Neil Cicierega

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Neil Cicierega
Neil Cicierega speaking at XOXO 2016 (cropped).png
Neil Cicierega speaking at XOXO in September 2016
BornNeil Stephen Cicierega
(1986-08-23) August 23, 1986 (age 32)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
ResidenceSomerville, Massachusetts, United States
Other namesDeporitaz
Lemon Demon
OccupationInternet artist, comedian, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, singer, musician, animator
Known forAnimutation, flash animation, making Mashups
Ming Doyle (m. 2015)

Neil Stephen Cicierega[1] (/ˌsɪsɪˈrɡə/ SISS-i-REE-gə; born August 23, 1986) is an American Internet artist, comedian, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, singer, musician, and animator. He is the creator of the genre of Flash animation known as "Animutation", and has released several albums as a musician under the name of "Lemon Demon" and has more recently released a series of mashup albums under his own name.

Early life[edit]

Cicierega was born in Boston, Massachusetts.[2] Cicierega's father was a programmer, so Cicierega was surrounded by computers growing up. At a young age, Cicierega began using a program named Klik & Play, a simplistic game developing program. By the fourth grade, Cicierega's parents began homeschooling him along with his brother and sister. Cicierega continued making amateur games and even began creating digital music to feature in his games. Soon, Cicierega began sharing his music on the Internet through the music sharing website under the name Trapezoid.[3]



Cicierega is known for a series of dadaist or surrealist Flash animations he termed "Animutation".[4] Animutations feature arbitrary, nonsensical scenes and pop culture imagery and are typically set to novelty or foreign music, often from the Japanese version of Pokémon. One of his earliest works entitled Hyakugojyuuichi was published on the web, and was described as a "hit" in 2001 by Salon magazine.[4][dead link]

Potter Puppet Pals[edit]

Cicierega's Potter Puppet Pals is a comedy series which parodies Harry Potter. It originated as a pair of Flash animations on Newgrounds in 2003, and later resurfaced in the form of a series of live action puppet shows released onto YouTube and, starting in 2006 and continuing to the present. The central characters of the Harry Potter series are portrayed simply by puppets. The most successful Potter Puppet Pals video, The Mysterious Ticking Noise, currently has over 183 million views (as of November 2018).[5] Cicierega has done puppetry live at Harry Potter-themed events.

Lemon Demon[edit]

Lemon Demon performing in 2006.

Since 2003, Cicierega has released 9 full-length albums under his musical project Lemon Demon.[6] In 2005, he and animator Shawn Vulliez released a Flash animated music video "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" on Newgrounds. This reached over 12 million views on Newgrounds as well as topping the "Funny Five" on The Dr. Demento Show for several weeks and becoming the No. 1 Request for 2006.[citation needed] The song was later included in the 2006 album Dinosaurchestra. An updated recording of the song was released to the Rock Band Network in 2010.[7]

In April 2009, Cicierega released his first four albums as free downloads on his site "", however they are now currently hosted on "".

In January 2016, Cicierega announced Spirit Phone, a full-length Lemon Demon album released on February 29, 2016.[8] On July 10th, 2018, it was announced that copies of the album on CD, cassette tape and vinyl would be sold through Needlejuice Records. These are expected to ship near Halloween.

Mashup albums[edit]

Cicierega has also created mashup music under his own name. He released two mashup albums, Mouth Sounds and Mouth Silence, as free downloads in 2014, and a third, Mouth Moods, in 2017. These albums often include Smash Mouth's "All Star", or in the case of Mouth Silence, Third Eye Blind's "Semi Charmed Life"

Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks[edit]

Cicierega created the darkly satirical "Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks" blog, located at In the blog's telling, Windows 95 is a brooding, evil presence bent on dominating humanity. Most of the posts are faked error messages, with disturbing messages like "Windows needs a lock of your hair to continue," but presented in the exact graphical style of Windows 95. The blog has received favorable press attention.[citation needed]

Video games[edit]

On February 26, 2015, Cicierega announced his first point-and-click adventure game, Icon Architect 1.0.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On August 8, 2015, Cicierega married illustrator Ming Doyle. He currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has a younger sister named Emmy, a storyboard artist who notably worked on the Disney animated series Gravity Falls.[10] She is currently working on DuckTales.[citation needed]


  • Outsmart (2000) – Deporitaz
  • Microwave This CD (2001) – Deporitaz
  • Dimes (2002) – Deporitaz
  • Clown Circus (2003) – Lemon Demon
  • Live From The Haunted Candle Shop (2003) – Lemon Demon
  • Hip To The Javabean (2004) – Lemon Demon
  • Damn Skippy (2005) – Lemon Demon
  • Dinosaurchestra (2006) – Lemon Demon
  • Circa 2000 (2007) – Deporitaz
  • View-Monster (2008) – Lemon Demon
  • Almanac 2009 (2009) – Lemon Demon
  • "BRODYQUEST" (2010) – Neil Cicierega
  • Live (Only Not) (2011) – Lemon Demon
  • I Am Become Christmas EP (2012) – Lemon Demon
  • Nature Tapes EP (2014) – Lemon Demon
  • Mouth Sounds (2014) – Neil Cicierega
  • Mouth Silence (2014) – Neil Cicierega
  • Spirit Phone (2016) – Lemon Demon
  • Mouth Moods (2017) – Neil Cicierega


  1. ^ Jarboe, Greg (October 7, 2011). YouTube and Video Marketing: An Hour a Day. John Wiley & Sons. p. 139. ISBN 9781118203811.
  2. ^ "Neil Cicierega". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Neil Cicierega, Internet Person – XOXO Festival (2016)". XOXO Festival. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Mieszkowski, Katharine; Standen, Amy (April 26, 2001). "All hail Neil Cicierega".[dead link]
  5. ^ Cicierega, Neil (23 March 2007). "Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise". YouTube. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ Emily Sweeney (June 22, 2006). "He's a hit with Internet set". Boston Globe.
  7. ^ "Lemon Demon on Rock Band Network". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  8. ^ "Neil Cicierega Tumblr. | NEW LEMON DEMON ALBUM "SPIRIT PHONE" CALLING..." Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  9. ^ "Icon Architect 1.0". Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Soos and the Real Girl marks my first episode storyboarding for Gravity Falls!". Retrieved 17 May 2017.

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