At once both observational and bitingly sardonic, and deemed the 'Godfather of Punk Rock Comedy' by 'Chicago Now', JT Habersaat created the groundbreaking DIY juggernaut The Altercation Comedy Tour in 2007, which he headlined for over a decade. Recently named one of the Interrobang's 'Next Big Thing Comics', JT's newest one-hour comedy special 'Swamp Beast' was released on 800 Pound Gorilla Records / Warner Music Group, where it hit #1 on the Bestselling Amazon Comedy Charts upon release.
An ever-present road dog often teamed with comedy legend and 'Bitter Buddha' Eddie Pepitone, JT has consistently performed at legendary venues such as The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, City Winery NYC, Lincoln Lodge Chicago and Dynasty Typewriter LA. His material can be heard worldwide in consistent rotation on platforms such as Today's Comedy Radio and XM Sirius.
JT has released a trio of albums on the Grammy-winning imprint Stand Up! Records, has appeared on Comedy Central's sketch program 'The Upright Citizen's Brigade', and acted in the cult Troma Films hit 'Toxic Avenger 4'. JT has also toured as direct support for numerous punk and metal bands, including Off With Their Heads, Riverboat Gamblers, The Sword and The Dwarves. He is one of only a handful of comedians, including Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo, to have shared the spoken word stage with Henry Rollins.
JT curates the annual Altercation Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas, currently entering its 9th year and recently hailed by New York Magazine's Vulture.com as one of their 'Top Comedy Festivals in the World'. During 2020 he hosted two seasons of the twice-monthly livestream talk show 'The Road Live' for the Next Week Rocks digital platform, which featured a variety of guests such as Brian Posehn, Lydia Lunch, The Black Angels, Tom Rhodes, Joanna Angel, David Yow, Kyle Kinane, Chad Daniels and dozens more.
JT is a frequent national festival headliner, having in recent years appeared on Pouzza Fest Montreal, Akumal Comedy Festival Mexico, Bird City Comedy Fest Arizona, The Fest Florida, Punk Rock Bowling Fest Las Vegas, Fun Fun Fun Fest Texas, and he was one of a handful of comics to perform on the nation-spanning Vans' Warped Tour. A prolific writer, Habersaat's most recent novel 'Killing For A Living' was released to much critical acclaim, and he is also the author of 'The Altercation Archives'. He is currently working on a new novel in 2024.
When not on tour, JT creates one-off custom action figure art pieces under the banner JT Customs. His work recently appeared at a Stephen King-themed showing of the Los Angeles-based Sugarmynt Gallery, and JT's art currently resides in the hands of such noted talent as Patton Oswalt, David Lynch, Jim Jefferies, Raymond Pettibon and many more. In 2023, JT was comissioned by SXSW to create the offical Roast Battle Championship trophy and action figure.
JT enjoys bourbon, your pets, and long stretches of silence.