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Monday, June 2, 2014

Nice Peter - SARAH PURKRABEK
  • Sarah Purkrabek
  • Nice Peter
Nice Peter
The Troubadour
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Nice Peter is the mastermind behind the hit YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History, which, on the off chance you haven't seen it, pits famous characters rapping against each other - say, Dr. Seuss vs. Shakespeare, or Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven - with Peter himself usually playing them.

The L.A. based MC and musician born Peter Shukoff has a pretty cool life. He's made a living off of these videos, which are an absolute phenomenon; his channel has over 2 million subscribers, and the average battle gets, oh, 50 million views or so. We talked to him over the phone before the Troubadour show last night, and he didn't want to get into detail about just how hard he's balling off of that YouTube money; "I drive a nice car" is all he would say on that subject. But he added that he went from a series of shitty jobs to spending his days doing something he loves.

His Troubadour show kicked off a month-long tour, and the big question was: Would the fun of his internet clips translate to a live setting?

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Friday, February 14, 2014

M.I.A.: "Is your Dad a dealer? / Cause you're dope to me." - DANIEL SANNWALD/COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • M.I.A.: "Is your Dad a dealer? / Cause you're dope to me."
It's Valentine's Day! Whether you're in a loving relationship (you know, like if you were dating Drake) or single and looking to mingle, you're surely in need of some choice words to get some action going.

We can't all be Tim Dog and seduce all of En Vogue at once, so it's best to look to take tips from some other rap greats. (And no-so-greats.) Here, then, are our five most bizarre hip-hop pick-up lines. 

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

So Funny I Forgot to Laugh!

These Are the Best Fake Punk Songs

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Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish - PHOTO COURTESY OF IAN RUBBISH AND THE BIZAROS
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  • Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish

Ian Rubbish is the alter-ego of comedian Fred Armisen, he of Saturday Night Live, Portlandia and, yes, actual punk bands.

Armisen, in fact, knows his punk, which is what makes Rubbish so much fun. He got every obsessive detail correct in the SNL skit where he re-enacts the day the Sex Pistols said "dirty fucker" on a British talk show, for example.

Tomorrow night, Armisen plays as Rubbish at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. In the meantime let's delve into "fake punk" -- which has a real punk sound but plays for laughs.

As you'll see, it's kind of a real thing. Here are the top five fake punk songs:

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

So Funny I Forgot to Laugh!

The Best Frank Stallone Jokes

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Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:55 AM

You guessed it, Frank Stallone - POLYGRAM RECORDS
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  • You guessed it, Frank Stallone
Who's performing tomorrow at Vitello's Italian Restaurant in Studio City? You guessed it, Frank Stallone. Along with being Sylvester Stallone's acting and singing brother, Frank is probably best remembered as a frequent punchline during Norm Macdonald's stint as Weekend Update host on Saturday Night Live.

Macdonald was inspired by the above photo, and so constantly mocked him as an excuse to keep showing it. But he chilled on the jokes once Frank's brother Sylvester hosted the show and asked him to "take it easy" on him, adding that Frank has had a tough time of things ever since his attempt to break in as a boxer coincided with Rocky, making everybody want to "beat up Rocky's brother."

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

D'Elia/Smith on the Such Is Life album cover
  • D'Elia/Smith on the Such Is Life album cover

The internet has made the dream of becoming a rapper attainable for many poseurs, ridiculous characters and shameless self promoters. Even comedians.

Take Los Angeles-based comic Chris D'Elia, most famous for his role as Alex Miller on the NBC show Whitney...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

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"HURRY UP WITH MY DAMN CROISSANTS" - King Joffrey Baratheon
Twice last week people the world over stopped what they were doing to quote Kanye West via Twitter. First from his interview with The New York Times; "I am the nucleus," "I just want dopeness," "It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times" being the particular favorites. Then, after Yeezus leaked Friday, his lyrics: "I be speaking Swag-hili," "Have you ever asked your bitch for other bitches," and, of course, "Hurry up with my damn croissants!'

All of it got us thinking about other megalomaniacs/Big Achievers, and how their declarations of grandeur hold up next to Kanye's. Quite well, it turns out. So play our fun game below. Who said it: Kanye, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones,?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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If you're over the age of 30, you probably have at least a few songs from Free to Be You and Me engraved in your memory. Conceived by '60s-era TV actress Marlo Thomas and produced as a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the 1972 album jumped on the progressive feminism wave via catchy tunes for kids. Songs like "William's Doll" and "It's Alright to Cry" challenged male/female stereotypes and encouraged the expansion of gender roles. Big deal stars of the era including Harry Belafonte, Alan Alda, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross contributed to the recording.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This is DJ Douggpound -- the picture is definitely worth a click - CARLOS RAMOS
  • Carlos Ramos
  • This is DJ Douggpound -- the picture is definitely worth a click
At gatherings with extended family, Doug Lussenhop has a hard time explaining what he does. They might be familiar with Portlandia, the show for which he's an editor. They may have even seen Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, which he edited and co-wrote, though he prefers if they haven't, if only for its scene where Eric Wareheim sits in a bathtub being filled by young boys' diarrhea.

"But when they find out I tour as a comedian, my comedy is impossible to explain," he notes on a recent afternoon over a bowl of rice with short ribs in Silver Lake. "I tell jokes, and I remix them."

On the increasingly fractured multimedia range, Lussenhop -- who goes by DJ Douggpound, which is a play on, you know, Tha Dogg Pound -- is a lone cowboy. He DJs at clubs and does a stand-up routine where he uses audio clips to punctuate jokes, but his most inspired gig is his sui generis role on an L.A.-based podcast called The Champs, co-hosted by Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle's Show) and ascending comedian Moshe Kasher.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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For all the seriousness of today's rock, a good joke is often in order -- especially if it's a poop joke. Jack Black, one-half of seminal frat rock act Tenacious D, isn't too far removed from his goofy School Of Rock character in real life. He cautions that those who come to see them tonight at the Wiltern won't leave with clean pants. "When we come out onstage and the lights shine, it's like witnessing us come back from the dead," he tells us. "People are just shitting themselves."

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