Max Gilardi

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Max Gilardi
HotDiggetyDemon 2014.jpg
Gilardi at Animate Miami in 2014
Personal information
Born (1988-01-28) January 28, 1988 (age 34)
YouTube information
Years active2007–present
Subscribers1.88 million[1]
Total views393.87 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017

Last updated: 10 Jul 2022

Max Gilardi (born January 28, 1988),[2][3] also known as Max G and or by his Internet pseudonym HotDiggedyDemon, is an American animator, voice actor, artist and YouTuber. He is best known for his "PONY.MOV" web series (a parody of the popular children's animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and his media analysis series "Brain Dump".

Early life and education[edit]

Gilardi was born in Massachusetts in 1988.[3][4] He attended the Art Institute of Boston briefly before dropping out.[5] He is of Italian ancestry.


Gilardi, under the name "HotDiggedyDemon", first started creating Flash animations in the early 2000s on[4] In 2007, he began uploading his work to his YouTube channel as well. That year, he created the "Jerry" series, an animated web series detailing the terrible life of a man named Jerry.[3]

In 2010, he created the "Wacky Game Jokez, 4 Kidz!" series, also known as "WGJ4K", featuring video game-based humor. In addition to creating animations, he co-hosted the Wisenheimers podcast with fellow animator Yotam Perel from 2010 to 2012.[6]

From 2011 to 2013, he gained notability for releasing his six-part video parody of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "PONY.MOV", an adult animated dark comedy web series in the art style of John Kricfalusi and Spümcø's The Ren & Stimpy Show.[7][8] The series grew as a spin-off of Gilardi's Tumblr webcomic, "Ask Jappleack", and each video highlights a different character from the main cast of the television series.

He also gained notability for his parodies for video games like Five Nights at Freddy's, Cuphead, and Animal Crossing, due to their dark nature. The Animal Crossing parody has Isabelle, an innocent character in the game, worshiping Karl Marx.[9][10]

Gilardi has over one million subscribers on YouTube.[11] The majority of his videos are self-made: written, animated, and voiced[5] by himself. In his more recent projects, he has experimented with 3D animation.[5][12] On September 2, 2016, Gilardi launched a new YouTube series titled "Brain Dump" in which he reviews movies, often satirically.[13] The series has since become the main series on Gilardi's channel with an overarching narrative featuring a ghost called Goofball and a living television called Burnbot.

Gilardi has cited Craig McCracken, Matt Groening, John Kricfalusi, Jhonen Vasquez, Danny Antonucci, Genndy Tartakovsky, United Productions of America, Hanna-Barbera, Junji Ito, Akira Toriyama, Bill Watterson, and early Charles Schulz as influences on his art and animation.[14][15] He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Year Title Role Notes
2019 SpongeBob SquarePants N/A Storyboard artist; 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Eddsworld The Delivery Guy 1 episode
2011–2013 PONY.MOV Various Also animator
2016–present Brain Dump Max, Goofball, Various Also animator, writer, director


  1. ^ a b "About hotdiggedydemon". YouTube.
  2. ^ Max G [@hotdiggedydemon] (January 29, 2016). "Thanks for all the birthday drawings ..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on February 5, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b c "Gilardi Animates Jerry's Daily Grind". Cold Hard Flash. June 27, 2007. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b McCloud, Skye (May 5, 2004). "[ NG Mag ]- Max Gilardi". Newgrounds. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Hotdiggedydemon • Frequently Asked Questions!". Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Wisenheimers by Wisenheimers on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  7. ^ Woerner, Meredith (June 26, 2012). "Incredibly messed-up short gives My Little Ponys's Pinkie Pie a sex tape". io9. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  8. ^ Stohs-Krause, Hilary (December 26, 2013). "BEST OF 2013: 'Brony' fandom carves out space for young men to enjoy friendship ... and cartoon ponies". Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "A Cuphead fan has made his own cartoon". Hypertext. November 20, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "Isabelle Has Some Revolutionary Ideas For Running Your Animal Crossing Town". Kotaku. January 25, 2016. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  11. ^ "hotdiggedydemon YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics". Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Person, Chris (August 19, 2013). "King of the Hill, In Eye-Popping 3D". Kotaku. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  13. ^ Max G [@hotdiggedydemon] (September 2, 2016). "Please watch my new clickbate / movie review show, BRAIN DUMP! ..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on February 6, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2016 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Hotdiggedydemon Tumblr". Tumblr. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  15. ^ "Hotdiggedydemon Tumblr". Tumblr. Retrieved October 13, 2021.

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