Tourettes Without Regrets Once called a “verbal Ghenghis Kahn…the red-haired lovechild of a crack-crazed Richard Pryor and Alex from A Clockwork Orange”, JAMIE DEWOLF is a slam poet, stand up comedian, teaching artist and filmmaker from Oakland, CA.
After being banned from local open mics in his hometowns of Benicia and Vallejo for his raw subject matter, vaudevillian theatrics and dark humor, he created Tourettes Without Regrets in 1999 out of revenge, to showcase the cutting edge of undeground performance. Since then, the show has become the longest running freestyle battle and the largest slam on the West Coast. It was awarded the “Best of the Bay” by the SF Guardian and continues every first thursday of the month in Oakland, CA.
Since his first slam in 1999, DeWolf (formerly known as Jamie Kennedy) won his way onto seven slam teams every year he’s competed and has since become a National Poetry Slam Champion, the Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, a YouthSpeaks Mentor, a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and has performed and lead writing workshops at over 90 universities, high schools and juvies across the U.S, to Moscow, Russia and San Quentin Penitentiary. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, UPN and NPR.
As a member of The Suicide Kings performance trio (with Geoff Trenchard and Rupert Estanislao), they’ve toured the country with acts as diverse as Sage Francis and The Dwarves and in 2006 were the recipients of the National Performance Network Creation Commission to write “In Spite of Everything”, described as ”a poignant, chilling knockout of a play…that beautifully incorporates their visceral verse into the brutal narrative to a school shooting.” The play premiered at the Hip Hop Theater Festival in 2007 and was chosen as one of the “top ten” plays of the year by East Bay Express the same year.
As the great grandson of the cult of Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, he remains a vocal critic of the cult on national radio, and was the host of the first anti-Scientology summit in Clearwater, Florida, widely considered to be the “Mecca” for the Church.
As a film-maker, he’s the writer and director of the shorts Safe, Chasing Charlamagne, Hickman Homes: Certified Beasts, and is currently finishing Ricochet in Reverse, a short invoking Columbine going backwards, and his full length feature film SMOKED, a dark comedy crime caper revolving around a cannabis club robbery starring the Suicide Kings, made in conjunction with M.O.S.S Productions. He’s finishing an album and has begun work on his next two screenplays. He lives in Oakland, CA.
MODERN DAY VAUDEVILLIAN
HIS BLOODY VALENTINE
HEY, LET’S PUT ON A CRIME CAPER
MOST ENTERTAININGEST PERSON
SCIENTOLOGY CHASE DOWN DEWOLF
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMIE
The Suicide Kings Born in the lyrical brawls of the world of poetry slams, THE SUICIDE KINGS are a spoken word triple threat power house comprised of Geoff Trenchard, Jamie DeWolf, and Rupert Estanislao. Their work has been called “thunderous” and “eerily eloquent” by the East Bay Express. Collectively, they are known for their explosive live performances combining gritty punk rock theatrics, a cappella hip-hop and vaudeville comedy into what the SF Chronicle has described as a “high octane mix of the profane and the profound.” Their hard-hitting work has been featured on two seasons of Russell Simmon’s HBO Def Poetry Jam, UPN, 60 Minutes and radio stations from the Mid-West to the Philippines . A poem by the Kings has been turned into an acclaimed short film entitled “The Question”, directed by Ramsel Cruz, and is currently playing in film festivals nationwide.
They’ve performed and lead writing workshops at over seventy universities and high schools including Stanford University , Cal Poly, San Francisco State University , University of Minnesota and U.C Berkeley. They were main stage performers at the NACA College Conference and APCA College Conference their first year of application. They continue to develop curriculum and mentor young writers as artists in residence with Youth Speaks and Opera Piccolo. The Kings also facilitate workshops and host slams for the inmates in San Quentin Penitentiary and create feature length performances with the students from the Youth Empowerment School in Oakland .
As individual slam poets, share between them three Western Regional Slam Championships, three Grand Slam Championships, and have won their way onto slam teams ever year they’ve competed since 1999. The Kings collectively host “Tourettes Without Regrets”, the largest ongoing variety show in Oakland featuring a poetry slam, a freestyle battle, vaudeville antics and freak show performers. The show was awarded “Best of the Bay” by the SF Guardian in 2003.
The Suicide Kings have recently finished their first play, “In Spite of Everything”. It’s chillingly plausible scenario centers around the aftermath of a school shooting that the Kings may or may not have encouraged with their workshop. It was awarded creation commissions from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the City of Oakland , the Hip Hop Theater Festival and the National Performance Network. Advance reviews have called it, “a knockout…that beautifully incorporates their visceral verse into the brutal narrative…remarkably effective…” by the East Bay Express. The play opens nation-wide in 2007.
The Suicide Kings are widely renowned for their dedication to their craft and breath taking live shows that redefine spoken word, comedy and hip hop theater that prompted Stanford Radio to call them “the tattooed knuckles under the velvet glove of American poetry.”