Creator / Neil Cicierega
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 The Other Wiki
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 Potter Puppet Pals
and the Animutation
genre of Flash videos. He is also the one-man (with other members joining in live performances) band Lemon Demon
. He also makes
the occasional episode of "New Kids On The Rock", an Affectionate Parody
of early 90s Kid Coms
and more recently a sketch series called "Guaranteed" together with his regular collaborators, Ryan Murphy and Kevin James (not 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 from The '90s
and Turn of the Millennium
, mostly "All Star" by Smash Mouth
. A third album, entitled Mouth Moods
, came out in 2017.
His website can be found here
. He also has a YouTube
, where he posts assorted comedy videos and Lemon Demon
/Potter Puppet Pals
Neil Cicierega provides examples of:
- Distinct Triple Album: Mouth Silence, Mouth Sounds and Mouth Moods.
- Easter Egg: Mouth Silence is full of 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.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Everything from the Races of Star Trek.
- Leitmotif: "All-Star", "Smooth", the Full House theme, "One Week"...at this point, almost no song is sacred from being used in a lot of his mashups.
- Limited Animation: The first three minutes of BRODYQUEST, before Adrien Brody becomes a rock star and then becomes the universe (possibly).
- Limited Lyrics Song: Sometimes to the point of Overly Long Gag levels. "Don't need no credit card to ride this train..."
- List Song: Taken to its logical conclusion with a mash-up of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World" and Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire".
- Lyrical Dissonance: 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."). Or both ("Mullet with Butterfly Wings").
- Mind Screw: Goes without saying, but he rather enjoys confusing the hell out of his audience whenever he can.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "300MB" primarily samples an infomercial dramatically playing up the incredible power of a 300MB hard drive, mixed in with an energetic tweak of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", giving it this effect.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: Used strongly on the album cover of Mouth Moods.
- Precision F-Strike: He does this a lot, see "Knock Knock Knock", "Computer Fighters", and "It's the World Wide Web". Inverted with "Rollercloser" from Mouth Silence, where the F Strikes from the chorus of "Closer" are replaced with funk vocals.
- Rule of Three: 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".
- Sequel Escalation: Mouth Moods to Sounds and Silence, as many of the songs on Moods are sequels or inverses of songs on the preceding albums taken Up to Eleven. A particular example is "Annoyed Grunt" which is simultaneously a sequel to "D'oh" from Sounds and "Friends" from Silence.
- Spoken Word in Music: Happens a lot in Mouth Silence and Mouth Moods by using a spoken word sample to segue into or introduce another song.
- Stylistic Suck: 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 Mind Screw kicks in, no one giving it a passing glance would probably be the wiser.
- Take That!:
- Toilet Humor:
- Totally Radical: Often Played for Laughs in many of his works; see for instance "It's the World Wide Web".