Christian Jacobs

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Christian Jacobs
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Christian Jacobs
Background information
Birth name Christian Richards Jacobs
Also known as The Caped Commander, The Bat Commander, MC Bat Commander
Born (1972-01-11) January 11, 1972 (age 42)
Rexburg, Idaho, United States
Genres Rock, New Wave, punk rock, ska, synthpop
Occupations Musician, television producer, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts The Aquabats

Christian Richards Jacobs (born January 11, 1972) is an American musician, television producer, voice actor and former child actor. He is perhaps most recognized as the co-creator of the award-winning Nick Jr. children's television series Yo Gabba Gabba!, on which he additionally serves as a writer, director, composer and voice actor.

Under the stage persona of The MC Bat Commander, Jacobs is also well-known for his work as lead singer for the Orange County rock band The Aquabats, which he co-founded in 1994. In addition to his musical work with the band, Jacobs also portrayed the character of the Bat Commander on the live-action comedy television series The Aquabats! Super Show!, of which he also co-created and produced, from 2012 to 2014.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Jacobs was born in Rexburg, Idaho in 1972, the second of five children. Following his family's relocation to Los Angeles in 1976, Jacobs and his siblings, namely his older sister Rachel and younger brother Parker, began working as child actors. Throughout the course of his childhood and into his late teens, Jacobs appeared in numerous productions, most prominently playing the role of Joey Stivic in the short-lived All in the Family spin-off Gloria, but primarily playing bit parts in teen films such as Pretty in Pink and Gleaming the Cube and episodes of sitcoms like Married... with Children and Roseanne, before retiring from acting in the early 1990s, citing a dislike of the competitive nature of the business.[1]

While working on Gleaming the Cube, Jacobs befriended a number of well known and highly influential skateboarders and artists.[1] In 1990, he worked alongside Mark Gonzales and Jason Lee on Blind Skateboards' Video Days, and as an artist, Jacobs designed board graphics for Tony Hawk's Birdhouse Skateboards and for the Jason Lee and Steve Berra pro models.

The great-grandson of prominent Mormon leader LeGrand Richards, Jacobs is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1] In 1991, he left the United States to serve as a missionary in the Sendai, Japan mission and lived in and around Tōhoku, Japan for two years. Upon returning to California, he began working various jobs and moonlighting in bands.[1]

The Aquabats[edit]

Jacobs performing with The Aquabats as "The MC Bat Commander".

In 1994, Jacobs, along with friends Chad Larson and Boyd Terry, formed the Orange County-based band The Aquabats, wherein he acted as lead singer and lyricist under the stage name of The MC Bat Commander (formerly "The Caped Commander" and "The Bat Commander"). Noted for their matching costumes and theatrical stage shows centered around their superhero-themed persona, The Aquabats initially formed as part of the burgeoning Orange County ska scene, though since 2000 have evolved into playing more punk and new wave-influenced rock music.

Though The Aquabats are most recognized for being a cult act, the band experienced brief mainstream commercial success in the late 1990s during the height of the American ska revival, when their second album The Fury of The Aquabats! peaked at number 172 on the Billboard 200, granting the band national exposure on MTV and as part of the 1998 Vans Warped Tour.[2] During this time, Jacobs was also active producing skateboarding videos with his friend and creative partner Scott Schultz.

As of 2014, The Aquabats continue to tour and record, and released their fifth studio album Hi-Five Soup! in January 2011 on Fearless Records. On March 3, 2012, The Aquabats! Super Show!, a live-action musical television series starring the band, premiered on cable channel The Hub, with Jacobs serving as co-creator, producer, writer and star. Despite accumulating six Daytime Emmy nominations over the course of two seasons, winning one for stunt coordination, The Hub declined to pick Super Show! up for a third season, effectively cancelling the series. Jacobs has repeatedly expressed plans to keep pitching Super Show! to other networks.

Yo Gabba Gabba![edit]

In 1999, Jacobs and Schultz formed a production company which was later formalized as "The Magic Store" with the goal of creating family-oriented television entertainment. Together, the two independently created, wrote and directed two pilot episodes in 2005 for a preschooler-targeted children's television series called Yo Gabba Gabba!. The series was picked up by Viacom's Nick Jr. channel in 2007, eventually becoming an international success and winning numerous television awards. Yo Gabba Gabba! has since completed four seasons.

Personal life[edit]

Christian Jacobs is an avid surfer, skateboarder, Japanese toy collector and artist. He lives in Orange County, California, with his wife and four children.

Discography[edit]

The Aquabats[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role
1986 Pretty in Pink Boy in record store
1989 Gleaming the Cube Gremic
1994 There Goes My Baby Jeff
2008 Punk Rock Holocaust 2 The MC Bat Commander

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Love Boat B.J. Episode: "The Best of Friends/Too Many Dads/Love Will Find a Way"
1982–1983 Gloria Joey Stivic Series regular
1984 Second Sight: A Love Story Bruce TV movie
Finder of Lost Loves Scott Hargrove Episode: "Maxwell, Ltd." (series pilot)
Highway to Heaven Danny Episode: "Catch a Falling Star"
ABC Weekend Special Kurt Landry Episode: "Henry Hamilton, Graduate Ghost"
1985 The History of White People in America Tommy Harrison TV movie
The Canterville Ghost Rob TV movie
Berrenger's Bob Episode: "Dangerous Ground"
V Billy Episode: "Breakout"
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Cavin voice only; series regular (season one)
1986 The History of White People in America: Volume II Tommy Harrison TV movie
1987 In Love and War Jimmy (age 14) TV movie
Convicted: A Mother's Story TV movie
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage Tommy Harrison TV movie
Out of This World Derek Rogers Episode: "Broadway Danny Derek"
Just the Ten of Us Club Leader / Todd Episode: "Move It or Lose It"
Episode: "The Unkindest Cut of All"
1989 Married... with Children Shep Episode: "A Three Job, No Income Family"
Hard Time on Planet Earth Mark Brady Episode: "Rodeo Show"
ABC Afterschool Special Danny Episode: "My Dad Can't Be Crazy...Can He?"
Roseanne Andrew Episode: "Chicken Hearts"
1990 Guns of Paradise Henry Episode: "The Gates of Paradise"
Exile Derf TV movie
Major Dad Private LaBonte Episode: "Infant-ry"
1999 The Aquabats in Color! Bat Commander TV pilot. Also co-creator, writer and director.
2007–present Yo Gabba Gabba! Plex (voice only) Also co-creator, writer and director.
2008, 2012- The Aquabats Super Show! The MC Bat Commander Also co-creator and writer
2013 Big Time Rush Security guard/Plex (voice) Episode: "Big Time Cameo"

Awards[edit]

The following list is of awards Christian Jacobs has been personally nominated for:

Year Recipient Award Result
1983 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor in a New Television Series (Gloria) Nominated
1986 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Actor - Animation Voice Over (Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears) Nominated
2008 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling (Yo Gabba Gabba!) Nominated
2009 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling (Yo Gabba Gabba!) Nominated
2011 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design (Yo Gabba Gabba!) Nominated
Daytime Emmy Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series (Yo Gabba Gabba!) Nominated
2012 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling (Yo Gabba Gabba!) Nominated
Daytime Emmy Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series (Yo Gabba Gabba!) Nominated
2013 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Children's Series (The Aquabats! Super Show!) Nominated
2014 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Writing for a Children's Series (The Aquabats! Super Show!) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "MC Bat Commander's Head Explodes!". OC Weekly. March 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Aquabats > Charts & Awards". Allmusic.com. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 

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