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Roy D. Mercer

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Voiced by  Brent Douglas
Occupation  Prank caller
Creator  Brent Douglas
Gender  Male
Nationality  American
Roy D. Mercer wearing white cap, black shades, black jacket and white long sleeves
Created by  Brent Douglas, Phil Stone
First appearance  How Big 'a Boy Are Ya? Vol. 1

Similar  Papa Lazarou, Julian and Sandy, The Pin (comedy act)

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Roy D. Mercer is a fictional character created by disc jockeys Brent Douglas and Phil Stone on radio station KMOD-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brent Douglas, who performs Mercer's voice, uses the character as a vehicle for comedy sketches in which he performs prank calls. Twelve Roy D. Mercer albums have been released, all on Capitol Records Nashville or Virgin Records Nashville.

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A man with mustache wearing police cap, eyeglasses and black jacket

History

Roy D. Mercer - How Big 'A Boy Are Ya? Volume 1

Brent Douglas and Phil Stone, disc jockeys on KMOD-FM, a rock radio station, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, created the Roy D. Mercer character in 1993. Initially, they used the character on comedy sketches for the radio station. Originally, the prank call sketches were a part of KMOD's morning show. By 1997, Capitol Records Nashville began issuing the sketches on compact disc. Twelve Roy D. Mercer compilation albums have been released on the Capitol and Virgin Records labels. A Virgin Records Nashville executive noted that Mercer's early albums managed to sell between 250,000 and 300,000 copies, primarily due to word of mouth, without any promotion to consumers or radio airplay of the album tracks.

Phil Stone smiling and wearing beige cap and black printed shirt while the woman beside him smiling and wearing black printed shirt

In most of the sketches, Mercer will demand that the recipient of a call pay him money for some incident, and if the recipient refuses, he will threaten them with violence (usually an "ass-whuppin'"). Mercer has been described as speaking with "a mushy-mouthed Southern drawl" and his style of comedy has been described as "not exactly obscene ... [but] border[ing] on offensive". Many of the recipients of the calls are suggested by their friends who supply Mercer with information about the potential recipients.

The Roy D. Mercer Collection of phone pranks

On October 12, 2012, the Phil and Brent Show ended its 27-year run with KMOD-FM radio. Phil Stone died on November 21, 2012, 40 days after the radio show ended, from causes related to heart disease at the age of 57.

John Bean's "Leroy Mercer" character of the 1980s

Phillip "Phil Stone" Riddle was born on July 30, 1955 and died on November 21, 2012

Many claim that Roy D. Mercer was inspired by "Leroy Mercer," a character created in Tennessee by Knoxville resident John Bean, who made prank calls circulated by hand-to-hand tape exchange in the early 1980s. Leroy Mercer, voiced by John Bean, also called individuals and businesses threatening an "ass-whuppin". There are many parallels and similarities to the calls, with Roy D. Mercer using many of the former Leroy Mercer's lines. John Bean died from cancer in his early 30's in 1984; Stone and Douglas said that they originally invented their Roy D. Mercer character in 1990 before his official creation in 1993, and that the name was coincidental.

The logo of Roy D. Mercer Super Whup-Ass Store

References

Roy D. Mercer Wikipedia


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