[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/neil_0.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:This is an [[InsistentTerminology Internet Person]]. You may either worship or fear him. The choice is yours.]]
Neil Cicierega (pronounced, roughly, ''si-ser-EE-ga''; born 1986) has described himself at varying times and degrees of seriousity as a comedian, actor, filmmaker, musician, and animator, while Wiki/TheOtherWiki labels him an "Internet artist". It is probably safe to say that his creative output is quite diverse and spans across more than a few mediums.

He is probably best known for being the creator of ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' and the {{WebAnimation/Animutation}} genre of Flash videos. He is also the one-man (with other members joining in live performances) band Music/LemonDemon. [[HeAlsoDid He also makes]] the occasional episode of [[WebVideo/GuaranteedVideo "New Kids On The Rock"]], an AffectionateParody of early 90s {{Kid Com}}s and more recently a sketch series called [[WebVideo/GuaranteedVideo "Guaranteed* Video"]] together with his regular collaborators, Ryan Murphy and Kevin James ([[NamesTheSame not]] [[Creator/KevinJames that one]]).

In 2014, he gained some media buzz for two albums of mashups entitled ''Mouth Sounds'' and ''Mouth Silence'', comprised of many disoriented and epic mashups of popular songs (primarily from TheNineties and TurnOfTheMillennium), mostly "All Star" by Music/SmashMouth. A third album, entitled ''Mouth Moods'', came out in 2017.

His website can be found [[http://www.neilcic.com here]]. He also has a Website/YouTube channel [[http://www.youtube.com/user/NeilCicierega here]], where he posts assorted comedy videos and Music/LemonDemon/''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals''-related material.
----
!!Neil Cicierega provides examples of:
* ArcWords: The word "Mouth" comes up a lot in Neil's mashup albums, both in the album titles and the titles of songs mashing [[Music/SmashMouth "All Star"]] with something else.
* BookEnds: Mouth Silence begins and ends with a [[ThirdEyeBlind Semi-Charmed Life]] mashup.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In ''Bustin'':
--> '''Ray Parker Jr.''': Freaky ghost baby! / Freaky ghost man! / Freaky man baby!
* BrickJoke:
** Track 6 on Mouth Sounds, "Full Mouth", is a mashup between [[Music/SmashMouth All Star]] and the FullHouse theme. Once you think it's over, the next track "Alanis" starts up with the vocals from Music/AlanisMorissette's "You Oughta Know"...only for the Full House music to kick back in. THEN, once you've completely finished with that album and are 45 minutes into Mouth Silence, "Wndrwll" starts out as a chopped up remix of {{Music/Oasis}}' "Wonderwall", and then 2 minutes into it, when you least expect it, the Full House music comes back one more time.
** On the album ''Mouth Moods'', Neil uses a short sample of the song "One Week" in the opening song, "The Starting Line". Later in the album, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Smooth Criminal" on the track, "Smooth". Then, for the sole purpose of tormenting the listener, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Stand By Me" on the very next track.
* BrokenRecord:
** "D'oh!" has "I like big butts and I cannot lie... butts and I cannot lie... butts and I cannot lie..." for nearly a minute under the rest of the song.
** "No Credit Card" from ''Mouth Sounds'' takes this UpToEleven; the first two-and-a-half minutes are almost entirely composed of variations on "Don't need no credit card to ride this train", which then simply cuts it down to "Ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri..." with a background of "Feel the power of love" for the next two minutes.
* CanadaEh: The beginning of "Smooth" -- a mashup of [[Music/MichaelJackson "Smooth Criminal"]], [[Music/BarenakedLadies "One Week"]], and [[Music/{{Santana}} "Smooth"]] -- is a faded recording of "O Canada", seemingly for no reason other than that's where Music/BarenakedLadies are from.
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUIu6_eTkjY "Haircut"]].
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Several of his remixes edit the vocal tracks enough to wildly change the subject of the song. He turns the ''Ghostbusters'' theme into a celebration of [[UnusualEuphemism "bustin'"]] on a "freaky ghost bed"; turns "The Eye of the Tiger" into a song about a number of literal tigers; edits both "Men in Black" and "Wild Wild West" to give Will Smith a weird obsession with bees; and twists "Fly Away" until Lenny Kravitz transforms into a dragonfly and has sex with a candy bar.
** "Love Psych" is a frighteningly extreme example. The upbeat vocals from Music/TheB52s' "Love Shack" are relatively unchanged, but when put behind [[PsychoStrings the string soundtrack]] to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', some of the lyrics start to form a new narrative, vaguely parallel to the plot of the movie, just a lot more [[DeadlyEuphemism euphemistic.]]
%%* DarkerAndEdgier: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OscehbY9A0k Bleed with Me Harry]]
* [[DistinctDoubleAlbum Distinct Triple Album]]: ''Mouth Silence'', ''Mouth Sounds'' and ''Mouth Moods''.
* EasterEgg: ''Mouth Silence'' is full of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAJQQymhn9o carefully hidden "All-Star" references]], including an album cover, backwards messages, and even some text in [=ID3=] tags. Really though, the whole ''Mouth'' trilogy has an encyclopedia full of its own lore and inside jokes.
* EntertaininglyWrong: Everything from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2XOLoeBPEk the Races of Star Trek]].
** The trend continues with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r-R070qHYw Guide to the Races of Star Wars]]
** And seemingly concludes with [[https://youtu.be/HHoJSgq6mqc Guide to the Lord of the Rings]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[Music/SmashMouth "All-Star"]], [[Music/{{Santana}} "Smooth"]], the ''Series/FullHouse'' theme, [[Music/BarenakedLadies "One Week"]]...at this point, almost no song is sacred from being used in a lot of his mashups.
* JitterCam: The "Aaron" music video is [[TheOner a single extended shot]] filmed from a portable camera strapped to Neil's right wrist, as he plays keyboard, types on his computer, and picks up toys strewn around his living room.
* LimitedAnimation: The first three minutes of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygI-2F8ApUM BRODYQUEST]], before Adrien Brody becomes a rock star and then becomes the universe (possibly).
* LimitedLyricsSong: Sometimes to the point of OverlyLongGag levels. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRv5LwX4jzI "Don't need no credit card to ride this train..."]]
* ListSong: Taken to its logical conclusion with a mash-up of {{Music/REM}}'s "It's the End of the World" and [[Music/BillyJoel Billy Joel's]] "We Didn't Start the Fire".
* LyricalDissonance: Embraced to absurd degrees in his mashup songs, either with silly sounding instrumentals with serious lyrics ("Rollercloser", "Crocodile Chop", "Floor Corn", and "The End"), or serious sounding instrumentals with silly lyrics ("Love Psych", "Like Tears in Chocolate Rain", "T.I.M.E."). [[UpToEleven Or both]] ("Mullet with Butterfly Wings").
* MindScrew: Goes without saying, but he rather enjoys confusing the hell out of his audience whenever he can.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "300MB" primarily samples an infomercial [[LargeHam dramatically playing up]] [[SeriousBusiness the incredible power of a]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn 300MB hard drive]], mixed in with an energetic tweak of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", giving it this effect.
* OrangeBlueContrast: Used strongly on the album cover of ''Mouth Moods''.
* PrecisionFStrike: Inverted with "Rollercloser" from ''Mouth Silence'', where the F Strikes from the chorus of [[Music/NineInchNails "Closer"]] are replaced with funk vocals.
%%* PromotedFanboy
* RuleOfThree: On ''Mouth Moods'', "All Star" is one of the songs used on "The Starting Line", but only in the same context as every other vocal sample in that track, by repeating its starting line. After that theme is over, there are two isolated "SOME"s to fake out the listener (the end of "The Starting Line" and the beginning of "Wow Wow") before the song gets its proper mashup treatment in "Mouth Pressure".
* SequelEscalation: ''Mouth Moods'' to ''Sounds'' and ''Silence'', as many of the songs on ''Moods'' are sequels or inverses of songs on the preceding albums taken UpToEleven. A particular example is "Annoyed Grunt" which is simultaneously a sequel to "D'oh" from ''Sounds'' and "Friends" from ''Silence''.
* ShoutOut:
** As a fan of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', he has several shout-outs in his works. The most obvious is his first ''LemonDemon'' album, which features a cover of [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E03PodPeople "Idiot Control Now"]].
** Some of his videos mention ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', including one about two investigators [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivQ9OU2B5so who crack a confession out of a thug by just recapping the entire Animorphs storyline.]]
* SpokenWordInMusic: Happens a lot in ''Mouth Silence'' and ''Mouth Moods'' by using a spoken word sample to segue into or introduce another song.
* StylisticSuck: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t-iFr9q1I8 Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (lyrics)]] resembles the poorly made lyrics videos that used to frequent Youtube in its early days, and until Neil's trademark MindScrew kicks in, no one giving it a passing glance would probably be the wiser.
* TakeThat:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=810hOU26UMQ "Tribute to ShaneDawsonTV and RayWilliamJohnson"]] is a giant Take That towards WebVideo/ShaneDawson and WebVideo/RayWilliamJohnson.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOqb_UzJSUQ "Never Go on Reddit"]] is a short song telling people to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin never go on Reddit]].
* ToiletHumor:
** "Piss" from ''Mouth Silence'' is about, well, drinking piss.
** "Shit" from ''Mouth Moods'', its SpiritualSuccessor (the ''number two'', if you will), is about [[SophisticatedAsHell taking a really, really good shit]].

----