Roy Zimmerman writes fiercely funny songs about ignorance, war and greed. In eleven albums over twenty years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice.
He founded and wrote all the material for the comedy folk quartet The Foremen, who recorded for Warner/Reprise Records in the 1990s, and he’s released six solo albums since, all original topical songs played regularly on Air America, NPR, and Sirius Radio. His YouTube videos have garnered over two million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent.
Roy performs his song, “Ted Haggard Is Completely Heterosexual” in Alexandra Pelosi's HBO documentary “The Trials of Ted Haggard.” Annabelle Gurwitch's Showtime documentary “Fired!” features Roy’s performance of his song, “I’m Fired.” Roy's song "Buddy, Can You Spare a Trillion Dollars?" was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.
There's a decidedly Lefty slant to Roy's lyrics. "We used to have a name for Right Wing satire," he says. "We called it 'cruelty.'"
In 2008, Roy made a “campaign p romise” to perform in all fifty states and discovered hotbeds of Progressive action all over the real Real America. This year, Roy is doing it again, but this time he's inviting everyone to join the discussion by creating “Live From the Starving Ear” on YouTube. It's a virtual folk club, comedy stage and global town hall in the grand tradition of San Francisco’s hungry i. You can follow Roy's travels on his YouTube channel.
The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer."
Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'"
Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”
Zimmerman lives in Marin County with his wife, children's author Melanie Harby and their two sons, Joe and Sam.