James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance. Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.
As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.
He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix).
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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Originally Posted June 13, 2011
Having missed the original airing of NORM MACDONALD's ME DOING STANDUPearlier this spring, I was happy to find a copy of it's audio companion sitting in my mailbox recently. Out this week on both CD and an extended DVD (featuring 30-minutes of unaired material), via Comedy Central Records, the 10-track set is a perfect collection of the comedian doing what he does best.
Originally Posted April 29, 2011
The great Metal Label Comedy Wars of 2011 have begun, and first out of the gate is METAL BLADE RECORDS with the release of LIVE AND HILARIOUS by DON JAMIESON. Indeed, the co-host of VH1 Classic's THAT METAL SHOW is now signed to the same label as Gwar, Amon Amarth, and King Diamond. Now, before I go any further I need to get through the part that will have Jamieson's fans labeling me as a "hater," an "asshole," or a "fuckhead" - I don't think THAT METAL SHOW is very good. Good concept with sub-par execution, just like 90% of the shit on television. Not particularly funny, nor engaging. Maybe that's why it's on VH1 "classic," a fact poked fun of by Jamieson himself on this very album - "It's easier to find an Asian guys p*nis than find our channel," he states. Hence, while we occasionally share news of which guests are appearing on THAT METAL SHOW, I seldom ever actually watch it. I tried to DVR it once, and the damn machine even prompted to ask me "Are you sure?" I chose "no." (addendum: a year after posting this review, the show has grown on me - I really like it)
Originally Published March 21, 2011
For those that caught the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump last week, many were wondering just who the hell ANTHONY JESELNIK was when he was first introduced as one of the comics on the dais. After a devastating performance that included a slam on JERSEY SHORE "star" Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino" having AIDS, one thing was made crystal clear: Anthony Jeselnik is one funny motherf'r.
Note: This was originally published on another site back on March 5, 2011. It would quickly become that site's most popular article, and one heavily trolled in the comments section. While it is archived here, troll comments are subject to removal.
Upon popping in HAPPY THOUGHTS, the third comedy album from DANIEL TOSH, I came to a realization... I have never watched an episode of TOSH.0. Sure, I've seen the commercials, but for being one of the "most watched" programs on Comedy Central, I have yet to come across a single person that actually watches it.
Originally Published February 11, 2011
It's been a long road for LOUIS C.K. to bring HILARIOUS to the masses. The audio version of a concert film that made it's debut at the Sundance Film Festival last year, the album was released last month following an airing of the film on Comedy Central. In all honesty, I'd never really dug much of what I'd seen from Louis in the past (television), but HILARIOUS has changed that - opening my ears to what so many others had been enjoying.
Originally Published December 5, 2010
Last month, comedian DANE COOK hit the road for an arena tour (which wrapped up last night in Reno) in support of his new double-disc set, I DID MY BEST - GREATEST HITS. Having sold millions of albums over the past seven years since his debut with HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED, it's actually hard to believe that Cook has only released five proper full-length records. Along with numerous specials, the HBO series TOURGASM, and building a hefty acting resume that spans over a decade's worth of work, it seems the general public might have hit "Dane overload" a couple of years ago. Although he's been working steadily, it almost seemed that his comedic spotlight had shut off, and there's a lot of people that probably appreciated that - because you either really dig Dane Cook, or you really loathe Dane Cook.