I liked high school probably a little bit more than most people. I spent the first 3 years super awkward, mostly focused on dealing with an undiagnosed OCD, taking Accutane and playing sports, while my Senior year was, when pimples disappeared, I did the morning announcements and I lost some weight, a much better time. For someone who would later deal with a lot of depression, I have to admit, I got out of high school relatively unscathed.
Director George Meeker created a documentary short about my weird journey into hip-hop and Interscope during my early-20’s. This was later included in a feature documentary called “Dropped,” detailing other musicians’ experiences as well.
As weird as it seems now when looking at me, I came up battle rapping in the late 90’s / early 00’s and was weirdly able to turn a radio contest, where I faced different MCs everyday, into a lucrative record deal at Interscope Records when I was 20 years old. When I was young …
If you’re late to the weird Internet exchange between myself and Tom Hanks’s son, Chester Hanks, who inexplicably is a rapper who goes by the name “Chet Haze,” then you can catch up here, here or here. And in the end, we’re exactly in the spot I feared, Chester has compeletly chickened out of a competition he suggested – and here’s how…
Every Thanksgiving I think of the same story that went down during my short stint as a writer on WWE’s weekly live wrestling show, RAW. During my 5-6 months creating ridiculous dialogue and storylines for pro wrestlers, I obviously found myself in some pretty crazy situations, most are folklore only told when I’m drunk around friends, but some can’t be held back no matter how hard I try. You see, every last Thursday of November, one moment from my time near the squared circle can not be forgotten, and that story involves the Native American warrior known as Tatanka.
I put together a Live Read of the script from the classic cinematic masterpiece “Space Jam” at the UCB Theater on Franklin in Los Angeles. I hosted it with Sean O’Connor and the event featured the work of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Seth Green, Paul Scheer, Danielle Fishel, Ben Schwartz, Nick Kroll, Jerrod Carmichael, Ralph Garman, Noah Garfinkel, Brandon Johnson, Shelby Fero & Melissa Stetten.
My memoir, published by Crown and chronicling the million dollar Interscope record deal I stumbled on in my early 20’s, is NOW AVAILABLE as a paperback (with a brand new chapter and material), eBook and audio book. You can order it now at the links below.
Written & directed by Jensen Karp, Rudy & Des is a short documentary following two best friends who have a common bond in their love for pro wrestling, despite the fact that Des is completely blind and Rudy must announce every move and participant loudly for them to enjoy live events together. Their connection goes beyond body slams and piledrivers and helps define what friendship truly can be.