Dan Avidan

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Dan Avidan
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Born
Leigh Daniel Avidan

(1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 42)
Springfield, New Jersey, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
Occupation
Years active2002–present
Musical career
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Background information
Also known asDanny Sexbang
Genres
  • Comedy
  • Music
  • Gaming
Associated acts
  • Game Grumps
  • Ninja Sex Party
  • Arin Hanson
  • TWRP
  • Starbomb
  • Steel Panther
  • Skyhill
  • The Northern Hues
Websiteninjasexparty.com

Dan Avidan (born March 14, 1979) is an American Billboard-Topping musician, comedian, and internet personality. He is best known for his musical collaborative project/duo - Ninja Sex Party, which has over 1.37 million followers on YouTube.[1] This group has been disrupting the American Entertainment Industry for the past decade, becoming the 2018 Billboard’s #1 selling comedy act with over 290 million YouTube views.[2][3]

Avidan is a renowned entertainer and musician who is currently a member of the Starbomb, a group highly acclaimed for its video game parodies.[4] He has gained popularity for creating humorous content that resonates with the modern-day public becoming a YouTube sensation, amassing over 325 million views on Youtube.[5][6]

Apart from his successful career as a musician, Avidan has also been a part of some major films and web series such as A Heist with Markiplier, DJs in PJs, Good Mythical Morning, Dick Figures, and Game Grumps to name a few.[7] Some formerly associated acts of Avidan include Steel Panther, Skyhill, The Northern Hues, and TWRP. [8][9][10]

Early life and education

Avidan was born on March 14, 1979. Avidan’s father, Avigdor, was an Israeli who served in the Yom Kippur War.[11][12] Upon migrating to the US, he married Debra Schwartz and became a father to Dan[13] and Dana.[14][15] Avidan’s maternal grandfather played an integral role in the invention of the body electrode.[16][17][18]

Avidan graduated from the Jonathan Dayton High School in 1997[19] and then enrolled in Boston University, where he pursued a course in advertising.[20] During his senior year at college, Avidan participated in a student exchange program and went to Tufts University satellite campus in Talloires, France, where he studied Botany and Epidemiology.[21]

Career

The Northern Hues

Avidan started his career in 2002 when he joined the Northern Hues, an indie rock band from Philadelphia.[22] Avidan became the lead singer of this band consisting of five other members, namely Aron Brand, Jeff Rains, Alex Yaker, Justin Earley, and Ian Creech.[23] During his time with this band, apart from his role as a lead singer, Avidan also did songwriting. Three years later, after he joined the Northern Hues, the band released a self-titled EP, followed by one live track shot at World Cafe Live.[24] In the same year (2005) after the band split up due to personality conflicts and creative differences.[25]

Skyhill

A year after his exit from the Northern Hues, Avidan collaborated with Peter Lennox to start a Duo - Skyhill, specializing in alternative rock.[26] He once again took the role of a lead singer and lyricist, and by 2007 they released the debut album for the duo titled Run With the Hunted.[27] The following year, this Brooklyn-based duo did a music tour across New York but unfortunately split up the very same year due to lost passion.[28][29] Later, in 2015 Skyhill collaborated for old times sake to release a single titled Firefly which received a great reception from the audience.[30] In 2020, the Skyhill once again came together to release yet another single titled Howling at the Moon on Youtube.[31][32]

Ninja Sex Party

In 2009, Avidan became a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in order to study and explore storytelling and improv. Under the guidance of his mentors Zach Woods and Margot Leitman<re>Game Grumps (July 28, 2015). "Super Mario Galaxy: Here's Looking at Ya – PART 10 – Game Grumps". YouTube. Game Grumps. Archived from the original on November 4, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2016.</ref> at this theatre, Avidan decided to embark on yet another musical journey and started the Ninja Sex Party project with Brian Wecht, a music director.[33][34] For this project, Danny Sexbang[35] became Avidan’s character and Ninja Brian became Wecht’s character. The duo rose to prominence after appearing as musical guests on Leitman's improvisational comedy show Stripped Stories.[36][37] Ninja Sex Party is a creative project that revolved around the major character following a set performance theme, wherein a Jewish superhero who wears a unitard with his closest friend, a ninja, and together they perform songs about dicks and try, unsuccessfully, to hit on ladies. Since its inception, Ninja Sex Party has released several five original albums, three cover albums,[38][39] and multiple singles, many of which have charted on Billboard.[40][41][42] The duo has also performed at various film festivals such as Dragon Con,[43] SXSW,[44] and the now-defunct LACS.[45][46][47]

Game Grumps and other web-series’

In 2013, Avidan became a co-host for Game Grumps,[48] a web series created by Arin Hanson.[49][50] Eventually, he gained recognition after a series of contempt from the audience of the show which resulted in him co-hosting Steam Train, Game Grumps spin-off show.[51] Avidan remained a co-host of the show until its discontinuation.[52][53] Apart from that, Avidan has also co-hosted several other shows such as Grumpcade,[54] Table Flip, and Steam Rolled, as well as providing narration for Hunting Monsters.[55][56]

Starbomb

Avidan in 2013 also started a side project band named Starbomb with Wecht and Hanson where he served as the lead singer.[57][58][59] Starbomb is noted for its video game parody songs, which echo Avidan's sexually aggressive music stylings from his project Ninja Sex Party and Hanson's video game-based comedy.[60] As of 2021, the group has released three albums, all of which have been placed on various Billboard charts.[61][62][63][64]

Other Collaborations

In 2009 Avidan collaborated with William J. Sullivan and released multiple themes and background tracks for various shows such as Power Rangers RPM,[65] and White Collar.[66][67] Some of his other collaborations include hosting Dirty Shorts, co-creating DJs in PJs,[68] composing Dick Figures: The Movie:[69] The Song, and others.[70] He has also appeared on various YouTube web series as a guest, including Did You Know Gaming?,[71] and Good Mythical Morning.[72] Avidan has even performed and collaborated with numerous other artists and bands including Steel Panther, Super Guitar Bros, and two miniseries with Mondo Media. He also co-created the podcast Balls in Your Ear, where he and co-host Josh Sprague discuss football-related issues.[73][74]

In 2015, Avidan got the opportunity to star as eSports coach Alex Taylor in several untitled comedy web series[75] for YouTube Premium created by Jesse Cox and Michele Morrow.[76][77] Two years later the series was named Good Game[78] after gaining mass public recognition.[79]

Discography

S. No. Title Year Type
1 Dan Avidan & Super Guitar Bros 2020 Album (Solo)
2 The Northern Hues EP 2004 EP
Ninja Sex Party
3 NSFW 2011 Album
4 Strawberries and Cream 2013 Album
5 Attitude City 2015 Album
6 Under the Covers 2016 Album
7 Under the Covers, Vol. II 2017 Album
8 Cool Patrol 2018 Album
9 Under the Covers, Vol. III 2019 Album
10 The Prophecy 2020 Album
Starbomb
11 Starbomb 2013 Album
12 Player Select 2014 Album
13 The TryForce 2019 Album
As a guest
14 William J. Sullivan – "Backside" 2014 -
15 Kyle Carrozza – "Mighty Magiswords" 2015 -
16 Night Runner – "Magnum Bullets" 2017 -
17 TWRP – "Starlight Brigade" 2018 -
18 Skyfactor – "A Thousand Sounds" 2019 -
19 TWRP – "Black Swan" 2020 -
20 NateWantsToBattle – "My Own Worst Enemy (Lit cover ft. Dan Avidan)" 2020 -

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
2019 A Heist with Markiplier Alien 2
TBA The Players' Score: A Video Game Music Documentary Himself

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Mighty Magiswords Dan (voice) Episode: "Changeable Terraingable"
2018 Conan Himself Musical guest (as Ninja Sex Party)

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Dirty Shorts Himself 12 episodes
2012 DJs in PJs Slice (voice) 2 episodes
2013–present Game Grumps Himself Co-host
2013–2014 Nacho Punch Uncredited 2 episodes
2013 Idiots Always Ask Himself 3 episodes
2013 The Indoor Kids Himself (voice) Episode: "Getting Grumpy With The Game Grumps"
2014 Dick Figures Danny Sexbang Episode: "DFTM Fan Music Video feat. Ninja Sex Party"
2014 Co-Optitude Himself (voice) Episode: "Twisted Metal"
2015 Did You Know Gaming? Himself (voice) Episode: "Guitar Hero"
2015 Red vs. Blue Lap Fed (voice) 2 episodes
2015 On the Spot Himself Episode: "RTX 2015 (ft. Game Grumps)"
2015 Your Grammar Sucks Danny Sexbang "YOUR GRAMMAR SUCKS #100"
2015–2017 Good Mythical Morning Himself 2 episodes
2016 Jash Waiter Episode: "#DoYourJob"
2016 MatPat's Game Lab Himself Episode: "Can Gamers Defuse BOMBS?"
2016 The Legacy Music Hour Himself (voice) Episode: "Technical Difficulties"
2017 Harmontown Himself (voice) Episode: "Down with Sighty"
2017 Good Game Alex Taylor 6 episodes
2018 YouTubers React Himself Various episodes
2018 SuperMegaCast Himself Episode: "Dan's Big Secret"

As writer

Year Title Notes
2012 DJs in PJs 2 episodes
2013 The Mythical Show 3 episodes
2013 "Have You Ever" Co-writer; The Mythical Show music video
2013 "CLOWN SHARK SONG" Co-writer; The Mythical Show music video
2013 "YO MAMA BATTLE (of Compliments)" Co-writer; The Mythical Show music video
2013 "Famous Last Words 2" Co-writer; The Mythical Show sketch
2013 "Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical" Co-writer; The Mythical Show music video
2013 "Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs. Geek" Co-writer; Rhett & Link music video

Video games

Year Title Role
2016 Pulsar Arena Danny Sexbang[80]
2017 Pinstripe Daniel the Monster[81]
2017 Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator Robert[82]
2018 Monster Prom Fellow Student
2019 River City Girls Billy Lee
2020 House Party Dan[83]
TBA Hex Heroes Danny[84]

In the media

        

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