Ahlquist in 2014
|Birth name||Lloyd Leonard Ahlquist|
|Also known as||EpicLLOYD|
|Born||January 18, 1977|
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Comedy hip hop, nerdcore|
Lloyd Leonard Ahlquist (born January 18, 1977), better known by his online alias EpicLLOYD, is an American internet personality best known for the YouTube video series Epic Rap Battles of History, along with Peter Shukoff ("Nice Peter"). Ahlquist has performed as an MC, actor, improviser and writer. 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
Ahlquist was formerly the General Manager and Artistic Director of M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater. 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" while serving on the Board of Directors of M.i. Productions. He founded the comedy troupe after dropping out of the University of Massachusetts with five classmates.
In August 2014, Ahqluist hosted YouTube's first live-streamed improv comedy event, "Off the Top." A trailer for "Epic Studios", a show starring Ahlquist, was released in 2015 and the first episodes were posted to his personal YouTube channel in April 2017.
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. To date, 16 "Dis Raps for Hire" have been produced. Season 2 of "Dis Raps for Hire" started on March 11, 2013.
Starting in 2017, EpicLLOYD has also run the series Epic Studios, where he portrays a fictional version of himself as he struggles to keep the Canadian music studio he inherited from his father from being turned into condos.
Epic Rap Battles of History
In 2010, Ahlquist partnered with Peter Shukoff to create Epic Rap Battles of History under Maker Studios 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. Ahlquist has played several characters in the successful rap battles including Bill O'Reilly and Adolf Hitler. Epic Rap Battles of History received four wins at the 3rd Streamy Awards, with Ahlquist receiving one of the four awards. 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. As of early 2018, the Epic Rap Battle channel had over 2.8 billion views.
- Dis Raps for Hire - Season 1 (2013)
- Here - EP (2016)
- Dis Raps for Hire - Season 2 (2018)
- 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
- Dis Raps For Hire - Katrina & Cheyenne
- Dis Raps For Hire - This Guy
- The L-Verse
- Coming Up Short
- Mr. Nothing
- I Aint Got No Watch (I Aint Got No Bling)
- New Things
- Holding The Seams Together
- Cheap Beer
- Pops Over the Falls
|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|
|2012||Epic Rap Battle of Manliness||Jogger||Rhett and Link web video|
|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, Seagull|
|2016||Crossroads of History||LLOYD||web series|
|2016||Dirty 30||Homeless Man|
Awards and nominations
|2013||3rd Streamy Awards||Best Writing: Comedy||Nominated||Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist|
|Best Original Song||Won||-|
- "COACH LLOYD ALQHUIST DOING IT WELL…". USS Rock N Roll. July 30, 2012. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- Trevor Gould (January 5, 2012). "Q&A with Epic Rap Battles of History co-creator Epic Lloyd". Northern Arizona News. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Epic Rap Battles of History: Sherlock vs. Batman". Starpulse. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
- "About Epic Rap Battles". Epic Rap Battles of History. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Ahlquist, Lloyd". Westside Comedy. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "The Grind".
- "LLoyd Ahlquist". Mission Improvable. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gutelle, Sam (March 9, 2015). "'Epic Rap Battles' Star Lloyd Ahlquist Plans 'Epic Studios' Web Series". Tubefilter. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- Gutelle, Sam (April 27, 2017). "'Epic Rap Battles Of History' Co-Star Lloyd Ahlquist Premieres New Web Series 'Epic Studios'". Tubefilter. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- "Epic Lloyd will destroy you". Mimic Lives. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Don't Party". Archived from the original on May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Lloyd Ahlquist (August 1, 2012). "A Cinnamon Challenge Thank You". Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- "EpicLLOYD". ReverbNation. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Michael Humphrey (October 26, 2011). "Epic Rap Battles of History: Talking Brash Wit With A YouTube Hit". Forbes. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Angela Watercutter (February 1, 2012). "Video: Master Chief Faces Off Against Leonidas in Epic Rap Battle". Wired. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Vader takes on 'Hitler' in historical rap battle". CNN Geek Out. December 22, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Bryce J. Renninger (February 20, 2013). "'Halo,' 'Burning Love,' and 'Epic Rap Battles' Lead 3rd Streamy Award Winners". IndieWire. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- Gutelle, Sam (October 1, 2014). "'Epic Rap Battles of History' To Begin Weekly Battles On November 10th". Tubefilter. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- "ERB YouTube About Page". Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- Sam Macaroni. "Ninja - Part 2 with Epic Lloyd". SamMacaroni.com. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "EPIC RAP BATTLE OF MANLINESS". RhettandLink. YouTube. September 12, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- Crossroads of History. "Equal Rights for Women". YouTube. Retrieved April 22, 2016.