MC Chris

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mc chris
mc chris in April 2007
mc chris in April 2007
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Brendan Ward
Born (1975-09-02) September 2, 1975 (age 44)
Libertyville, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Voice actor
  • comedian
  • rapper
  • writer
Years active2000–present
LabelsMC Chris LLC
Websitewww.mcchris.com

Christopher Brendan Ward (born September 2, 1975), better known by his stage name MC Chris (stylized as mc chris),[1] is an American rapper, voice actor, improvisational comedian, and writer. Associated with the genre of nerdcore hip hop, he is known for the high pitch of his voice and the combination of his "geek" heritage with the "gangster" image associated with many hip hop artists. He has released ten albums, five EPs, one re-release and a tenth anniversary edition of his recordings with The Lee Majors.

Early life[edit]

Ward was born in Libertyville, Illinois. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Career[edit]

Adult Swim[edit]

Ward has appeared on, worked behind the scenes on, and contributed original lyrics to, many Williams Street Studios shows on Adult Swim, most notably Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He was a production assistant and starred as the character MC Pee Pants in the episodes "MC Pee Pants", "Sir Loin", "The Last One", and "Little Brittle",[2] as well as the young Carl in episode 18.[3] He reprised the role of MC Pee Pants in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters and in the PlayStation 2 video game Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am.

Ward worked on Sealab 2021, as a writer and as the recurring character Hesh Hepplewhite, and as the twins who play Dolphin Boy in a behind-the-scenes type of episode. He worked as a production assistant and writer for The Brak Show (including the episodes "Brakstreet" and "Shadows of Heat") and voiced a character on the episode "Brakstreet". He was a contributing writer for Space Ghost: Coast to Coast with a cameo in the episode "Baffler Meal", and voiced Ward Willoughby in the 2002 pilot for Welcome to Eltingville.

In October 2004, he announced his resignation from Cartoon Network on his blog[4] to focus on his recording career. He returned to Adult Swim as a red Gummi bear named Gummi in Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge.[5] He has worked on a cartoon called The mc chris Cartoon, and plans to work in conjunction with the creators of Metalocalypse, although it will not air on Cartoon Network.[6][7][8] Since August 2010, he has created the theme songs for several of the SModcast Internet Radio (S.I.R.) programs, including those for the original SModcast, [Blow Hard,[9] Bagged & Boarded, and Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

Nerdcore hip hop[edit]

Ward originally performed with The Lee Majors. While he is one of the artists most closely associated with the genre of nerdcore hip hop, he has been hesitant to accept the nerdcore label for most of his career, preferring to describe his style as "mc chris music"[10] as well as expressing concern over limiting himself to such a narrow audience and subject matter.[11][12] He has appeared in news stories dealing with nerd culture and nerdcore.[13] Of his nerdcore background, he said "It's nice that a lot of folks consider me part of it. It's actually embarrassing how I used to think I was the only one playing with Star Wars toys and making music, and it just wasn't true. I have absolutely no problem with the label now."[14] He self-releases with no record label.

In 2012, Ward told security guards to eject a fan from the audience at his show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for posting a critical comment on Twitter about Ward's opening act, Richie Branson. After receiving criticism from fans for the incident, Ward apologized in an online video. The fan received a refund, but complained on Reddit that he was humiliated by the experience.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Life's a Bitch and I'm Her Pimp (2001)
  • Knowing Is Half the Hassle (2003)
  • Eating's Not Cheating (2004)
  • Dungeon Master of Ceremonies (2006)
  • MC Chris Is Dead (2008)
  • MC Chris Goes To Hell (2010)
  • Race Wars (September 2, 2011)
  • Foreverrr (2014)
  • MC Chris Is Dreaming (2016)
  • MC Chris Is Good Music (2018)

Children's albums[edit]

  • Marshmellow Playground (2011)
  • Marshmellow Campground (2017)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The New York University 8-Track Discography 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)
  • Apple Tummy (2009)
  • Apple Lung (2012)
  • Apple Bum (2017)

EPs[edit]

  • Part Six Part One (2009)
  • Part Six Part Two (2009)
  • Part Six Part Three (2009)
  • Friends (2012)
  • Kickstape (2013)
  • Foes (2017)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters MC Pee Pants
2008 Nerdcore for Life Himself

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000-2005 Sealab 2021 Hesh Hipplewhite / Various / Yes Brains 19 episodes
2002 Welcome to Eltingville Ward Willoughby / Wilson Episode: "Bring Me the Head of Boba Fett"
Credited as Chistopher Ward
2002 The Brak Show Record Store Worker 2 episodes
2002-2015 Aqua Teen Hunger Force MC Pee Pants / Little Brittle / Sir Loin / Young Carl 6 episodes
2003 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Dancing Man Episode: "Baffler Meal"
2007 Fat Guy Stuck in Internet Gordon 2 episodes
2010 Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge Gummi
2011 Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell Episode: Pilot
2011 The Chris Gethard Show Musical Guest / Panel Episode: The Human Crane Episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ mc chris (2003). 10-Year-Old (song). DC Flag Records. mc chris, lower case, no dots, rewind.
  2. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Episode 9: MC Pee Pants". April 21, 2009. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Episode 18: Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future". March 23, 2009. Archived from the original on March 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "goth beach - so unpredictable". livejournal.com. Archived from the original on July 6, 2007.
  5. ^ "INTERVIEW: mc chris". You Sound Like A Robot. Archived from the original on May 10, 2009.
  6. ^ Wiese, Ben (April 20, 2018). "Nerd-Rapper mc chris Talks New Album, Animation, Trauma and Fatherhood". Westword.
  7. ^ Schwarz, John (June 19, 2013). "MC Chris cancels Kickstarter Campaign for Cartoon…drops @TitmouseInc and switching to Indiegogo". Bubbleblabber.
  8. ^ "None". Archived from the original on July 7, 2012.
  9. ^ "SModcast #131: Limmortality". SModCo. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010.
  10. ^ Burton, Bonnie (June 25, 2007). "mc chris: Napping with Artoo". Fans. Starwars.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  11. ^ Williams, Alex (August 5, 2007). "Dungeons, Dragons and Dope Beats". Fashion & Style. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  12. ^ Miranda, Jeff (November 4, 2007). "Refrain of the nerds". Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  13. ^ myspace.com/mcchris Archived February 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine MC Chris blog. August 22, 2008
  14. ^ "All The Sucker MCs Can Call Me Sire: An Interview with mc chris - Comic Book Resources". comicbookresources.com.
  15. ^ Eakin, Marah (July 19, 2012). "mc chris kicks fan out of show over a nasty tweet, cries about it". The A.V. Club.

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