Brad Neely :: Madman or Comic Genius?
Nonsensical, post-modern, crude, irreverent, downright bizarre. All of these terms can be used to describe one Brad Neely, underground internet sensation. Most average Americans are probably unfamiliar with the name Brad Neely, but many college students and recent grads are likely familiar with his work. Neely is the creator of the famed ‘Washington' video, a musical retelling of the life of the first president of the United States. The video is host to such memorable lines as:
“On a horse made of crystal he patrolled the land
With the mason ring and schnauzer with his perfect hands
Here comes George in control
Women dug his snuff and his gallant stroll
Ate opponents brains and invented cocaine.”
Neely is a resident of Austin, Texas, and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After creating ‘Washington', he was presented with an excessively confusing contract by Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Film Festival, an early backer of a fledgling Tim Burton and Beavis and Butthead. Feeling pressured, he accidentally signed over the rights to what would go on to be his most popular work with only $250 for compensation. Spike and Mike has all but taken the video off the internet, but disgruntled Neely enthusiasts frequently re-post it on YouTube. The video's popularity has since inspired the lesser-known ‘JFK' video. I personally find this one to have a catchier tune.
In addition to writing for South Park's 11th season and maintaining an outlandish web comic, creasedcomics.com, Neely now makes short videos exclusively for superdeluxe.com. Many of these shorts are frequently featured on ‘Adult Swim'. He also has two running series. The first is called ‘The Professor Brothers' and features Frank and Steve, two inept faculty members at an unnamed university, and their many misadventures. Throughout their lectures, the brothers cover a diverse range of topics spanning from Kiefer Sutherland's impact on American cinema to the destruction of “Sodom (named after sodomy) and Gomorrah (named after an even weirder move)”.The second series is called ‘Baby Cakes', which contains the musings (“I read this Bible – it sucks. Don't buy this author's books.”) of a bizarre and slow-witted Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast of the same name via short diary style entries.
Neely has also created an alternate and unauthorized take on the film version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone”. To view it, the viewer mutes and watches the film and plays an alternative audio track downloadable from the creasedcomics website in place of the movie's original dialogue. I personally find his version much more entertaining (the books were always much better, anyway). Neely is currently working on a comedic novel about the American Civil War, due out sometime in the next year. It is important to note that Neely can be quite vulgar -he does write for South Park, after all - and his bizarre narrative style may be a turn-off to some. His work is best enjoyed with an open-mind.
Note: The information contained in this article comes from the author's personal knowledge, Wikipedia, and interviews Mr. Neely has done with the Daily Texan and Chief Magazine.