Kyle Gass, affectionately known as K.G. and Rage Kage, in an American musician, comedian, actor and ULC minister! Born and raised in Walnut Creek, California, he studied at UCLA School of Theator, Film and Television, where he met Tim Robbins. It was after joining The Actors’ Gang, a non-profit, experimental theater group founded by Tim Robbins, where he met future band member and friend, Jack Black.
The American comedy duo formed the rock band Tenacious D in 1994. Prior to the band’s formation, vocalist and guitarist Jack Black did not know how to play guitar, eventually exchanging food for lessons from Gass at his Cochran Avenue studio apartment.
The two began writing their own music in the early 1990s, performing their debut of their song, “Tribute”, at Al’s Bar in the summer of 1994. They continued to write and perform together, generating momentum and interest by performing headline shows at Pedro’s, Largo, and The Actor’s Gang studio. They made their first on-screen appearance in Jason Bloom’s 1996 film Bio-Dome, performing their song, “5 Needs”.
Gass began making cameo appearances on substantial 90s shows like Seinfeld, and Friends, and after befriending Jack Black, would later play small roles in Black’s films, Kung Fu Panda, Shallow Hal, and The Cable Guy. In 2006, after many years of concept-creation, Black and Gass premiered their film, Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.
The soundtrack for the film reached number eight on the Billboard 200, and topped the iTunes chart. Gass has continued to make television appearances in such shows as Brooklyn Nine Nine, Drunk History, and in films such as The New Guy, Elf, and Year One. In 2015, the group won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for their rendition of the DIO classic, “The Last in Line”.
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