Creator: Neil Hamburger
Stand-Up persona of Australian musician Gregg Turkington. One of the pioneers of Anti-Humor, you can compare him best to the foul mouthed audience insulting persona Tony Clifton done by Andy Kaufman. Anti-comedy relies on people doing unfunny things to funny effect, Hamburger employs outdated ex-wife and "Why did the chicken cross the road?" jokes with abysmal timing.Something of a regular on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Tim & Eric were thinking of making a Game Show parody starring him called The New Big Ball, but the project was kiboshed by the [adult swim] execs. The pilot episode is available here.
His act includes examples of:
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Regularly insults his audience.
- Black Comedy Rape
- Blatant Lies: He follows up many of his jokes with, "that was in the news," or "I stole that joke from [celebrity]."
- Catch Phrase: "...But thaaaaaaaaat's my life!" among others.
- Not so much a catch phrase, but he's recently taken to whimpering like a dog when a joke doesn't go over well.
- In Name Only: Great Phone Calls is an album of Prank Calls made by Gregg Turkington, but was re-released as a Neil Hamburger album. This was where the character of Neil Hamburger originated, but that's just one of several personae that Turkington adopts throughout the album.
- Overly Long Gag: One of his more (in)famous bits involves asking the audience for three or four minutes straight why Courtney Love won't be having any cranberry sauce with her Christmas dinner this year.
- This has recently evolved into an overly long series of Incredibly Lame Pun knock-knock jokes seriously lamenting the death of Whitney Houston.
- Pungeon Master: He has a lot of deliberately bad and/or overly-contrived puns in his repertoire.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The reason Courtney Love will not be having any cranberry sauce with her Christmas dinner this year. It turns out it's because she won't even be eating Christmas dinner this year. She won't even be celebrating the holiday at all. By then, she will have died of a heroin overdose.
- So Unfunny It's Funny
- Something Completely Different: Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners, an in-character foray into country music - it's still very much a comedy album, but the fact that it's musical comedy instead of standup is unusual. There were also two novelty songs on Laugh Out Lord, which was otherwise a stand-up album, but those were in a totally different style from Country Winners - they were deliberately cheap-sounding Synth Pop collaborations with Derrick Bostrom, rather than country songs with a full backup band.