He's pretty good at making paper planesJonathan "Jon" Lajoie
is a Canadian comedian, actor, rapper, singer, musician and Internet celebrity from Montreal, Quebec. Lajoie first became popular through the music video "Everyday Normal Guy", in which he, in ironic contrast to typical rappers, sings about his bland, run-of-the-mill daily activities and his peaceful nature.
More recently, Lajoie made his television debut as Taco on The League
, currently in its fourth season.
- Adorkable: "Everyday Normal Guy".
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the Mysteries of the Universe video:
- Artistic License – History: MC Historical Inaccuracy in WTF Collective 2.
- Artistic License – Geography: A lot in "Very Super Famous", for example:
- Audience Participation Song: At the end of his shows, he keeps the chorus to "2 Girls 1 Cup Song" going and invites the audience to sing along.
- Back from the Dead: Zombie Chorus Guy in WTF Collective 3.
- Beige Prose: The "Show Me Your Genitals" trilogy is built around this trope.
- Biggus Dickus: 25 inches long and 12 inches thick claims MC Vagina in "I Kill People".
- Black Comedy: The foundation of his humor, along with Self-Deprecation. Nothing is off-limits. Good examples are probably "Cold-Blooded X-Mas," "Mel Gibson Love Song," and "Rapist Glasses"/"Pedophile Beards."
- Black Comedy Rape: At the end of WTF Collective Numbers 1 & 3 and You Are Not Alone.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Used frequently in songs.
- Brick Joke: MC Fatigue, passing out (a-gain) in WTF Collective 2 and finally waking up at the very end of WTF Collective 3.
"... did I miss anything?"
- Boastful Rap:
- Parodied in the "Everyday Normal Guy" and "Show Me Your Genitals" trilogies, as well as the epic "WTF Collective."
- Turned Up to Eleven in "Very Super Famous"
- Brand X: Everywhere in "Please Use This Song." Every single Bland-Name Product is named "Your Brand Here."
- The Cameo: MC Vagina can be spotted in the crowd shots during "Pop Song".
- Canada, Eh?: Jon Lajoie is Canadian, and while he himself is not that stereotypical, there is MC Canadian Stereotype from WTF Collective 2.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Most apparent in "F**k Everything". Which drops the F-bomb 62 times from start to finish.
Fuck you! Fuck me! Fuck the sky! Fuck trees! Fuck the sun, I don't need heat or vitamin D!
- Creepy Monotone: MC Vagina.
- Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming: While pretty much all of his songs are NSFW, there is one song that is kid-friendly. "Stay At Home Dad". A song about him taking care of his infant son. D'AWWWWWWWWWW. And also hilarious because musically it's a Rage Against the Machine parody. I TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN!
- A Date with Rosie Palms: "Alone In The Universe."
- Deadpan Snarker: During the breaks between songs in his live performances, and his non-musical YouTube sketches. But even some of his songs are bitingly sarcastic and incredibly cynical (see "Pop Song" and "Radio-Friendly Song").
- Driven to Suicide: Chorus Guy in WTF Collective 2
- Dude, Not Funny!: An "in-universe"- example He calls himself out in the lyrics to the final chapter of the "Show Me Your Genitals" trilogy, "I Kill People," after making an Anne Frank joke. Also used by MC Inappropriate Rhymes in WTF Collective 2 and Lampshaded again by MC Extremely Politically Correct
- Dude, Not Ironic: WTF Collective features MC Doesn't Know What Irony Is. In either context we hear him use the word, it's not clear exactly what he thinks it means — the point is, he doesn't get it.
- Dull Surprise: MC Vagina.
- Erudite Stoner: "We don't have racism in Canada. We have... weed."
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The rapper names in his WTF Collective videos.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Courtesy of MC Uses Time Machines Irresponsibly:
- Gratuitous French: At the end of Very Super Famous we hear "For all you French ladies out there: Le feu sur le cheval était brisé" (Meaning: The fire on the horse was broken).
- Lampshade Hanging: The final chapter of the "Everyday Normal Guy" trilogy, "Everyday Normal Crew."
We just a regular, everyday, normal crew
The joke's gettin' old, I fuckin' agree with you
I'm just repeatin' the same shit from Normal Guy 1 & 2
What a twist, in this one I'm rappin' about my friends too
I think this cow's been milked dry...muthafucka
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: MC Vagina, especially in these lines from "I Kill People"
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: MC Vagina is a textbook case; he barely even sings, he just kind of mumbles along to the tune in a flat tone. The guy in "I Can Dance" also qualifies... though being a terrible singer is the least of his problems.
- Hypocritical Humor: MC Extremely Politically Correct in "WTF Collective 2" references "Michael Jackson Is Dead".
[Lajoie's lyrics] are offensive, insensitive, and in very bad taste
Like that guy who wrote that song when Michael Jackson passed away
- I Am the Band: His "WTF Collective"s and "Pop Song" parody this.
- Lyrical Dissonance: All of his songs.
- Metaphorgotten: MC Vagina is proficient in this:
- "My love is like lightning. It gives girls orgasms. My dick is like an airplane. It gives girls orgasms.
- "Yeah, the Eiffel Tower is a lot like my dick, it's big and it stings when soap gets inside the tip."
- "Fame is like a tree. It helps you get pussy."
- Mind Screw: Visit his website. We DARE You. And in his commercial for hands.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: "Michael Jackson is Dead" plays with this. Jon both defends Jackson ("we didn't care if it was true or false") and insults him ("remember when he dangled his kid from a balcony"), but his biggest Take That is to people who made Michael Jackson jokes when he was alive and then canonized him as a saint when he died. His overall point seems to be that Jackson was a human being with flaws and foibles, and that dying doesn't change that.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- Most of the WTF Collective members are based on famous rappers, at least in their voices and delivery. For instance, MC Fatigue is Sean Paul and MC Final Verse is 50 Cent.
- Also "Pop Song" has some the typical Boy Band stereotypes, such as the good looking lead singer, and the effeminate one that is probably gay.
- MC Vagina references Jeff Clooney, Boy Soldier, Brad Pitts, and Puff Daddy. He likes to go to famous people parties with them.
- Only in It for the Money: Chorus Guy makes it clear that he's only singing the chorus because he can't find any other work. Even then, it's not enough to keep him from killing himself.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: His sister, Jessica Lajoie. Sure, she's good-looking, has a good voice, but... yeah. She even says, in an introduction to one of her videos, that she's not quite sure what happened in the gene pool for them to be related. She loves him all the same.
- Perma Stubble: He's only rarely clean-shaven.
- Precision F-Strike: Inverted in the "Pointless Profanity" video. OH SNAPPING TURTLE!
- Protest Song:
- Surprisingly played straight in "Song for the Students," a song in support of the 2012 Quebec student protests.
- Also, arguably "Osama Is Dead."
- Red Herring: Before WTF Collective 3 was released, MC Vagina appearing to sing the chorus at the end of WTF 2
- Refuge in Audacity: Cranked Up to Eleven
- Running Gag: "You want some of this, Bitch?"
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "I Kill People":
Guns don't kill people
I kill people
- Self-Deprecation: The foundation of his humor, along with Black Comedy. The best example is "Too Fast."
- Another example is his joke Kickstarter video, where he declares, after listing off people that make less than him (decorated war veterans, teachers, doctors), he declares that it's "because what I do is way more important." Cue clip from "Show Me Your Genitals."
- Sophisticated as Hell: In "Fuck Everything":
- Stripperific: The girls in the video for "Pop Song".
- Stylistic Suck: All of MC Vagina's songs.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: MC Knows Too Many Facts About Bees ends his verse with "Just 'cause I know a lot about bees doesn't mean that I'm gay." As it turns out, he's also MC In the Closet Homosexual.
- Talking to Himself: Every member of the WTF Collective is played by Jon.
- Three Chords and the Truth: His songs that don't parody Boastful Rap pretty much always fit this style.
- Three Minutes of Writhing: The video for "Pop Song".
- [Trope Name]: "Everyday Normal Guy," "Pop Song," "Radio-Friendly Song."
- YouTube: How he became famous. The reason he routinely sells out comedy clubs, even thousands of miles away from his hometown, on weeknights.
- WHAM Line: "You can't spell chorus without... Vagina."
- Also, in "Tennis Ball:"
- "...helps me forget about my cancer."
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: After Chorus Guy shoots himself, he comes back as a zombie:
This must be a bad dream
Why am I still singing?
I motherfucking killed myself...
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Parodied in "Pop Song":
And now the token rap verse that doesn't make any sense
But helps me get a small percentage of the urban music market
- Word Salad Lyrics: MC Confusing's entire schtick
"And I play air guitar with the tuba toothpaste, and I say, karate pencil case, and put it on tape."