Music / Stephen Lynch

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.
  • 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".