Brad Neely: Comic Genius


pic via Kristen Schaal’s Flickr

Yesterday, I posted Brad Neely’s animated video “Bring the Gold” to the ROTI Facebook page.

It’s basically a gangsta rap video where the leprechaun describes his love of gold above all else and his willingness to kill to get it. In my opinion, it’s pretty much the best thing to come out of St. Patrick’s Day in the past 25 years.

But Brad Neely, genius creator of web videos and other comic material, has so much more to offer than the tale of a murderous leprechaun. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, I have a serious treat to offer today.

Neely’s cartoon ode to George Washington was the first thing I ever saw from him, and it’s still the funniest take on the father of our nation ever created.

“Washington, Washington. Six foot twenty, fuckin’ killing for fun.”

It also set the template for much of his subsequent work, with its musical brilliance, zany boundary-crossing, sketchy animation style, and witty angle on historical events.

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