Wondering if Roadrunner’s takeover by Warner Music Group would result in a watered down version of the label? You can rest your fears, as the label has launched their own comedy imprint, Roadrunner Comedy, and signed comedian Doug Stanhope. Having heard Stanhope’s standup before, Metal Insider can confirm the comedian is definitely not for the faint hearted. He’s brutally honest with his standup – for example, read this blog post about his drug use and how it pertains to late comedian Greg Giraldo. Calling the label a “line of comedy for people who hate stand up comedy,” Stanhope discusses his reasoning behind signing with Roadrunner in the above clip, also taking time to make fun of label-mates Ratt and Meatloaf. Stanhope’s first release for the new label will be in 2011. This isn’t the first time Roadrunner’s dabbled in comedy – they also signed Coal Chamber in the ’90s.
“We are very excited to launch Roadrunner Comedy, yet another innovative iteration of the Roadrunner brand,” Roadrunner CEO Cees Wessels said in a statement. ” We look forward to welcoming a variety of like-minded comedians to the Roadrunner family—new artists with dynamic talents—that will be making us laugh for years to come.”