually [[http://keithbadowski.blogspot.com/2008/12/denis-leary-poetry-fan.html a published poet]], an avid fan of poetry in general, and has been a guest editor for the renowned ''Ploughshares'' literary magazine?
* ImGoingToHellForThis: A bit on ''No Cure For Cancer''. He's glad Jesus died when he did, because otherwise he would have ended up like Elvis in his 40s. He then performs an extended Jesus-as-Elvis impression, followed by:
-->"I'm going to hell for that bit. ''[[TakingYouWithMe And you're all]] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou coming with me!]].''"
* IrishDrinkingSong: "Traditional Irish Folk Song"
* {{Jerkass}}: How many people view him, and the song "Asshole" is pretty much a celebration of Jerkasses and his stand-up persona in general. Of course, it's part of his act. See below.
* JerkassHasAPoint: This seems to be his default setting. No matter how crude his stand up routine is. No matter how much we call him an asshole. Much of his snark has truth to it.
* LifeImitatesArt: In one comedy routine, he talked about writing a book: ''Shut The Fuck Up'' by Dr. Denis Leary. Well, he's written a book, and while it's got a different title (''Why We Suck''), the fact that he has an honorary D.F.A. from Emerson College allows him to credit himself as Dr. Denis Leary.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father [[http://youtu.be/wt-rz6jmmbE nearly severed his thumb with a circular saw]] and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.
-->He would not let my mother drive him to the hospital; that was too much of a threat to his masculinity to be seen riding in a car driven by a woman. So he taped up the thumb with black electrical tape, and drove himself minus one thumb to the hospital. I turned to my brother and said "Hey pal, forget about crying, okay? Crying is over. We're never gonna be able to cry about anything ever, okay? Our father figure is a man who could sever his own head with a chainsaw and he'd staple gun it back on ''(staple sound effects)'' 'Fuckin head came off!' ''(staple sound effects)''"
** He goes on to say that one time, when he was visiting, his dad accidentally shot a nail through his hand with a nail gun. His reaction? ''[[{{Badass}} Pull it out with his teeth.]]''
* MeanCharacterNiceActor Don't let his abrasive stand-up persona fool you. Plus, [[http://www.learyfirefighters.org/ he started an organization for firefighters and their families.]] He's pretty much a nice, goodhearted guy who loves pretending to be a bastard.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Replacing the letter "r" with an "a" and replacing the "-a" at the end of words with an "-er" is incredibly noticeable.
* RaisedCatholic: Though he admits that during a scene in ''Rescue Me'' where his character had to recite the Hail Mary prayer he couldn't remember it, though he's able to list the starting lineup of the 1967 Boston Red Sox off the top of his head[[note]]"Russ Gibson at catcher. First base is George Scott. Second base is Mike Andrews. Shortstop is Rico Petrocelli. Third base was Joe Foy. Left field was Carl Yastrzemski. Center field was Reggie Smith. Right field was Tony Conigliaro, and, when he got hurt, Dalton Jones. And that's sad."[[/note]]
* TheRoast: He was the first to be roasted by Creator/ComedyCentral and their counterpart to the New York Friar's Club Roast.
* RunningGag: Almost any time he brings up his late father, expect wood paneling to be brought up, since Mr. Leary was so fond of putting up wood paneling that he even had it on his car. Also, in his stand-up comedy acts, he often briefly references things that he's said [[BrickJoke earlier in the show.]]
* SelfDeprecation: From his song "Kiss My A$$":
-->'''Denis Leary''': "Kiss my skinny, Irish, ''Emmy-losing'' ass!"
* {{Southies}}: Though he's actually from Worcester, which depending on who you ask is either central or western Massachusetts.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's De''n''is, with one N.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: TropeNamer.
* TwoWordsObviousTrope: His Creator/{{MTV}} promos.
* {{Understatement}}: In one routine, he spends the first thirty seconds or so energetically puffing on his cigarette, gasping and wheezing several times, until he is half-obscured by a cloud of blue smoke. His summary?
-->'''Denis Leary''': "[[CaptainObvious ...I smoke.]]"
* VerbalTic: Okay?
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[[quoteright:285:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Denis.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:285:"Life sucks; get a fucking helmet!"]]

->''"'I'm not happy!' I'm not happy!' [[AngstWhatAngst Nobody's "happy"!]] Happiness comes in small doses -- it's a cigarette, or a chocolate chip cookie or a five-second orgasm; that's all it is, okay?! You cum, you eat the cookie, you smoke the butt, you go to sleep, you wake up in the morning and you go to fucking work! That is it, end of fucking list!"''

Denis Leary is a comedian born in Worcester, Massachusetts to Irish Catholic immigrants. His routines involve a deeply cutting, rambling, [[ClusterFBomb profane]] MotorMouth style, and is not afraid to go after whatever he damn well feels like.

He's incredibly proud of his Irish heritage, and does not apologize for his love of the Boston Red Sox, the Bruins, or Boston in general (he even forgave [[MisBlamed Bill Buckner]], even though it seemed no one else will).

He's related, through [[ChainOfDeals various marriages]] to ConanOBrien. He's also an old friend of Jon Stewart, and is a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' fairly regularly

Don't mention him around fans of Creator/BillHicks. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Let's leave it at that]].
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!!He's appeared in more than 40 films, including:

* ''IceAge''
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''
* ''TheSandlot''
* ''MonumentAvenue''
* ''TheMatchmaker''
* ''TheRef''
* ''SuicideKings''
* ''TwoIfBySea''
* ''WagTheDog''
* ''Film/DemolitionMan''
* ''TheThomasCrownAffair''
* ''Film/OperationDumboDrop''
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''

!!TV Series involving him in some way include:
* ''Series/RemoteControl'': many cameo roles
* ''TheJob'': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Watch him bust a counterfeit Pokemon trading cards ring! And try (and fail) to spell "Jigglypuff"!]]
* ''RescueMe'': star, producer, BadAss

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! Tropes associated with Denis Leary:
* AnnoyingArrows: In ''No Cure For Cancer'' he relates a story (retold in ''Why We Suck'') about how when he was a kid, his brother and brother's friend once shot him in the head with an arrow. The two of them then proceeded to run away and Denis' father actually ''pulled the arrow out'' before taking him to the hospital at the insistence of his mother.
* AuthorAppeal: He does a lot with Boston and/or firefighters, so expect a lot of that whenever he's involved.
* ClusterFBomb: Most of his stand-up routines are loaded with this trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: May as well be the patron saint of this trope.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Is it impossible to get a cup of coffee-flavored coffee in this country?"
* {{Eagleland}}: ''Why We Suck''.
* ExactWords / LaserGuidedKarma: After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJ-8R4ghXU a bumper for an award show]] done in the style of a [=MasterCard=] "Priceless" commercial showed various Red Sox fans saying what they would give for a Sox championship. It then comes to Leary, who is told he said he would give his left nut to see it happen. After a few moments of denial, he goes, "Huh... that ''does'' sound like something I would say, doesn't it?" while another guy holds up what appears to be a pair of hedge clippers. The end of the spot featured half of (a fake version of) the [=MasterCard=] logo[[note]]which if you don't know is shaped like two balls[[/note]] falling away while Leary's voice exclaims "[[GroinAttack Ow! You bastards!]]"
* FightingIrish: And goddamn proud of it too.
* GrowingUpSucks: ''Life's Gonna Suck''.
* HiddenDepths: Would you guess that he's actually [[http://keithbadowski.blogspot.com/2008/12/denis-leary-poetry-fan.html a published poet]], an avid fan of poetry in general, and has been a guest editor for the renowned ''Ploughshares'' literary magazine?
* ImGoingToHellForThis: A bit on ''No Cure For Cancer''. He's glad Jesus died when he did, because otherwise he would have ended up like Elvis in his 40s. He then performs an extended Jesus-as-Elvis impression, followed by:
-->"I'm going to hell for that bit. ''[[TakingYouWithMe And you're all]] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou coming with me!]].''"
* IrishDrinkingSong: "Traditional Irish Folk Song"
* {{Jerkass}}: How many people view him, and the song "Asshole" is pretty much a celebration of Jerkasses and his stand-up persona in general. Of course, it's part of his act. See below.
* JerkassHasAPoint: This seems to be his default setting. No matter how crude his stand up routine is. No matter how much we call him an asshole. Much of his snark has truth to it.
* LifeImitatesArt: In one comedy routine, he talked about writing a book: ''Shut The Fuck Up'' by Dr. Denis Leary. Well, he's written a book, and while it's got a different title (''Why We Suck''), the fact that he has an honorary D.F.A. from Emerson College allows him to credit himself as Dr. Denis Leary.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During ''No Cure for Cancer'' he relates a story about how his father [[http://youtu.be/wt-rz6jmmbE nearly severed his thumb with a circular saw]] and just said he needed some electrical tape. He also wouldn't let his wife drive him to the hospital.
-->He would not let my mother drive him to the hospital; that was too much of a threat to his masculinity to be seen riding in a car driven by a woman. So he taped up the thumb with black electrical tape, and drove himself minus one thumb to the hospital. I turned to my brother and said "Hey pal, forget about crying, okay? Crying is over. We're never gonna be able to cry about anything ever, okay? Our father figure is a man who could sever his own head with a chainsaw and he'd staple gun it back on ''(staple sound effects)'' 'Fuckin head came off!' ''(staple sound effects)''"
** He goes on to say that one time, when he was visiting, his dad accidentally shot a nail through his hand with a nail gun. His reaction? ''[[{{Badass}} Pull it out with his teeth.]]''
* MeanCharacterNiceActor Don't let his abrasive stand-up persona fool you. Plus, [[http://www.learyfirefighters.org/ he started an organization for firefighters and their families.]] He's pretty much a nice, goodhearted guy who loves pretending to be a bastard.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Replacing the letter "r" with an "a" and replacing the "-a" at the end of words with an "-er" is incredibly noticeable.
* RaisedCatholic: Though he admits that during a scene in ''Rescue Me'' where his character had to recite the Hail Mary prayer he couldn't remember it, though he's able to list the starting lineup of the 1967 Boston Red Sox off the top of his head[[note]]"Russ Gibson at catcher. First base is George Scott. Second base is Mike Andrews. Shortstop is Rico Petrocelli. Third base was Joe Foy. Left field was Carl Yastrzemski. Center field was Reggie Smith. Right field was Tony Conigliaro, and, when he got hurt, Dalton Jones. And that's sad."[[/note]]
* TheRoast: He was the first to be roasted by Creator/ComedyCentral and their counterpart to the New York Friar's Club Roast.
* RunningGag: Almost any time he brings up his late father, expect wood paneling to be brought up, since Mr. Leary was so fond of putting up wood paneling that he even had it on his car. Also, in his stand-up comedy acts, he often briefly references things that he's said [[BrickJoke earlier in the show.]]
* SelfDeprecation: From his song "Kiss My A$$":
-->'''Denis Leary''': "Kiss my skinny, Irish, ''Emmy-losing'' ass!"
* {{Southies}}: Though he's actually from Worcester, which depending on who you ask is either central or western Massachusetts.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's De''n''is, with one N.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: TropeNamer.
* TwoWordsObviousTrope: His Creator/{{MTV}} promos.
* {{Understatement}}: In one routine, he spends the first thirty seconds or so energetically puffing on his cigarette, gasping and wheezing several times, until he is half-obscured by a cloud of blue smoke. His summary?
-->'''Denis Leary''': "[[CaptainObvious ...I smoke.]]"
* VerbalTic: Okay?
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1st Nov '13 11:01:44 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** JerkassHasAPoint: This seems to be his default setting. No matter how crude his stand up routine is. No matter how much we call him an asshole. Much of his snark has truth to it.

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** * JerkassHasAPoint: This seems to be his default setting. No matter how crude his stand up routine is. No matter how much we call him an asshole. Much of his snark has truth to it.
1st Nov '13 10:45:59 AM MrBadAxe
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* AnnoyingArrows: In ''No Cure For Cancer'' he relates a story about how when he was a kid, his brother and brother's friend once shot him in the head with an arrow. The two of them then proceeded to run away and Denis' father actually ''pulled the arrow out'' before taking him to the hospital at the insistence of his mother.

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* AnnoyingArrows: In ''No Cure For Cancer'' he relates a story (retold in ''Why We Suck'') about how when he was a kid, his brother and brother's friend once shot him in the head with an arrow. The two of them then proceeded to run away and Denis' father actually ''pulled the arrow out'' before taking him to the hospital at the insistence of his mother.
14th Sep '13 2:20:00 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* ExactWords / LaserGuidedKarma: After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJ-8R4ghXU a bumper for an award show]] done in the style of a Master Card commercial showed various Red Sox fans saying what they would give for a Sox championship. It then comes to Leary...who is told he said he would give his left nut to see it happen. After a few moments of denial, he goes, "Huh...that ''does'' sound like something I would say, doesn't it?" while another guy holds up what appears to be a pair of hedge clippers. The end of the spot featured half of the Master Card logo[[note]]which if you don't know is shaped like two balls[[/note]] falling away while Leary's voice exclaims "[[GroinAttack Ow! You bastards!]]"

to:

* ExactWords / LaserGuidedKarma: After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJ-8R4ghXU a bumper for an award show]] done in the style of a Master Card [=MasterCard=] "Priceless" commercial showed various Red Sox fans saying what they would give for a Sox championship. It then comes to Leary...Leary, who is told he said he would give his left nut to see it happen. After a few moments of denial, he goes, "Huh... that ''does'' sound like something I would say, doesn't it?" while another guy holds up what appears to be a pair of hedge clippers. The end of the spot featured half of (a fake version of) the Master Card [=MasterCard=] logo[[note]]which if you don't know is shaped like two balls[[/note]] falling away while Leary's voice exclaims "[[GroinAttack Ow! You bastards!]]"



* MeanCharacterNiceActor Don't let his abrasive stand-up persona fool you. Plus, [[http://www.learyfirefighters.org/ he started an organization for firefighters and their families]]. He's pretty much a nice, goodhearted guy who loves pretending to be a bastard.

to:

* MeanCharacterNiceActor Don't let his abrasive stand-up persona fool you. Plus, [[http://www.learyfirefighters.org/ he started an organization for firefighters and their families]]. families.]] He's pretty much a nice, goodhearted guy who loves pretending to be a bastard.



* TheRoast: He was the first to be roasted by ComedyCentral and their counterpart to the New York Friar's Club Roast.

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* TheRoast: He was the first to be roasted by ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral and their counterpart to the New York Friar's Club Roast.



* SelfDeprecation: From his new song "Kiss My A$$":
-->'''Denis Leary:''' Kiss my skinny, Irish, ''Emmy-losing'' ass!

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* SelfDeprecation: From his new song "Kiss My A$$":
-->'''Denis Leary:''' Kiss Leary''': "Kiss my skinny, Irish, ''Emmy-losing'' ass!ass!"



* TwoWordsObviousTrope: His {{MTV}} promos.

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* TwoWordsObviousTrope: His {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} promos.



-->'''Denis Leary:''' [[CaptainObvious ...I smoke.]]

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-->'''Denis Leary:''' [[CaptainObvious ...Leary''': "[[CaptainObvious ...I smoke.]]]]"
24th Aug '13 12:17:55 PM Katsuhagi
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* {{Southies}}

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* {{Southies}}{{Southies}}: Though he's actually from Worcester, which depending on who you ask is either central or western Massachusetts.
31st Jul '13 9:30:52 AM DriftingSkies
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* RaisedCatholic: Though he admits that during a scene in ''Rescue Me'' where his character had to recite the Hail Mary prayer he couldn't remember it, though he's able to list the starting lineup of the 1967 Boston Red Sox off the top of his head[[hottip:*:"Russ Gibson at catcher. First base is George Scott. Second base is Mike Andrews. Shortstop is Rico Petrocelli. Third base was Joe Foy. Left field was Carl Yastrzemski. Center field was Reggie Smith. Right field was Tony Conigliaro, and, when he got hurt, Dalton Jones. And that's sad."]]

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* RaisedCatholic: Though he admits that during a scene in ''Rescue Me'' where his character had to recite the Hail Mary prayer he couldn't remember it, though he's able to list the starting lineup of the 1967 Boston Red Sox off the top of his head[[hottip:*:"Russ head[[note]]"Russ Gibson at catcher. First base is George Scott. Second base is Mike Andrews. Shortstop is Rico Petrocelli. Third base was Joe Foy. Left field was Carl Yastrzemski. Center field was Reggie Smith. Right field was Tony Conigliaro, and, when he got hurt, Dalton Jones. And that's sad."]]"[[/note]]
19th Jul '13 9:35:11 AM STFilmmaker
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** JerkassHasAPoint: This seems to be his default setting. No matter how crude his stand up routine is. No matter how much we call him an asshole. Much of his snark has truth to it.
24th Jun '13 10:26:11 AM JohnnyLurg
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* IrishDrinkingSong: "Traditional Irish Folk Song"
17th May '13 7:17:27 PM MikuruFan
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* RefugeInAudacity: Frequently.
17th Apr '13 11:32:21 PM Tuckerscreator
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* {{Eagleland}}: ''Why We Suck''

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* {{Eagleland}}: ''Why We Suck''Suck''.



* GrowingUpSucks: ''Life's Gonna Suck''

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* GrowingUpSucks: ''Life's Gonna Suck''Suck''.



* JerkAss: How many people view him, and the song "Asshole" is pretty much a celebration of {{Jerkass}}es and his stand-up persona in general. Of course, it's part of his act. See below.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: How many people view him, and the song "Asshole" is pretty much a celebration of {{Jerkass}}es Jerkasses and his stand-up persona in general. Of course, it's part of his act. See below.



** He goes on to say that one time, when he was visiting, his dad accidentally shot a nail through his hand with a nail gun. His reaction? ''[[BadAss Pull it out with his teeth.]]''

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** He goes on to say that one time, when he was visiting, his dad accidentally shot a nail through his hand with a nail gun. His reaction? ''[[BadAss ''[[{{Badass}} Pull it out with his teeth.]]''
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