Flula Borg

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Flula Borg
Flula in LA.JPG
Borg in 2014
Background information
Birth name Flula Borg
Also known as Flula, DJ Flula
Born (1982-03-28) March 28, 1982 (age 35)
Origin Erlangen, West Germany
Genres Electronic dance music, hip hop, rap
Occupation(s) actor, screenwriter, comedian, YouTuber, DJ, MC/rapper/hype man, singer, songwriter, record producer , audio engineer
Instruments Vocals, rapping, beatboxing, trombone, accordion, melodica, glockenspiel, stylophone, baritone
Years active 2007–present
Website http://www.flulaborg.com/

Flula Borg (born March 28, 1982) is a German actor, comedian, musician, and YouTube personality who is better known as DJ Flula or simply Flula (sometimes stylized as f|u|a). He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[1] Borg has appeared in several feature films, including Pitch Perfect 2, and a number of popular TV shows. He has collaborated with both well-known YouTubers, including Rhett and Link, Miranda Sings, Smosh, and many more, and mainstream celebrities such as Sir Mix-A-Lot, RZA, and Dirk Nowitzki.[2][3][4] In 2015, he was named one of The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Digital Stars[5] as well as one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch.[6]

Films and television[edit]

In 2015, Borg co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2[7] as a co-leader of the German a cappella group Das Sound Machine (also known as DSM)[8] and later in the year he appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.[9] Buddymoon, a feature film written and produced by Borg, David Giuntoli, and filmmaker Alex Simmons, and starring Borg and Giuntoli, was shown at several major film festivals in early 2016. It won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival and was acquired by Gravitas Ventures for theatrical release.[10] Later that same year, Lionsgate Films announced a development deal with Borg under which he will serve as star, executive producer, and writer of two upcoming feature films.[11] In December 2017, he will appear as the voice actor for Hans the Horse in Blue Sky Studios' Ferdinand.[12]

In addition to his film work, Borg has acted in a number of TV series, including Younger, Workaholics, and Silicon Valley. He has also been a guest on two episodes of the Netflix series Chelsea with Chelsea Handler[13] and has appeared regularly on the game show @midnight with Chris Hardwick,[14] including the series' penultimate episode. He has been a guest on Conan multiple times. Most notably, he accompanied Conan O'Brien to Germany and served as his informal guide when the show traveled to Berlin for a week.[15] In 2017, Borg's own social action special Flulanthropy premiered on the streaming channel Seeso.[16]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013-2014 Auction Hunters Himself/Handyman Four episodes
2015 The Grace Helbig Show Himself/Guest
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Pieter Kramer
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Man behind the mask
2015-2016 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself/Guest Three episodes
2015-2017 @midnight Himself/Guest Eight episodes
2016 Younger Dorff Two episodes
2016 Buddymoon Flula Also co-writer and co-producer
2016 Dirty 30 DJ DJ
2016 Chelsea Himself/Guest Two episodes
2016-2017 Conan Himself/Guest Five episodes
2017 Workaholics Jimmy Sparx
2017 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Joe Troplong
2017 Silicon Valley Joel
2017 Killing Hasselhoff Alcee
2017 Ferdinand Hans Voice
2017 Flulanthropy Himself Also writer and producer

Digital media[edit]

Flula appearing in a Vlogbrothers video in 2016.

Flula regularly posts videos on YouTube and his channel has amassed nearly 800,000 subscribers and over 93 million total views since its launch in 2007.[17] Some of his most popular videos are his vlogs, most notably "Jennifer is a Party Pooper",[18] and his AutoTunes series, in which he records cover songs live in a car. His AutoTunes video with YouTube celebrity Chester See, a cover of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet, has close to four million views and was nominated for a Streamy Award in 2014.[19] He is also known for his celebrity interviews, and for creating EDM tracks from sound clips gathered during many of those interviews. Celebrities interviewed on Flula's YouTube channel include Will Ferrell and the cast of Anchorman 2, Vince Vaughn, Tina Fey, Anna Kendrick and the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, Larry King, Michael Phelps and other 2016 Summer Olympians, and many others.

In addition to his own channel, Flula has been featured on other popular YouTube channels, including Smosh, vlogbrothers, the Fine Brothers' YouTubers React series, Madilyn Bailey, jacksfilms, Screen Junkies, and many more. In 2014, Flula's YouTube channel was listed on New Media Rockstars' Top 100 Channels, ranked at #69,[20] and in 2015 he won the Streamy Award for Comedy in recognition of his humorous contributions on YouTube.[21]

Music[edit]

From his beginnings as a Schuhplattler dancer in Germany[22] and through many years of live performance and YouTube content, music has always been an important part of Flula's work. After releasing his single "Sweet Potato Casserole" in 2011,[23] he was listed at #3 on Billboard's Next Big Sound chart.[24] In the same year, his single "Dirk Nowitzki, German Moses" coincided with the Dallas Mavericks' NBA championship run and was picked up by ESPN and other mainstream outlets.[25][26] In 2014 he composed the theme song for Grace Helbig's podcast, Not Too Deep[27] and starred in Rhett and Link's "It's My Belly Button" music video.[1] In 2015 he was chosen to create the theme song for The Grace Helbig Show on E! Entertainment Television.[28]

Also in 2015 Flula released a five-track EP titled I Want To Touch You.[29] Videos for all five songs were posted to his YouTube channel. In early 2016, he released a full-length album called Animalbum that was produced by comedian and producer of The Bachelor, Elan Gale. All songs on the album are related to animals, both real and mythological, and all proceeds will be donated to Wags and Walks, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that rescues dogs from shelters and places them in suitable homes.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hageland, Kevin (2013-03-19). "The Accidental Tourist: Flula, a German DJ, gives tour for Allen City TV". StarLocalMedia.com. Star Local Media (Allen [TX] American online newspaper). Retrieved 2015-01-06. 
  2. ^ Goodman, William (2013-09-26). "Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' Gets Auto-Tune Remix... In A Car". HuffingtonPost.com. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  3. ^ Gutelle, Sam (2014-08-05). "DJ Flula Borg Hypes Upcoming Festival With Google Hangout". Tubefilter.com. Tubefilter, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  4. ^ Helin, Kurt (2013-07-18). "Dirk Nowitzki sings "Satisfaction" with German DJ Flula, Mavs cheerleaders". ProBasketballTalk.NBCSports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  5. ^ Jarvey, Natalie; Svetkey, Benjamin (2015-07-10). "THR's Top 25 Digital Stars". HollywoodReporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-08-05. 
  6. ^ Blair, Iain (2015-07-14). "10 Comics to Watch: YouTube Star Flula Borg Breaks Stereotypes About German Humor". Variety.com. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 2017-08-05. 
  7. ^ Yamato, Jen (2014-05-29). "'Pitch Perfect 2' Adds German YouTuber Flula Borg". Deadline.com. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  8. ^ Stack, Tim (2014-11-21). "Game On, Pitches!". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly & Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Andy (2015-12-08). "'Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip' Review". BigShinyRobot.com. Big Shiny Robot. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  10. ^ Lincoln, Ross (2016-03-31). "Gravitas Ventures Travels With Slamdance Audience Winner 'Buddymoon'". deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  11. ^ Spangler, Todd (2016-10-17). "YouTube Comedian-DJ Flula Borg Inks Lionsgate Deal for Two Movies (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.com. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  12. ^ Hanstock, Bill (2017-03-28). "John Cena Achieves His Final Form As A Talking Bull In The Trailer For 'Ferdinand'". Uproxx.com. UPROXX Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  13. ^ Weiss, Geoff (2016-08-26). "Smosh, Mamrie Hart, And Flula Borg Share Influencer Insights On Netflix's 'Chelsea'". Tubefilter.com. Tubefilter, Inc. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  14. ^ "@Midnight: A Guest Stars & Air Dates Guide". Epguides.com. epguides.com. 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  15. ^ Gutelle, Sam (2016-12-08). "YouTube Star Flula Borg Joins Conan O'Brien For A Trip To Berlin". Tubefilter.com. Tubefilter, Inc. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (2017-03-30). "'There's…Johnny!', 'Harmonquest' Season 2, More Get Summer Premiere Dates On Seeso". Deadline.com. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  17. ^ "YouTube "About" page". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  18. ^ "'Jennifer Is A Party Pooper': Flula Borg Has Some Questions About Your Bowels". HuffingtonPost.com. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  19. ^ "4th Annual Streamy Awards Nominees". Streamys.org. Streamys. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  20. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 100-76!". NewMediaRockstars.com. New Media Rockstars. 2014-12-30. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Streamy Awards 5th Annual Nominees". Streamys.org. Streamys. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  22. ^ Teng, Elaine (2015-05-14). "The Time Anna Kendrick Said I Smelled Like an Old Cinnamon Cupcake". NewRepublic.com. New Republic. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  23. ^ "Flula's Thanksgiving Rap: Sweet Potato Casserole 4 Life". HuffingtonPost.com. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  24. ^ "Next Big Sound". Billboard.com. Billboard. 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  25. ^ Wilkie, Jim (2011-05-18). "DJ Flula's Nowitzki song can't be beat". ESPN.Go.com. ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  26. ^ Freeman, Eric (2011-05-12). "Listen to "His Name Is Dirk," your new Mavericks anthem". Sports.Yahoo.com. Yahoo Sports & NBC Sports Network. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  27. ^ Grace Helbig (2014-10-13). "Not Too Deep with Grace, Ep. 7 - Flula". SoundCloud.com (Podcast). SoundCloud Ltd. Retrieved 2017-08-05. Flula is on the podcast! Well, he is every week in a way... (Because he did all our theme music.) 
  28. ^ "DJ Flula Creates Clutch Theme Song for Helbig". EOnline.com. E! Entertainment Television, LLC & NBCUniversal. 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  29. ^ Gutelle, Sam (2015-09-28). "With His New EP, YouTube Star Flula Borg Says "I Want To Touch You"". Tubefilter.com. Tubefilter, Inc. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  30. ^ Nahas, Aili (2016-05-17). "YouTube Star Flula Is Teaming Up with a Bachelor Producer — Find Out Why!". Pets.People.com. Time, Inc. Archived from the original on 2016-05-22. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 

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