gained fame mostly from his YouTube channel, "jonlajoie," posting comedic original songs. Lajoie currently has a role in the FX Network TV show called The League as Taco MacArthur, a perpetually stoned and unemployed musicia
Ask away my reddit friends! To prove that this is me, I'm going to tweet about it right now.
Ask away my reddit friends! To prove that this is me, I'm going to tweet about it right now.
Comments: 3846 • Responses: 44 • Date: 2012-02-10 01:51:47 UTCsource
ops_guy1572 karma2012-02-10 01:57:09 UTC
Do you remember when we went to prom?
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Jonlajoiecomedy1522 karma2012-02-10 03:08:49 UTC
I don't. You got me drunk and had your way with me.
Jonlajoiecomedy1450 karma2012-02-10 02:15:39 UTC
How do I come up with my ideas? I guess it depends. Something like "Michael Jackson Is Dead" is quite obvious. I came up with that when I murdered Michael Jackson... I mean when he passed away.
It really depends. A lot of people think I'm stoned when I write my stuff, which is not the case. When I write stoned I usually end up with a bunch of nonsense scribbled down on a peanut butter-stained napkin.
"Show Me Your Genitals" was and idea I had for a while before I turned it into a song. The absurdity of being able to say something extremely offensive and sexist just because it's within the context of a song is something that I always laughed at. So I decided write my own.
Jonlajoiecomedy1080 karma2012-02-10 02:19:33 UTC
Yes, I am in a fantasy football league with the cast and creators of the League. How did I do this year? Well, I think I set my lineup at least twice, which is an improvement over last year. It's very similar to the show. Everyone is super competitive except for me. I'm Canadian, hockey is my sport.
Jonlajoiecomedy975 karma2012-02-10 02:23:47 UTC
Movies I love: Being John Malkovich, All Monty Python, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, Terminator 2, Cohen brothers movies, Billy Madison (from my teenage years), Anchor Man, Beverly Hills Cop 3, and anything with talking animals (because in real life animals don't have human voices, but in these movies they do! So funny.)
Jonlajoiecomedy833 karma2012-02-10 02:16:42 UTC
And sometimes I just see a pair of glasses that look pretty rapey and I make a commercial about them.
Jonlajoiecomedy755 karma2012-02-10 02:20:41 UTC
What movies do I love? Anything starring Martin Lawrence and a fat suit.
Jonlajoiecomedy636 karma2012-02-10 02:05:15 UTC
Alright, here we go.
How much of Taco is improvised? Well, it depends. Most of what Taco is up to in any given episode is written down in the outlines that we receive before shooting. Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, the creators of the show, write a detailed outline of each episode, but once on set, we get to play around quite a bit. It is a very fun and creative set, given the fact that improv is not only encouraged, but necessary.
QuentulusQuazgar79 karma2012-02-10 02:37:20 UTC
i'm pasting the original question here so we can easily find them. please upvote the original!
Thanks for taking the time to come to our community and answer some questions. Ever since I saw "Show Me Your Genitals", I have been a fan of yours. However, your role as Taco on The League is by far my favorite piece of work you've done.
What were the auditions like for The League?
How much of "Taco" is improvised?
What was your favorite episode to film?
Out of any role in film or television that has ever existed, which one do you wish you had the chance to do and why?
Thanks again! Also, please add the link to your Twitter post (http://twitter.com/#!/jonlajoiecomedy/status/167788441294217216) in the text of your post so the users know you're legit.
Jonlajoiecomedy450 karma2012-02-10 03:07:25 UTC
I'd have loved to play the T-1000 from Terminator 2. I'd also have loved to be one of the kids that Kevin Bacon molests in the movie "Sleepers".
Jonlajoiecomedy591 karma2012-02-10 02:07:54 UTC
My favorite episode to shoot? Hmmm... I would say the Mr. McGibblets episode, but that involved both being naked around a 50 person crew, and then running around in a sweat machine aka the Mr. McGibblets costume.
I REALLY enjoyed shooting the Vegas episode from season 2 because I got to be in Vegas for a week with the cast and crew. I'm surprised we made it out alive.
Jonlajoiecomedy566 karma2012-02-10 04:29:43 UTC
Alright friends, thanks a lot for this opportunity. I'm signing off. I'll be back sometime soon, so keep posting your questions and I'll try to answer as many as possible. Thanks for all of your kind words and support. I really appreciate it. Have a good night, eskimo brothers.
winnedrago398 karma2012-02-10 02:03:26 UTC
Is your hit single 'High as Fuck' based on the real life struggles that you endure in day to day life?
Jonlajoiecomedy765 karma2012-02-10 03:11:54 UTC
I actually hate being stoned in public. I get super paranoid. So yes, I wrote that song, or thought of it at least, when I got high walking my dog, and then decided to walk to the corner store to pick up some snacks.
Jonlajoiecomedy849 karma2012-02-10 03:12:51 UTC
I get high in my apartment, and make sure I don't have to leave.
Kfeild329 karma2012-02-10 01:57:28 UTC
You are brilliant.
Jonlajoiecomedy1160 karma2012-02-10 02:34:57 UTC
That's not a question. But I'll accept it anyway.
Jonlajoiecomedy825 karma2012-02-10 02:34:51 UTC
itsBrent326 karma2012-02-10 02:00:24 UTC
We are Eskimo Brothers. Connected through the power of a blonde in Texas. Actually ruined my relationship with the girl... Oh well.
So, do you prefer pizza or pasta? Personally, I'm a pizza man.
Jonlajoiecomedy734 karma2012-02-10 03:20:28 UTC
Sorry dude. Hoes before bros. I like pizza. But I prefer stealing other people's pizza and ruining their meals.
Jonlajoiecomedy349 karma2012-02-10 03:21:14 UTC
What part of Texas are you from?
1madcow295 karma2012-02-10 02:07:30 UTC
So, how do you pronounce your last name?
Jonlajoiecomedy1365 karma2012-02-10 03:14:10 UTC
However you want to pronounce it. Some people say "La-Joy", some people say "Lah-jwah". I prefer "Ke-anu Ree-ves"
ohhoe255 karma2012-02-10 01:56:02 UTC
Who would win in a fight, you in real life or taco?
Jonlajoiecomedy821 karma2012-02-10 02:26:16 UTC
Taco. He doesn't give a fuck.
HoovesCarveCraters254 karma2012-02-10 01:57:46 UTC
Hey Jon! Love your work! How did you get started in comedy?
Hope to see you back in MTL soon. We should get high.
Jonlajoiecomedy697 karma2012-02-10 02:41:17 UTC
I love getting high with strangers in their parent's basement. Thanks, I'll take you up on that. I went to theater school in Montreal (Dawson College) and was in a band for about 5 years. The band broke up, I was out of work, and bored, so I started shooting videos for fun. I learned how to edit and all the production stuff along the way. I had no idea it would lead to a career in comedy. I was never the funny kid growing up, so it's still weird for me.
[deleted]253 karma2012-02-10 01:54:26 UTC
Just wanted to say hey and I love you!
Jonlajoiecomedy727 karma2012-02-10 02:25:58 UTC
I love you too, stranger with no face.
alexunderwater249 karma2012-02-10 02:07:30 UTC
Can you post a twitpic of your genitals for verification?
Jonlajoiecomedy783 karma2012-02-10 03:17:49 UTC
My genitals are for my eyes, and my sister's eyes only.
Baseball_Fan219 karma2012-02-10 02:13:15 UTC
I saw you at Mckibbins on what looked like a date a month or two ago, does it piss you off when people come up and ask for a picture or does it help you get laid?
Jonlajoiecomedy733 karma2012-02-10 03:51:08 UTC
When they stop asking, it means I'm out of a job. No, I don't mind. And yes, it helps me get laid.
Ferninator205 karma2012-02-10 01:56:09 UTC
Hey Jon, I love you.
Any chance you'll tour America? Specifically, Austin.
Jonlajoiecomedy676 karma2012-02-10 02:28:51 UTC
I LOVE Austin. No plans yet, I'm taking some time off of touring to focus on some other things like the videos and hating Los Angeles.
ohhoe191 karma2012-02-10 01:57:31 UTC
I know your co-stars in the league play fantasy in real life, so my questions are:
Do you play with them?
If so, is it as competitive as the show fantasy league?
Jonlajoiecomedy721 karma2012-02-10 02:25:33 UTC
Just realized how this works. I'll start answering the questions in the right place. For the first few answers, scroll to top.
ohhoe188 karma2012-02-10 02:05:05 UTC
You're compared to on a few sites of "totally looking like" Keith Buckley who is the frontman for every time I die. proof
I've never seen you both in the same place at the same time... Evil twin? Alter ego? ARCH NEMESIS?!?!
Jonlajoiecomedy321 karma2012-02-10 03:28:34 UTC
Holy shit. He does. I think he just made a "Jon Lajoie" mask like Liam Neason in "Darkman" (wow, that's an obscure reference)
Alecohol158 karma2012-02-10 01:59:04 UTC
Big fan (2 years strong..) Who is Steve? and what is he up to now adays? Can you tell us a bit about him?
Jonlajoiecomedy330 karma2012-02-10 02:52:47 UTC
Steve's real name is Nino. He's been a friend of the family since I was a kid. I grew up going to church 3 times a week, and he was and still is a member of the congregation there. He lived at our place for a while, and has always been a honorary Lajoie. He now hangs with my brother Jason (Cliff Baconcock from "Not Giving a Fuck") at least 3 times a week. He's the way he is in the videos. He's a little slow, that's all. He's a good friend, and a hilarious dude.
SI52127 karma2012-02-10 01:56:37 UTC
Your YouTube videos often reference movies that you hate - so I was wondering, what movies do you love?
Love your work! You're a hilarious guy.
Jonlajoiecomedy242 karma2012-02-10 02:30:58 UTC
See above. I didn't know I was suppose to answer directly here...
dfritsch86118 karma2012-02-10 02:07:32 UTC
Wow, huge fan from Italy here!
My question: do you get mistaken for a serious rapper sometimes?
Cause every time I show some of your more "serious" (i.e. NOT mcvagina) clips to my friends, not understanding English (shame on Italy) they mistake you for a tough rapper :D
Jonlajoiecomedy306 karma2012-02-10 03:32:32 UTC
I am a serious rapper, mothafucka. Honestly, I try to make songs that sound like serious songs, so I don't take offense. I have family in Palermo my Italian friend!
jontalktome107 karma2012-02-10 01:58:01 UTC
What other musical comedians do you look up to?
i.e Tim Minchin, Bo Burnham, Bill Bailey
Or just comedians in general.
Jonlajoiecomedy959 karma2012-02-10 02:59:46 UTC
I actually just chatted with Bo Burnham at the Improv in Hollywood last night. I think he's great. I'm a fan of Tim Minchin as well. Although my favorite musical comedians are Maroon 5. Those guys are hilarious.
MNasser4107 karma2012-02-10 01:59:05 UTC
What do your parents think about your videos? 'Show me your genitals' must be a great topic over family dinners.
Edit: I can't spell
Jonlajoiecomedy400 karma2012-02-10 02:57:06 UTC
My parents are surprisingly cool about the videos. They are pretty religious, and don't really get my sense of humor, but they are supportive none the less. Just to give you an example, I wasn't allowed to watch He-Man when I was a kid, because there were too many "evil" things like skulls and spells. They're cool about it, but my mom can't wait for me to be in a Disney movie. My dad recently came to one of my live shows for the first time, and he didn't disown me, which is way more than I expected.
Phillyz104 karma2012-02-10 02:00:17 UTC
What's your favorite Kevin Bacon movie?
On average, what is the texture of your poop?
Jonlajoiecomedy249 karma2012-02-10 04:01:55 UTC
ferodactyl99 karma2012-02-10 01:56:36 UTC
Any releases planned in the near future?
Jonlajoiecomedy340 karma2012-02-10 02:30:23 UTC
I'm not a planner. When I come up with an idea, I usually tend to write it, shoot it, and put it out immediately. If I don't have ideas, I don't force it too much. I'll probably put out another album near the end of 2012, after the zombie apocalypse.
Minotts93 karma2012-02-10 01:58:59 UTC
please make more videos like Drugs Commercial. please.
Jonlajoiecomedy222 karma2012-02-10 02:49:40 UTC
I'm working on one now. I'm waiting for Tom Waits to be back in town.
AndrewP788 karma2012-02-10 02:04:15 UTC
You may have been asked this many times... But do you ever plan on making more Regular Everyday Normal _______? I feel that this one is not finished and that there may be more in the future? Thanks!
PS. I once broke up with a girl and said, "It's not you, it's me... I'm the one that feels like I can do better..." It did not go down well.
Jonlajoiecomedy120 karma2012-02-10 03:25:54 UTC
Well, that's a tough one. I've kind of exhausted the topic. I've milked that cow dry, so to speak. But who knows, maybe?
Dont_listentome86 karma2012-02-10 02:23:51 UTC
How many people have you killed in the past year?
Jonlajoiecomedy339 karma2012-02-10 03:44:12 UTC
sippin_criss85 karma2012-02-10 02:09:12 UTC
How drunk were you when you did your Christmas video featuring The Cable Guy soundtrack?
When you came to Victoria, BC a few years back and the entire crowd was singing, "She's covered in vomit and human feces, that's how I know that she needs me" was one of my fondest live show memories, thanks.
Jonlajoiecomedy182 karma2012-02-10 03:40:11 UTC
That always makes me laugh. An entire theater singing along to 2 Girls 1 Cup... It never gets old. The reference does though.
LMA190882 karma2012-02-10 01:57:04 UTC
Just 1 Question.
What is your most favorite Work you've done?
Jonlajoiecomedy234 karma2012-02-10 02:33:37 UTC
Hmmm... I'm not sure. "Fuck Everything" was a fun one to write. I have a lot of fun writing the commercials like "Hands" and "Retaphin." I don't know... Usually the one I REALLY like are the ones that get a lot of hate, like "Best Song" or "Drinking Beer and Smoking Cigarettes".
Void2373 karma2012-02-10 02:08:25 UTC
Have you ever gotten serious backlash for your content?
Jonlajoiecomedy209 karma2012-02-10 03:38:01 UTC
Not really. I'm never trying to be deliberately offensive. I just write what I think is funny. And sometimes that involves kids with cancer, suicide, death, pedophilia, and other taboos. I think most people get that I'm not trying to be offensive just to be offensive.
LaArmadaEspanola64 karma2012-02-10 02:11:34 UTC
just wondering who the funniest person from the league is in real life, other than yourself of course
Jonlajoiecomedy156 karma2012-02-10 03:49:34 UTC
They're all pretty goddamn funny. Not sure. I'm the worst when it comes to laughing during takes. I've ruined soooo many shots. Paul Scheer cracks me up. Steve (Kevin) gets me with his pitiful looks towards Taco. I love being in scenes with Nick (Ruxin), just that dynamic makes me laugh. I'd have to say that Jason (Raffi) is the hardest to keep a straight face around.
uhnettec61 karma2012-02-10 01:58:01 UTC
What got you started in comedy song writing? Where you always creating funny lyrics and stuff even as a kid? What was one of your biggest setbacks before you hit it big?
Jonlajoiecomedy162 karma2012-02-10 02:47:43 UTC
The first comedy song I ever wrote was "High as Fuck". I had never even thought of musical comedy. The reason I wrote it was because I was shooting videos with a pretty shitty camera, and the sound quality was terrible (for an example, see "Breathing Commercial"). I figured out that with my editing software I could import external audio and sync it up with the footage, and then mute the footage, giving the videos a more professional sound quality. And well, what's the best way to do that? A music video. Having been in a band for 5 years, I knew how to record music, so I wrote "High as Fuck", then went to Saint-Bruno park in Montreal alone with my mp3 player and shot a bunch of footage. People responded well to that song, so I decided to keep going in that direction.
omiyage58 karma2012-02-10 02:21:59 UTC
Hey Jon, would you rather be famous by your musical skills or your humor, if you could be perfect in only one.
Jonlajoiecomedy200 karma2012-02-10 03:43:45 UTC
I'm not sure. They're both very different things. I love music and I love comedy. Here's a question for you guys. Reply honestly. I hate when actors (or comedians) release "real" music, so I get it. How would you react if I released a "real" album? Serious music. Just curious. I don't have any plans to do so, don't worry.
[deleted]31 karma2012-02-10 02:07:31 UTC
Jonlajoiecomedy70 karma2012-02-10 04:05:25 UTC
A thrift shop on the south shore of Montreal called "Village de Valeurs" Cost me a total of 6 bucks, with the cell phone.
ShavidDayne18 karma2012-02-10 02:16:43 UTC
Do you ever get discouraged when videos like the Tennis Ball/Walmart commercial get hated on?
Jonlajoiecomedy49 karma2012-02-10 04:00:37 UTC
Not really. If I think it's funny, that's all that matters. If I'm not proud of something I made, then I'm pretty hard on myself. But in the end, I'm just playing around and having fun. I find it hilarious how pissed off people can get at a silly video I made in one afternoon for kicks. I know that I can never please everyone, and I don't try to. For example, I knew my latest video "Drinking Beer and Smoking Cigarettes" would get a lot of hate. But it makes me giggle because it's so stupid, and if it makes one other person giggle, that's all I need.
Fooly_41115 karma2012-02-10 02:08:53 UTC
Who were your biggest comedic influences if any?
Jonlajoiecomedy54 karma2012-02-10 04:08:48 UTC
Kids in the Hall, Monty Python, early Adam Sandler, The Goon Show (old British radio show), Ricky Gervais, SNL, Mitch Hedberg, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Bill Hicks...
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