Donzilla Don Tjernagel
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Donzilla Don Tjernagel

Waterloo, Iowa, United States

Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Band Comedy Spoken Word


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"Don Tjernagel named twice"

The Nasty Show is always a sell-out at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. There is certainly a market out there for stand-up comics who do not play it mom and pop safe and instead push the envelope of good taste, swear a lot not just to punch up some weak material, are, to put it mildly, edgy. In fact, some of the more topical stand-up comedy out there is usually done by comics who work blue. Here, is our list of the top ten dirty comedy CD or DVDs by comics who go beyond the pale, true dirty comedy, in no particular order except the number one spotDon Tjernagel - All American Jester: I love Don Tjernagel. This guy is a wickedly smart comic. If you think you have a strong stomach for controversial material Tjernagel is the peptic ulcer that will prove you wrong. Next to him Lisa Lampanelli, granted a totally different kind of dirty joke teller, is a virgin nun. Any of the 5 or so Tjernagel CDs is solid so I chose All American Jester because it is the first in alphabetical order. -


Forbidden Comedy of the Don (2000)
All-American Jester (2001)
Donzilla (2002)
Prick Vol. 1 (2005)
Prick Vol. 2 (2006)
Prick Vol. 3 (2007)
Virginia Tech (2008)
Smut DVD (2008)
After Hours DVD (2009)
X-Rated DVD (2009)
Catharsis DVD(2010)



Don Tjernagel received the nickname “Donzilla” while filming for Comedy Central in Phoenix, AZ. You see, Donzilla is a big man. The director said that it looked like “Donzilla was going to destroy Phoenix when he came on camera!”

Don Tjernagel moved to Las Vegas after suffering a serious injury during spring football practice at the University of Northern Iowa. He finished his degree at the cheapest school he could find. On a whim one night in 1997, Donzilla tried stand-up comedy for the first time. He really just wanted to get a free Latté at the coffee house open mic night.

Donzilla was quickly a hit with the locals, and he was asked to perform a lounge show in the Casino Royale Volcano Lounge. They call it the Volcano Lounge because it was directly across the street from the Mirage. You could have a drink and have a perfect view of the volcano erupting.