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Neil Stephen Cicierega (pronounced siss-ə-REE-gə; born August 23, 1986) is an "online semi-celebrity" based in Boston, Massachusetts. His body of work is very varied and as a result it is somewhat hard to quantify. He 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 media.

Neil has basically been with the Internet since the idea of an "Internet Culture" was in its infancy and he himself was in his early teens, with some of his first publicly available creations dating back to 2000. He is possibly best known for being the creator of the Potter Puppet Pals series and the Animutation genre of Flash videos. He is also the one-man (with other members joining in live performances) band Lemon Demon, which you probably know for the song "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny". 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* Video together with his regular collaborators, Ryan Murphy and Kevin James (not that one). The three of them, along with several other local colleagues, made the Wizard of Oz adaptation No Place Like Home. He has also forayed a bit into the realm of video game development, having released the Web Game Monster Breeder in 2018, as well as showing teaser for an Adventure Game he is also working on entitled Icon Architect 1.0.


In 2014, he gained some media buzz for two albums of mashups entitled Mouth Sounds and Mouth Silence, comprising many disoriented and epic mashups of popular songs (primarily from The '90s and Turn of the Millennium), mostly "All Star" by Smash Mouth. A third album, entitled Mouth Moods, came out in 2017, and a fourth album, Mouth Dreams, released in late 2020.

In short, he's effectively the king of "Oh shit, that was him?"

His website can be found here. He also has a YouTube channel here, where he posts assorted comedy videos and Lemon Demon/Potter Puppet Pals-related material. He also has a second channel called Guaranteed* Video where he puts projects made with his long time friends Ryan Murphy and Kevin James. A semi-regular podcast, Guaranteed* Audio can be found on that channel, and wherever you listen to your podcasts.


Neil Cicierega provides examples of:

  • Alphabet Song: "The Alphabet", a video of the tune with the letters replaced by brand names:
  • Approval of God:
  • Arc Words: The word "Mouth" comes up a lot in Neil's mashup albums, both in the album titles and the titles of songs mashing "All Star" with something else.
  • *Bleep*-dammit!: Exaggerated in Mouth Dreams where Neil randomly censors the word hell in "Fredhammer" but keeps swears uncensored in the rest of the album, and even sentence mixes Johnny Cash to say shit earlier on in "Just a Baby".
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: In "Superkiller", the psycho killer now HATES PEOPLE WHEN THEIR bed's on fire... despite mentioning several times how his own bed is on fire.
  • Bookends:
    • Mouth Silence begins and ends with a "Semi-Charmed Life" mashup.
    • Mouth Dreams, whose title on the album cover spells out "NICE MODEMS" if you only look at the letters with sparkles (similar to the "Super Mario Galaxy" / "U R MR GAY" meme), begins and ends with internet-related sounds (the Yahoo! jingle and modem dial-up sounds, respectively).
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In Bustin:
    Ray Parker Jr.: Freaky ghost baby! / Freaky ghost man! / Freaky man baby!
  • Brick Joke:
    • Track 6 on Mouth Sounds, "Full Mouth", is a mashup between "All Star" and the Full House theme. Once you think it's over, the next track "Alanis" starts up with the vocals from Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" ...only for the Full House music to kick back in. THEN, once you've completely finished with that album and are 45 minutes into Mouth Silence, "Wndrwll" starts out as a chopped up remix of Oasis' "Wonderwall", and then 2 minutes into it, when you least expect it, the Full House music comes back one more time.
    • On the album Mouth Moods, Neil uses a short sample of the song "One Week" in the opening song, "The Starting Line". Later in the album, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Smooth Criminal" on the track, "Smooth". Then, for the sole purpose of tormenting the listener, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Stand By Me" on the very next track.
    • Mouth Sounds contained the track "D'oh!", which is a mashup of multiple songs and sound clips, including Homer Simpson's titular Catchphrase. Mouth Moods then followed it up with a similar track titled "Annoyed Grunt," which is how said Catchphrase was initially written in the script for the episode it originally appeared in.
    • Similarly, Mouth Silence ends with a track titled "Piss". Mouth Moods then ended with a track titled "Shit."
    • Mouth Sounds contained a track titled "Vivid Memories Turn to Fantasies," a remix of Will Smith's Men in Black theme, with Will occasionally declaring "Bees!". Mouth Moods eventually followed that up with "Wow Wow", a remix of Will Smith's Wild Wild West theme, including one more declaration of "Bees!"
    • After referring to The Lord of the Rings as A League of Their Own in "Guide to Lord of the Rings", Neil misnames the latter film as the former later in "Guide to Tom Hanks".
    • Subverted with "Closerflies" off of Mouth Dreams, which uses the instrumental from "Closer," the vocals of which Neil mashed with "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players on "Rollercloser" in Mouth Silence. But then the "Fireflies" vocals come in...
  • Broken Record:
    • "D'oh!" has "I like big butts and I cannot lie... butts and I cannot lie... butts and I cannot lie..." for nearly a minute under the rest of the song.
    • "No Credit Card" from Mouth Sounds takes this Up to Eleven; the first two-and-a-half minutes are almost entirely composed of variations on "Don't need no credit card to ride this train", which then simply cuts it down to "Ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri..." with a background of "Feel the power of love" for the next two minutes.
    • "The Starting Line" is a compilation of opening lines from several songs (more specifically, songs where the vocals start before the music), repeating constantly for the entire duration of the song.
    • Then there's "Smooth", where the lyrics for One Week ends before the Smooth Criminal instrumentals do and so it just starts repeating certain phrases of the lyrics for the remainder of the song like "Chickity China the Chinese chicken" and "Harrison Ford" for the hell of it.
    • "Alanis": "You-UH! You-UH! You-UH! You-UH! You-UH! You-UH! You-UH! You-UH! Oughta know!"
    • From "Get Happy"; "C'mon get happy, we'll make you happy! C'mon get happy, we'll make you happy! C'mon..."
  • Canada, Eh?: The beginning of "Smooth" — a mashup of "Smooth Criminal", "One Week", and "Smooth" — is a faded recording of "O Canada", seemingly for no reason other than that's where Barenaked Ladies are from (signifying their incoming arrival, perhaps).
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Several of his remixes edit the vocal tracks enough to wildly change the subject of the song.
    • He turns the Ghostbusters theme into a celebration of "bustin'" on a "freaky ghost bed".
    • "The Eye of the Tiger" into a song about a number of literal tigers.
    • Cicierega juxtaposes a news segment about furries to make "Foxey Lady" about Jimi Hendrix being a furry lusting after a literal fox lady.
    • Both "Men in Black" and "Wild Wild West" have been edited to give Will Smith a weird obsession with bees, his "Wild Wild West" remix in particular changing from a rap song of braggadocious masculinity to one of blatant homoeroticism ("Who that is?! Loveless, bad for ya health! invoked Lookin' damn good though, if I could say it myself! Told me Loveless is a good man, but I don't feel that, he got his behind lookin' damn good though!").
    • "Fly Away" has been twisted until Lenny Kravitz transforms into a dragonfly and has sex with a candy bar.
    • "Love Psych" is a frighteningly extreme example. The upbeat vocals from The B-52s' "Love Shack" are relatively unchanged, but when put behind the string soundtrack to Psycho, some of the lyrics start to form a new narrative, vaguely parallel to the plot of the movie, just a lot more euphemistic.
    • "Just a Baby" takes Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" is now about a baby who is specifically in "baby prison" for acting out various kinds of Troubling Unchildlike Behavior... including not only shooting a train (but that train was just a car) but "always drinking coffee" and smoking. Also, he likes vehicles and his mother killed a man.


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It's Gonna Get Weird

The Gravity Falls finale was going to have the song 'It's Gonna Get Weird', created by Neil Cicierega, as a Villain Song for Bill Cipher. It was ultimately cut because they simply didn't have the time. (Animatic is by YouTube user Psychic)

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