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Neil Cicierega
Born Neil Cicierega
August 23, 1986 (1986-08-23) (age 23)
Kingston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Internet personality, actor, comedian, puppeteer, vocalist, musician, animator, filmmaker
Website
EvilTrailMix.com

Neil Stephen Cicierega (born August 23, 1986), is an American comedian, filmmaker and musician. He is the creator of a genre of Flash animation known as "Animutation". He has also gained success as a musician under the stage name "Lemon Demon".

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Animutation

Neil Cicierega is the creator of a genre of dadaist or surrealist Flash animation known as "Animutation".[1] Animutations feature arbitrary, nonsensical scenes and pop culture imagery and are typically set to novelty or foreign music, often Japanese. Most of his early Animutations used music from the original Japanese version of Pokémon.

Potter Puppet Pals

Potter Puppet Pals
Potter puppet pals.jpg
Also known as PPP
Genre Comedy, puppetry, variety
Created by Neil Cicierega. Emmy Cicierega, Alora Lanzilotta
Voices of Neil Cicierega
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Broadcast
Original channel Newgrounds (2001-2007)
YouTube (2006-present)
Original run Animated series:
September 27, 2003 – December 15, 2003
Puppet series:
September 26, 2006–present
External links
Official website

Cicierega's Potter Puppet Pals is a comedy series which parodies Harry Potter. It originated as a pair of Flash animations on Newgrounds in 2003, and later resurfaced in the form of a series of live action puppet shows released onto YouTube and Potterpuppetpals.com between 2006 and 2009. The central characters of the Harry Potter series are portrayed simply by puppets with the exception of Neville Longbottom who is portrayed by a butternut squash. Cicierega has done puppetry live at Harry Potter-themed events.

The Mysterious Ticking Noise

"The Mysterious Ticking Noise", released March 23, 2007, is the 16th most viewed video on YouTube, with over 77 million views as of March 8, 2010. This episode of Potter Puppet Pals is one of the most popular in the series. The video was nominated and won[2] in the Comedy category in the 2008 YouTube Awards with 61.6% of the votes in that category.[3] In the video, Professor Snape hears a strange ticking and begins singing to it, followed by Dumbledore, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Harry Potter. Towards the end, Ron discovers the source of the ticking is a pipe bomb that explodes as they celebrate, letting Voldemort sing his name by himself to the tune of "Lollipop" by The Chordettes.

Lemon Demon and Deporitaz

Cicierega created music from 1999 to 2002 under the name "Trapezoid", but because of a copyright dispute, he was forced to change the name to "Deporitaz", which is actually an anagram for the original title. Neil Cicierega currently releases music and performs it live under the name of "Lemon Demon".[4] He has released six Lemon Demon albums since 2003, the first four of which have been made available for free download on the Lemon Demon website.[5] His most recent album View-Monster, that was originally released in 2008, was released to iTunes in November of 2009 becoming his first music available on the popular form of music downloading.[6]

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

In 2005, Neil Cicierega and animator Shawn Vulliez released the Flash video Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny on Newgrounds. This became very popular, reaching over 11 million views on Newgrounds[7], as well as topping the "Funny Five" on The Dr. Demento Show for several weeks and becoming the #1 Request for 2006.[8]

Discography

  • "Clown Circus" (2003)
  • "Live From The Haunted Candle Shop" (2003)
  • "Hip To The Javabean" (2004)
  • "Damn Skippy" (2005)
  • "Dinosaurchestra" (2006)
  • "View-Monster" (2008)
  • "Almanac 2009"(2009)(limited release)

Short films

New Kids on the Rock

In addition to Potter Puppet Pals, Cicierega adds regular video content to his YouTube channel. He has worked on videos with fellow Massachusetts internet film makers and friends Kevin James, Ryan Murphy, Max Pacheco and J.L. Carrozza. In 2008, Neil, Ryan and Kevin were commissioned to make a series of "webisodes" for Plymouth Rock Studios. The series, New Kids on the Rock, is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about the trio's attempts to make webisodes for Plymouth Rock Studios. Several of Neil's short films have been featured on television shows such as G4's Attack of the Show!, The CW's Online Nation and CBBC's Chute!.

Rojhelio Studios

During the credits of his videos the production is attributed to Rojhelio studios, this also occurs in Ryan Murphy and Kevin James' Videos, as well as being Ryan Murphy's Banner and there currently is a Rojhelio studios YouTube channel of the same name. This is most likely a collaboration between the three of them and Max Pacheco.

Podcasts

The episode Wizard Swears was released in a podcast of Best of Youtube on iTunes, but was later taken off.

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