Stephen Lynch is a musical comedian/actor noted for audacious and vulgar songs.
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.
- Most of his songs count as this, but "Baby" invokes it.Damn, that's an ugly baby! C'mon everybody, sing along! Damn, that's an ugly ba- Sing, fuckers! C'mon! Damn, that's an ugly baby!
- 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.
- The Grotesque: The titular "Baby", especially if the lyrics near the end are any indication.''She's got one good tooth and one ear, and one eye // Thank God just one nose, but it's on her left thigh!
- If It's You, It's Okay: Implied in bridge of "Gay.""We've never hugged, we've never kissed / I've never been intimate with your fist / But you have opened brand new doors / Get over here and drop! Your! Drawers!"
- 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.
- Nerds Are Virgins: "D&D" ends with the line "Virgins till the day we die!"
- Parental Incest: His "Mother's Day" song hints at this, as his mother was his prom date "And I was the only guy // who got lucky that night".Stephen: What?! Oh, like you've never fucked your mom before!
- Pedophile Priest: "Priest" is a song of a priest barely trying to resist his urges.
- Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Parodied in "What If That Guy From Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Car Keys."
- Protest Song: Played with in "America."
- Race Fetish: "Vanilla Ice Cream" is about this.''I only like black girls, the brown girls, the café au lait.// Oh, caramel girls and mocha girls just blow me away.// If you're a nubian,// I want you to be in// Every fantasy,// But if you're a whitey,// Say nighty-nighty,// You're just not the girl for me.
- 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).
- Running Gag: His complete inability to whistle as part of his songs. It might start out okay, but it quickly dries up into literally blowing air through his lips before he gives up.
- 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!
If I were gay we would tear down the walls.But I'm not gay, so won't you stop cupping my...hand.
- Also "If I Were Gay", which he lampshades by included a slight beat.
Just don't take it personally
- Again in "Vanilla Ice Cream":
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".
- Technician vs. Performer: Though he'd quick to point out that he's not an especially skilled musician, Lynch considers himself a songwriter first and a comedian second, citing Carly Simon as a major influence. The only part of his songs that are intentionally funny are the subject, which makes them all the funnier.
- Those Wacky Nazis: "Little Tiny Moustache".
- Your Mom: At the end of "D&D" during his performance at the El Ray when his brother comes out to berate them for pretending like that.Stephen and Mark: We put a spell on thee!Drew: You guys are too much for me! Hahaha. (Beat)Stephen and Mark: That's what your mama said last night! It's D and D!