Music / Stephen Lynch
Stephen Lynch is a musical comedian/actor noted for audacious
Tropes associated with Stephen Lynch include:
- Affably Evil: "Beelz", which portrays Satan as a Sissy Villain.
- Anti-Love Song
- Anti Christ: According to the song Beelz
"To spread my evil ways I went to Earth and had a son/And now he makes his living as a singing comedian."
- Ass Shove: "Gerbil"
"If Richard Gere can do it I can too!"
- Audience Participation Song: When performing "Superhero", Stephen usually invites the audience to come up with their own superheroes. The suggestions tend to get ... inventive.
- Certain performances of "Vanilla Ice Cream" have audience members shouting out names of White celebrities who have dated/are married to Black women.
- Bad Angel, Bad Angel: "Voices In My Head"
- Caught with Your Pants Down: "Talk to Me, Dad" is on the subject.
Well it seems last night you caught me spankin' it // No use denyin' it, I was really crankin' it...
- Craig And Jesus: Evidently, Jesus had a brother named Craig, a party animal and BFF of Judas.
- Descent Into Darkness Song: Several songs. "Superhero" starts with describing various superheroes kids might want to be before turning into a diatribe against his unfaithful wife who now lives in Hawaii with a doctor, dumping him with three kids and no job.
- Fake-Out Opening: His usual schtick is to have his songs start as a pleasant acoustic guitar ballad for the first verse before completely going off the rails by the chorus.
- I'm Going to Hell for This: Repeatedly states this between verses on "Special Olympics". The fact that he has others sing along with him means that everyone else is going down with him.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Every. Fucking. Song.
- Madwoman in the Attic: Special Ed has to live in his mother's shed.
- Mood Whiplash: His songs tend to follow a structure of one completely straight verse, then a chorus that turns it into a joke song. "Lullaby" is a good example of this.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: "Best Friend's Song" subverts this. Mark Teich is fine with Lynch sleeping with his sister... he just has to pay first.
- The radio version has him glossing over this to make one thing clear - he does NOT like Julia Roberts movies.
- Nerds Are Virgins: "D&D" ends with the line "Virgins till the day we die!"
- Pedophile Priest: "Priest" is a song of a priest barely trying to resist his urges.
- Protest Song: Played with in "America."
- Race Fetish: "Vanilla Ice Cream" is about this.
- Refuge in Audacity: His entire schtick is this. For example:
- A song about being divorced for being absolutely disgusting; couched as a lullaby to his infant daughter
- A song about a Jewish man who somehow lands a Neo-Nazi girlfriend.
- A song about his "special" friend Edward; who one day smashes him in the face him with a brick, making the narrator "special" too.
- A song making fun of the special Olympics
- A song about his twin daughters; one is born absolutely hideous (she's promptly abandoned).
- Self-Deprecation : From "Beelz"
To carry on my evil ways
I went and had a son
And now he makes his living
As a singing comedian
- Starbucks Skin Scale: Used in the song "Vanilla Ice Cream".
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: "Special Ed".
I thought college life was great,
Ed couldn't count from one to two!
- Also "If I Were Gay", which he lampshades by included a slight beat.
If I were gay we would tear down the walls.
But I'm not gay, so won't you stop cupping my...hand.
- Again in "Vanilla Ice Cream":
Just don't take it personally
This is no attack
But we will never last because
I'm white and you are...also white
- Take That: Pretty much all of "Beelz".
- Those Wacky Nazis: "Little Tiny Moustache".