We Wikipedia Dan: The Early Years – PART 1 – Game Grumps

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We Wikipedia Dan: The Early Years – PART 1 – Game Grumps


Hey I’m Grump! I’m Not So Grump! And we’re the Game Grumps! Hello *Chicken Singing The Weekend* Dan: Sorry, we’re … ah… we’re chicken singing the Weekend *Arin Chicken Singing* Dan: Its enjoyable. Hello and welcome to… uh… Dan Avedon’s Wikipedia page, that’s me! Oh That’s very nice. Thank you. Arin: How do you like that? Dan: I love it. Um.. So Arin did a couple of these and I watched them and I was like they are fucking very interesting and And… uh So let’s, let’s do some of this action Let’s let’s uh, let’s see my life story and see how accurate this is. Arin: I’m interested to see Dan: Okay, so, uh, we’ll start on the right side with that, with that picture…um… I’m wearing my “destroy everything” t-shirt, which was made by my buddy Owen from the Birthday Massacre. Very talented, dude. Arin: And I believe that’s you talking to me off camera. Dan: Yeah, I think so. Arin: This makes me feel a little Mike Wazowski, but, you know, whatever. Dan: I mean it would have been, it would have been you or Jack, right? Arin: Mmm-hmm. Dan: Ah, so, one of the two Arin: That’s right, yeah. Dan: That was a special time. Okay, so we’ll start over here. Leigh Daniel Avidan, that’s my name. March 14 1979; age 39, correct! Springfield, New Jersey US. Yeah, man, that’s where I was born. Nationality American. Yeah, it’s weird to like … um… See the word American for some reason. I don’t know why I guess cuz every time I’ve read it in text It’s Native American, you know, and I’m like, yeah, I was born in New Jersey. I guess that counts. Arin: You are… What is it first, second, first generation? Dan: Oh, I, in my mom’s side was around for a couple of generations Arin: Oh okay. Dan: My dad was born in Tel Aviv in Israel, and then moved to America when he met my mom when he was like 25…24. I can’t remember. Maybe younger even. Glendale, California. Yep, that works Occupation internet personality. Wow, that’s a thing *Arin Laughing* Arin: That’s exactly right. Dan: Yeah, very strange. Musician. Sure. Singer-songwriter. Yeah, I guess so Arin: I feel like musician and singer-songwriter a little… It’s like if you’re a singer songwriter than your musician right? Dan: True. Uhm… Yeah, its singer-songwriter. I always think of as like, um, like folk singer. Arin: Ohhh. Dan: And that stuff. So that’s, that’s why I’d had I had a moment of like, “oh, yeah, I guess.” NinjaSexParty.com, correct. also known as Danny Sexbang. Yep. Channel Ninja Sex Party, that’s one of them. Years active 2006 to present. Yeah, I guess so It depends on what you’re talking about. Like… Arin: I think it’s the inception of the YouTube channel. I think this is all like YouTube analytics. Dan: Oh, oh well in that case it would be 2009 to present 2001 is sort of where I consider like my career starting cuz that’s where I like picked up a guitar and was like “I’m gonna be a musician!” . Arin: Oh guitar? Dan: Yeah. Yeah. That’s what I started with. Arin: I thought you were like bass all the way. Dan: Yes, I liked bass – but like… Bass was always like… Bass is a very tough instrument to play solo by yourself. Unless you’re like that super talented, dude With, that’s constantly in my fucking YouTube feed subscription who’s like, “I’m playing bass on a plane.” You know? *Arin Laughs* Wh-what? Dan: I dunno what his name is. He’s an amazing bass player *Arin making noises* Arin: I just thinking like Victor Wooten. Dan: Oh god. Yeah, that’s another one like just, ridiculous Comedy, music, gaming genre, that’s correct Subscribers one point 13 million. Yeah, that’s for NSP and total views 161.4 million. That’s, and, those numbers are amazing like that. That’s the kind of thing… and… I mean comparatively to Game Grumps those numbers are very small, but like… I remember when Brian and I first started NSP and we got a couple thousand views on um… on “The Decision” and we were like, “Oh my god! This is amazing,” you know? So now like your perspective changes and everything warps in your head So it seems normal, but like I’m sure if you’d showed that number to like 29 year old me, you know, we started NSP. I would have been fucking flipping out, Arin: Yeah, well, you’ve earned it. Dan: Thanks, brother! As have you. Associated acts: Game Grumps, Ninja Sex Party. TWRP. My boys! Star Bomb. My boy. And Ninja Sex Party. Steel Panther. Yep other boys. And Skyhill and The Northern Hues, my previous two bands. Before Ninja Sex Party started. My two main bands. Skyhill Skyhill’s still together to some degree. Like, Pete and I will chat every now and then and say like, “let’s do a song,” and sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t but… There’s always a chance that another song or two could come out at some point Northern Hues is totally dead, which is fine by me that was kind of like, a learning experience but a very important one and I love a lot of the guys from that, so that’s cool Play buttons Show them. Oh that feels good. Arin: Mhmm. Dan: That feels very nice to look at. Arin: Gotta go for that diamond, dude Dan: Oh my god, we might get it with Game Grumps someday Arin: So *heh* well Dan: Yeah Arin: Hopefully. Dan: Yeah, I think that would happen before Before NSP Arin: I dunno, man. We’ll see. Dan: I guess we will won’t we alright, so Leigh Daniel Avidan born March 14, 1979, known professionally as Dan Avidan and by a stage name, Danny Sexbang Is an American musician internet personality singer songwriter comedian and actor. *Sigh* That’s very flattering Arin: Yeah, you’re an actor. Dan: I- I, you know, yes, technically I am an actor. I think I… That’s the that’s the one that like sticks out is like I don’t know if I fully earned those stripes but like Yeah, I have acted in things He’s one half of the musical comedy, duo Ninja Sex Party with Brian Wecht. *Dan and Arin Laugh* Dan: As well as the cohost of the let’s play web series Game Grumps with Arin Hanson, correct! He is also part of the video game based music trio Starbomb alongside Hanson and Wecht. So that’s Um.. that’s pretty great like… That really says almost everything you’d need to know like right there. But let’s see. What all this other crap is Um… Arin: There’s a little baby Dan right there. Dan: You know what? Arin: Ten years ago Dan: Oh more than that. Arin: This says 2008. Dan: Oh, yeah, I get… Maybe, maybe. I actually do not like that picture At all, but like I don’t know how to change it. Like, I’m afraid to touch a Wikipedia page, that, of mine Arin: Oh the fact that you’ve just said that, now like everybody, people are gonna be scrambling *Scrambling Noises* Find a better picture! *Laughter* Dan: Just I just like it just doesn’t look like me anymore, you know? So like… Arin: Well, isn’t that kind of what’s interesting about it? Dan: Perhaps. It didn’t exactly look like me then either though. There’s there’s something deceptive about that picture Arin: It looks it looks very much like an older picture of someone, you know? Dan: Yeah Arin: Even when that picture was taken and it was new it feels like oh, this is from like from the 70s or something. Dan: Yeah Yeah, it reminds me of that Mitch Hedberg joke of like this is a this is a picture From when I was younger like all pictures of you are from when you were younger *Laughter* Arin: Show me a picture of you when you’re older! *Laughter* Fuck! How’s you do that? *Laughter* Dan: I love it…um… Avidan was born and raised in Springfield Township, New Jersey. The elder of two children of Deborah Schwartz and Avigdor Avidan, correct. Arin: I did not know your dad’s name was Avigdor. Dan: Yeah, Avigdor is yeah. It’s a Hebrew name His father was born and raised in Israel and served in the Yom Kippur War before emigrating to America where he met Avidan’s mother. All true. Arin: There was a… there was a Yom Kippur War? Yes in… 1973 I believe? It was Israel against Egypt Arin: Woah Dan: Yeah, very right near the Six-Day War. There were there were a lot of… skirmishes that kind of like redrew the lines of where the borders of Israel were and what was Israeli land and what was Palestinian land and… It’s still, I mean, repercussions of all that, I mean, still exist to this day That land is still being fought over Arin: Is that part of what made you interested in Egypt? Dan: Yeah, I found that whole part of the world interesting because like… Hey, oh god, I do not want to talk Middle Eastern politics, but like to say it plainly like that one small piece of land is like the Holy Land for like many different cultures and it’s been conquered by so many different groups throughout the past thousands of years that Any number of groups can say that was our land and it was taken from us, you know Arin: Right, right. Dan: So it’s just it’s it’s a very like tough situation and I don’t know how it’s going to work out Probably not well But we can’t solve that. His younger sister, Danna Avidan Cohn, is a bench jeweler, I don’t know what a bench jeweler is. Arin: There’s a citation for that. Dan: Let’s find out Bench jewelar is an artisan who uses a combination of jewelry making skills to make and repair jewelry. Does she do that? I don’t know if she does that. Arin: Go check the citation. Dan: Okay. Arin: Hover over the nine Fan: Introduce your mom to cool girl earrings this Mother’s Day That sounds like something Donna would have… just been saying like these are cool earrings as opposed to like I made these but I don’t know Maybe she makes jewelry too. Arin: According to that article. Dan: Geez, that’s strange. The executive style Correspondent of InStyle magazine and the executive style director of Pop Sugar. Yes. That’s correct She did work for InStyle now. She works for Pop Sugar His maternal grandfather Bernard Schwartz assisted in inventing the body electrode. That is true as well. I don’t know if, I don’t think he invented the electrode itself, but he invented the sticky pad that… um… Connected the electrode to the body. Arin: Well he did assist in inventing. Dan: I’d… yeah, I guess technically He was such a great guy. I really wish he was still around So everyone could have met him but that’s Granny Sexbang’s husband. Arin: Oh Dan: After graduating from Jonathan Dayton High School 1997, correct. Go Bulldogs I have to say it in the Jersey accent because it’s actually spelled BULL- DAWGS It was of the time. Arin: Bulldawgs. Dan: Bulldawgs! Go Dawgs! Avidan pursued advertising at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Correct. After dropping out due to disinterest in the course, not true, Avidan entered a student exchange program attending a Tufts University satellite campus in Talloires, France to study botany Okay, so that that’s correct, except I never dropped out of advertising. I finished. I graduated. The student exchange program happened during my junior year or senior year of college but I just like assembled enough credits to to whatever Graduate. Arin: What, wait, so. Oh, I see. Dan: Yeah. So so you… So you sort of like circumstantially left the course, but as a result of Performance you were able to just graduate early? Dan: Right. I I had like I I was not enjoying myself in college. So I was like, I’ll just load up on courses and take a couple extra things every semester So I have all these extra credits and then I can kind of fuck off for like a semester during my senior year Hmm, but instead of fucking off I decided to fuck off and learn Arin: Wow Dan: Yeah, so that’s when I was like… Arin: That’s a good bumper sticker. Dan:Yeah! Dan and Arin: Fuck off and learn! Dan: With Dan Avidan. Okay, so career How long is this? Arin: It’s pretty pretty sizable Dan: That’s okay! Yeah, you know, do you want to do two episodes of it, like…? Arin: Yeah. Well maybe three. Dan: Okay. Yeah. Arin: Did three of me might as well do three you. Dan: Oh shit. Alright, cool. Well, we’ll come back and we’ll learn about my career. Arin: Get more robust. Dan: Yeah Whatever that means. I don’t know. I dropped out of school apparently. *Laughter* Arin: Alright next time see ya. Dan: Bye Arin: Very interesting stuff. It’s cool that you found an error in yours. Mine was like… pretty clean. Dan: Yeah. Well… Arin: I- I was hoping to find like it’d be like, “Uh-uh! That’s not right!” Dan: Mmm-MHmm! Mmm-MHmm! *Laughs* Arin: But there was stuff like I learned about myself in the Wikipedia article! Dan: Yeah, it’s very interesting it’s very interesting Arin: Here we go

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