Peter Alexis Shukoff (born August 15, 1979), also known as Nice Peter, is an American comedian, musician and personality. A self-described "Comic/Guitar Hero," he is best known for the comedy on his YouTube channel, NicePeter, especially the comedic series Epic Rap Battles of History. As of September 6, 2013, NicePeter has over 2.4 million YouTube subscribers. The day after hitting one million subscribers, the video game channel G4 crowned Nice Peter the King of Dot Comedy on Attack of the Show. His two channels, Nice Peter and Epic Rap Battles have a total of 10 million subscribers and over a billion views as of September 2013. He also has a third channel that he uses for vlogs and "Monday Shows", a show that he uploads on either Mondays or Tuesdays that he shows a couple different segments including "Viewer Mail", "Twitter Question Time", and "Ask a Giraffe". They have been featured on the Huffington Post,Billboard.com, and the January 2012 issue of Wired. An interview with Forbes details Peter and his partner Lloyd Ahlquist's rise to fame.
Shukoff learned to play guitar before he had finished school, but spent a time pursuing a comedic career. Once settled in Chicago, he began playing live in bars in Chicago, the midwestern USA, and the UK. Shukoff states in Monday Shows that he has previously known how to Irish dance, a talent he says has deteriorated since his childhood days. He also adopted a rescue dog from an animal shelter named Charlie. On the 14th of August, 2014, Peter released a video on his vlog channel, stating that Charlie had passed away whilst Peter was touring. According to the description of the "Rasputin vs Stalin" instalment of Epic Rap Battles of History, Peter is of Russian descent.
Epic Rap Battles of History is an internet series created by Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist. The series features historical and popular fictional and real-life figures, battling each other through the medium of rap. Battles have included "Darth Vader vs. Adolf Hitler" and "Abraham Lincoln vs. Chuck Norris". Some episodes use characters that are fictional, whether it be television or movie characters, as seen in "Rick Grimes vs. Walter White". Others use comic book characters, as seen in "Goku vs. Superman". Episodes typically consist of Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD rapping against each other in character, but sometimes feature guest stars in addition or replacing Shukoff and Ahlquist. Occasionally, they appear in non-speaking background roles, as in the episodes "Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe", "Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr", "Miley Cyrus vs. Joan of Arc", "Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali", and "Stephen King vs. Edgar Allan Poe." Shukoff and Ahlquist also contributed a rap battle to the film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and performed it with Matt Berry.