Lloyd Ahlquist

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Lloyd Ahlquist
Birth name Lloyd Leonard Ahlquist
Also known as EpicLLOYD
Born (1977-01-18) January 18, 1977 (age 39)
Staten Island, New York
Genres Hip Hop, Comedy, Nerdcore
Occupation(s) YouTube Personality, Comedian, Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Producer
Years active 1999-present
Associated acts George Watsky, DeStorm, Alex Farnham, Zach Sherwin, Ray William Johnson, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Colin J. Sweeney, Shay Carl, Rhett and Link, KassemG, Smosh, Nice Peter, Mary Doodles, Kaseem G, Jenna Marbles

Lloyd Leonard Ahlquist (born January 18, 1977), better known as his online alias EpicLLOYD, is an American internet personality best known for the YouTube video series Epic Rap Battles of History,[1] along with Peter Shukoff, known as "Nice Peter".[2][3] Ahlquist has performed as an MC, actor, improviser and writer.[4] In addition to the rap battles, Ahlquist, along with Shukoff, appeared in a cameo in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

Comedy and Theater[edit]

Ahlquist was the former General Manager and Artistic Director of M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater.[5] Ahlquist also studied at UMass Amherst and later trained in Chicago at The Second City, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theatre. Ahlquist was one of the founding members of Mission IMPROVable, and continues to perform with the group weekly in their show "The Grind"[6] while serving on the Board of Directors of M.i. Productions.[7] He founded the comedy troupe after dropping out of the University of Massachusetts with five classmates.[8]

In August 2014, Ahqluist hosted YouTube's first live-streamed improv comedy event, "Off the Top."[9]

YouTube[edit]

Solo channel[edit]

Lloyd runs his own YouTube channel that launched on April 20, 2011. Ahlquist has a staple series on his own channel, titled "Dis Raps For Hire", which featured Ahlquist taking a user-submitted comment asking Ahlquist to lyrically "destroy" or insult another person that is bullying or harassing the user.[10][11] To date, 16 "Dis Raps for Hire" have been produced. Season 2 of "Dis Raps for Hire" started on March 11, 2013.

On July 17, 2012, Lloyd's channel hit 200,000 subscribers. As a "thank you" gesture, he produced a parody of the Cinnamon challenge.[12] In 2016, Lloyd hit 400,000 subscribers.

Epic Rap Battles of History[edit]

Further information: Epic Rap Battles of History

In 2010, Ahlquist partnered with Peter Shukoff to create Epic Rap Battles of History under Maker Studios[13] sometime after Ahlquist, Shukoff and Zach Sherwin (a guest in the rap battles), were playing Check OneTwo, a freestyle rap improv game where they took suggestions from the audience of famous people to battle rap off the top of their heads.[14] Ahlquist has played several characters in the successful[14][15] rap battles including Bill O'Reilly and Adolf Hitler.[16] Epic Rap Battles of History received four wins at the 3rd Streamy Awards, with Ahlquist receiving one of the four awards.[17] By October 2014, the rap battles accumulated a total view count of over 1 billion, excluding the hundreds of millions of views earned by the season 1 episodes.[18]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Dis Raps for Hire - Season 1 (2013)
  • Here - EP (2016)

Songs[edit]

  • Dis Raps For Hire - Charles
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Southwest High School
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Christian
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Jennifer
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Justin
  • Dis Raps For Hire - James
  • Dis Raps For Hire - William, Reshad, and Tyrance
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Daniel
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Joan
  • Gift Raps For Hire - Momma Metcalf
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Glasscock
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Jason and Ramone
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Steven, Lucas, Mark, and Nelson
  • Dis Raps For Hire - EthanAlways
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Diamond
  • Dis Raps For Hire - Jerome
  • The L-Verse
  • Coming Up Short
  • Pawn
  • Ninja
  • Mr. Nothing
  • I Aint Got No Watch (I Aint Got No Bling)
  • New Things
  • Holding The Seams Together
  • Scars
  • Cheap Beer
  • Space
  • Pops Over the Falls

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010–present Epic Rap Battles of History various roles web series
2011 X-Men: First Class Rejects Prof. Doug Xavier web short
2011 The League Dr. Andre Nodick Season 3, Episode 1, "The Lockout"
2012 Ninja - Part 2 Sam Macaroni web video[19]
2012 Epic Rap Battle of Manliness Jogger Rhett and Link web video[20]
2013 Key & Peele Rap Battle Host Episode #3.1
2014 The Most Popular Girls in School Darren Darabond Episodes 50–52
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Surfer Dude
2016 Crossroads of History[21] LLOYD web series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Show Category Result Recipient(s)
2013 3rd Streamy Awards Best Writing: Comedy Nominated Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist
Best Original Song Won -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COACH LLOYD ALQHUIST DOING IT WELL….". USS Rock N Roll. July 30, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Trevor Gould (January 5, 2012). "Q&A with Epic Rap Battles of History co-creator Epic Lloyd". Northern Arizona News. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Epic Rap Battles of History: Sherlock vs. Batman". Starpulse. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "About Epic Rap Battles". Epic Rap Battles of History. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ahlquist, Lloyd". Westside Comedy. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Grind". 
  7. ^ "LLoyd Ahlquist". Mission Improvable. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hart, Hugh (June 29, 2014). "Make Every Second Count: 8 Rules for YouTube Success From the Creators of Epic Rap Battles". Fast Company. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Spangler, Todd (July 31, 2014). "YouTube Worldwide Live Improv Comedy Event to Be Hosted by Epic Rap Battles' Lloyd Ahlquist". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Epic Lloyd will destroy you". Mimic Lives. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Don't Party". Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lloyd Ahlquist (August 1, 2012). "A Cinnamon Challenge Thank You". Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ "EpicLLOYD". ReverbNation. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Michael Humphrey (October 26, 2011). "Epic Rap Battles of History: Talking Brash Wit With A YouTube Hit". Forbes. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ Angela Watercutter (February 1, 2012). "Video: Master Chief Faces Off Against Leonidas in Epic Rap Battle". Wired. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Vader takes on 'Hitler' in historical rap battle". CNN Geek Out. December 22, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ Bryce J. Renninger (February 20, 2013). "'Halo,' 'Burning Love,' and 'Epic Rap Battles' Lead 3rd Streamy Award Winners". IndieWire. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  18. ^ Gutelle, Sam (October 1, 2014). "'Epic Rap Battles of History' To Begin Weekly Battles On November 10th". Tubefilter. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ Sam Macaroni. "Ninja - Part 2 with Epic Lloyd". SamMacaroni.com. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  20. ^ "EPIC RAP BATTLE OF MANLINESS". RhettandLink. YouTube. September 12, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ Crossroads of History. "Equal Rights for Women". YouTube. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Lloyd Ahlquist at the Internet Movie Database