“one man comedy rock band”

Comedy rock band, Throwing Toasters combines the hilarious songwriting of Tenacious D with the onstage energy of Barenaked Ladies.  The only difference is that all their songs are clean there is only one band member, Grant Baciocco.  The rest of the members of seem to be figments of Grant’s imagination.  This does not seem to deter this one man Comedy Rock show from being a side splittingly funny and super high energy affair.

Grant cites “Weird Al” Yankovic as being the one who started him down the road of comedy music.  “I think Al’s Eat It! was the first real comedy song I remember hearing.  I loved that he was making fun of what was popular at the time.”  It would be the Comedy music DJ, Dr. Demento, though who would open his eyes to all comedy music has to offer. “Because of Dr. Demento, I started listening to The Smothers Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Bob Newhart and my hero Stan Freberg.  These guys all proved that you can be funny without being dirty.”  Baciocco carries this tradition forward by writing original comedy songs that try to go for real laughs, without vulgarity.

Grant started out writing song parodies like that of “Weird Al” in Junior High and High School in Northern California.  After graduating with a degree in Theater from Long Beach State University in California, Grant taught himself how to play guitar and started writing all original songs about daily observations; lines at A.T.M. machines, people who give away the endings of movies and the legal side of Nursery Rhymes.

Even though Grant will swear up and down that there are other members of Throwing Toasters, no one has ever seen them.  Grant always takes the stage alone with his guitar and has some excuse as to why the rest of the members couldn’t make it.  He still plays and sings his heart out and by the end of the hour long Throwing Toasters show, audiences have laughed so hard they don’t even care if the other members of the band actually exist or not!

Throwing Toasters has toured Colleges and clubs all over the United States and played at the Tokyo Dome in Japan helping to open the 2003/2004 NFL season.  In 2007, Throwing Toasters opened for”Weird Al” Yankovic on his STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD tour.  Currently available for college, corporate and comedy club bookings, Throwing Toasters is a unique and refreshingly clean “one man comedy rock band” that will give audiences an evening they will not soon forget!

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  1. Craig:

    Grant – Found you when I typed “Tom Lehrer” into iTunes and passed thru Freakin’ Funny Music and the Mad Music Hour. My kids adore your other podcast project (okay, I think it rocks too). I’m at a loss for why there is no link in the right to the Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd. Are you not quite as ‘clean’ as you need to be to make that association?

    -Craig Contardi and family

  2. admin:

    Thanks for dropping by Craig (and being the first comment)! The reason there’s no link on the side is that I simply never got around to it. :) I should make a ‘side projects’ list I reckon. I actually don’t mind links going TO Dr. Floyd from here, but would probably not link from Dr. Floyd back here, because of the whole ‘clean’ thing. Anyway, thanks for listening to it all. :)

    – Grant

  3. David Lee:

    Hey Grant my best friend Eric Tovar texted me telling me to go to YouTube and watch the “RA Song” (ironically the clip was from Atlanta and I live in Georgia now) and asked what we did to you when you were my RA at Parkside Commons. Of course my wife was a smart aleck and asked if I was involved in gluing your door shut or filling your room with Jell-o. LOL!!! I still remember when you brought Dr. Dememto to the dining hall and I have the group picture displayed in the guest room.

    I can’t wait to take my wife to one of your concerts. Nice job following through on what you always said you were going to do when we were in college.

  4. JEN NASH:

    Hey, just wanted to say hello and wish you a wonderful holiday season. Hope you get to make it home to see your family! Happy Thanksgiving Grant! Miss ya!

  5. JEN NASH:

    Just saw David’s comment above me and it made me smile. (First of all, it was a seriously old name from the past…and Eric’s too) It made me think about all of those great stories from Parkside that I think made college so crazy and so much fun. I pulled out the old pics of P building at xmas my first year as RA and laughed. We had some good times! Crazy, but I wouldn’t change a thing except that one horrible day… and even then I thank God that it was you who was there for me. You’ll never know how much that changed my life to have you there. I am thankful to have you as my friend even when you are so far away. I hope life is treating you well. It’s always so nice to see you when I get a chance to catch your show.

  6. Kyle (from old Sonoma Blue):

    Hey you! It’s fabulous to see that you are still singing and that the band’s still together! I’ll be watching for a show near me so that some of my freinds can see what I’ve been talking about for years. I also need to get a few more ablums it looks like, as my copy of ‘Alvin’ gets a lot of play. Congratulations! Kyle from Sonoma Blue

  7. Nick Bacciocco:

    Hey there umm we share the same last name and that will always spark my curiosity. How do you pronounce it. You have one less C buts thats because for some reason my side added a c when they came over from Italy. My family is originally from the bay area so I wonder if we are related. Well lets face it our last name isnt common we must be. Who is your great grandfather? Anyways its cool just to see other Bacciocco’s, keep up your career and good luck hope you make it big.