Champagne Jerry Neal Medlyn is a musician and artist whose work straddles the line between performance art, comedy, and music. His most well-known work is his seven show Pop Star Series and Champagne Jerry, the subsequent iteration of his work with popular music. He was named one of the top ten performers in New York by Time Out New York.
His work as Champagne Jerry has appeared at Joe’s Pub, BAM, New York Live Arts and on tour in various music venues, art galleries and Walmart parking lots as well as online. His album “For Real, You Guys” debuted in 2014 and his latest album “The Champagne Room” debuted in 2016. His albums feature collaborations with Max Tannone, Adam Ad-Rock Horovitz, Bridget Everett, Kathleen Hanna and others. Champagne Jerry was the musical guest on “The Chris Gethard Show” on Fusion TV. His touring stage show was named the best show in Chicago in 2016.
The Pop Star Series works have been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, PS122, the Chocolate Factory and others as well as in various festivals and theaters around the U.S. and abroad such as American Realness, the TBA Festival, the Live Art Festival at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany and others. The Pop Star Series was also made into a book published by 53rd State Press. Other work of his has been presented by the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Andy Warhol Museum and he has received support from Creative Capital, NYFA and others.
He appeared in Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder on Comedy Central and co-stars in a web series called People Are Detectives with Carmine Covelli and the Grossmalerman sitcom by artist Guy Richards Smit, directed by Joshua White. He was the co-creator and co-host of the popular monthly show Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub for five years. His Beyonce concert re-enactment premiered at The New Museum and toured the US and Canada. His Kanye West show was seen and praised by Mr. West himself.
One of “New York City’s Top Ten Downtown Cabaret Performers,” “he keeps weirdness alive.” -- Time Out New York
"Medlyn deals in theatrical miracles. He transforms the stuff of our celebrity- obsessed, media-saturated world into impossibly beautiful, absurdist happenings....He's amazing." – WNYC, All Things Considered
Photographer: Paula Court