Reep: Champion of 'Metro Jethro'
Jon Reep wears his redneck roots on his sleeve.
Yes, the guy wears shirts with sleeves.
With his DVD “Metro Jethro,” the ginger-haired comic from Hickory, N.C., is reaping the rewards of the redneck renaissance that has vaulted reality shows like “Duck Dynasty” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” to a mainstream audience.
He coined “Metro Jethro” after moving to Los Angeles and dealing with the culture shock. In the song of the same name, he talks about liking his martinis made with moonshine.
“It's not just one type of Metro Jethro,” he says. “There are famous ones, athletes, musicians. Steve Martin, to me, is a Metro Jethro. He loves art and wears a white suit, but he also plays the banjo.”
Reep performs Thursday through Saturday at the Pittsburgh Improv. Chances are, he'll talk about living in Los Angeles and dealing with the reaction of the beautiful people to his pronounced Smoky Mountains twang.
“They think you're an idiot and they think you're racist,” he says. “When you live out here in L.A., it's impossible to be a racist, because you'd be exhausted.”
Reep has made darn sure that his career didn't peak when he won season five of “Last Comic Standing” on NBC. His first significant acting role came when he played a scruffy rube in a series of Dodge truck commercials. The “Hemi Guy” also had a recurring role as cop Gerald Bob in the ABC sitcom “Rodney.” He'll be featured in “Black Sky,” an upcoming action-thriller from New Line Cinema. Reep says the film uses the “found footage” format to document the devastation to a small town by a series of tornadoes. A The film is set for release next year.
Reep will host his own reality television show beginning in February: “Are You Faster Than a Redneck” .
Reep also co-hosts a popular podcast with fellow comedian John Heffron on www.heffronandreep.com.
William Loeffler is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-320-7986.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins lose hard-fought game to Blue Jackets in overtime
- Unsung backups provide boost for Steelers defensive line
- Police: 3 killed, 9 wounded in attack at Colorado Planned Parenthood
- Town Talk: South Fayette couple welcomes a boy to the family
- Clairton among greatest WPIAL dynasties; Aliquippa, South Fayette close
- Gilbert, son of ex-Pitt football standout, commits to Panthers
- Former Pirates pitcher Happ agrees to $36 million, 3-year deal with Blue Jays
- Body found in Allegheny River in Harrison
- Plum boys basketball seeks section 3-peat
- Plum girls basketball team looking to take next step
- South Allegheny boys seeking bounce-back season