Jensen-Gerard Karp citation needed] is a producer, writer, actor, podcaster, gallerist, and former rapper. Previously known by his stage name Hot Karl, he signed a record deal with Interscope in his early 20s and has gone on to produce and write for television and radio.[
Karp was raised in Calabasas, California. After a brief stint in hip-hop at 11 years old signed for management to Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate, Karp entered the Roll Call freestyle competition on Los Angeles radio station Power 106, during his time at USC, where he lasted a record 45 days on air to become the show's all-time champion. Karl created a demo exhibiting his satirical style and tightly wound rhymes. He eventually signed with Interscope Records for what he said was a million dollars, where he recorded what was to be his debut album, Your Housekeeper Hates You, which included guest appearances by Redman, Kanye West, will.i.am, DJ Quik, Fabolous, Mýa, Sugar Ray, DJ Clue, and MC Serch. However, Interscope informed Karl that his album could not be commercially released due to scheduling conflicts and he decided to leave Interscope. Jensen released his memoir, Kanye West Owes Me $300 (and other true stories from a white rapper who ALMOST made it big), detailing the entire experience in June 2016 with Crown Books.
In October 2018, Karp joined the cast of the Kevin and Bean morning show, hosted by Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter on alternative rock station KROQ 106.7 FM in Los Angeles. He had a regular segment called "Get Up on This", based on his podcast. On March 18, 2020, it was announced that the entire morning crew had been let go by KROQ, over the phone at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was reported that the station lost half its audience in the 2 weeks after letting them go as office and car listening fell rapidly across America as the pandemic emerged.
He also appeared on Season 1 of VH1's Barely Famous playing Erin Foster's boyfriend and was seen numerous times on the final season of Candidly Nicole. Karp also appeared on Comedy Central's @midnight.  which aired 31 episodes starting in 2017. Karp was credited as an executive producer for 7 episodes.
Karp co-owns and operates Gallery 1988, two pop art focused galleries in Los Angeles, California both located on Melrose Avenue. He co-wrote the book Just Can't Get Enough for Abrams Books with Matthew Robinson. Gallery 1988 is well known for its Kevin Smith hosted annual show, Crazy 4 Cult, where 100 artists reinterpret classic cult movies in their own style. At one time, Karp was also the brand manager and designer for Pete Wentz's Clandestine Industries. His marketing company, Tyson/Givens Design & Marketing created the LOST Underground Art Project for the show's final season and worked with the TV show Breaking Bad. The gallery has also hosted exhibits for movies including The Avengers, Rick & Morty and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
On July 1, 2020, Karp and his wife, Danielle Fishel, started a new podcast called Talk Ain't Cheap, where they analyze and dissect the Cameo accounts of celebrities. They also launched a Patreon account that grants early access to the show, as well as other podcasts and an interactive Instagram game show called Scorantine. The podcast has drawn criticism as the idea was stolen from the Canadian podcast Blocked Party. The show was originally called Word Up! which is a direct copy of Blocked Party's segment title.
On March 22, 2018, Karp got engaged to actress Danielle Fishel. The two attended high school together but only began a romantic relationship after reconnecting as adults. Karp and Fishel married on November 4, 2018. Fishel announced in January 2019 that they were expecting their first child in July 2019. Fishel gave birth to a boy named Adler on June 24, 2019.
In popular culture
Karp appeared on The Howard Stern Show in 2011 to talk about his time in the rap industry and perform The Roll Call with Howard & Lisa G. He also acted as the Creative Director at comedy YouTube Channel, Jash, where he produced and wrote on projects like The ArScheerio Paul Show and the Chance the Rapper music video for "Na Na.". He has written for Rolling Stone, the ESPYs, the MTV Movie and Video Awards, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Funny or Die.
On March 22, 2021, Karp tweeted a photograph of discarded shrimp tails he claimed to have found in a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch he purchased, despite the facility not producing a single product containing shrimp. Additionally, Karp said he found a piece of string, "small black pieces" embedded into some pieces of the cereal, and an object that looked like a pea. The tweet about the alleged incident went viral, bringing safety concerns in General Mills' manufacturing process into question. General Mills later issued a statement on Twitter claiming the tails were "an accumulation of the cinnamon sugar that sometimes can occur when ingredients aren’t thoroughly blended". As of March 23, General Mills claims that the company is investigating the case, but that contamination "did not occur at [their] facility".
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- Fishel, Danielle [@daniellefishel] (Nov 5, 2018). "Mr. & Mrs. Karp. Established 11/04/2018. 📸: @jillianbob 💁🏼♀️: @_hairbylaurie 💄: @julie4makeup Coordinator: @union3events @lisagaskarth…"". Retrieved Jun 30, 2020 – via Instagram.
- Fishel, Danielle [@daniellefishel] (January 2, 2019). "I'm eating for 2. I'm napping w/ wild abandon. Baby shoes. Baby clothes. I'm shopping. I'm nesting. I'm madly in love w/ my husband. I cry at commercials. I'm a walking cliché. I'm confident. I feel inadequate. I'm nervous. I'm excited. He's due in July. We can't wait. #BabyKarp pic.twitter.com/w4qHs4DGbj" (Tweet). Retrieved February 14, 2019 – via Twitter.
- Del Rosario, Alexandra (July 1, 2019). "'Boy Meets World' Star Danielle Fishel and Husband Jensen Karp Welcome Baby Boy a Month Early". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
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- Karp, Jensen (22 March 2021). "Ummmm @CTCSquares – why are there shrimp tails in my cereal? (This is not a bit)". Twitter.
- Karp, Jensen (22 March 2021). "I was convinced to go back through the bag, since when I first noticed the shrimp tails, I freaked out and closed the box. Here's all my findings, which also now includes a weird little string?". Twitter.
- Karp, Jensen (22 March 2021). "For real – someone tell me they aren't like maggots or bugs. Is it shrimp adjacent? (also just found this weird cinnamon covered pea thing?) I wish this was a joke". Twitter.
- D'Zurilla, Christie (2021-03-23). "Jensen Karp didn't plan for the shrimp tails in his Cinnamon Toast Crunch to go viral". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
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