WHO IS MC CHRIS?
my real name is Christopher Brendan Ward. I’m not the fourth or IV like it’s reported on IMDB. I live in Brooklyn in a small studio apartment with my girlfriend. I’m 75% Irish 25% Alsatian. I’m little and high pitched so you might think I’m a munchkin when you meet me.
HOW OLD IS MC CHRIS?
My birthday is September 2nd, 1975. You do the math!
WHERE DOES MC CHRIS COME FROM?
I was born and raised in Libertyville, Illinois.
DOES MC CHRIS REALLY SOUND LIKE THAT?
Yes. My voice doesn’t seem to change and I don’t smoke anything so it probably never will!
WHERE HAVE I HEARD MC CHRIS BEFORE?
You’ve heard me most recently in Honda commercial where you heard my song “Hoodie Ninja.” Before that you heard me on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim where I starred on Sealab 2021, Brak Show, ATHF, Welcome to Eltingville, Cheyenne Cinnamon, and most recently Tight Bros.
HOW DOES MC CHRIS FEEL ABOUT NERDCORE?
I tour with nerdcore acts, guest star in their tracks and they guest star in mine. I have no problems with being called nerdcore or any other nerdcore artists, even ones that may think I do. I don’t have any problem with anybody, any group, anyone. It’s all about how people act as individuals that i will occasionally have a problem with. In the beginning, I was shocked and angered by the genre’s existence because i was so convinced what i was doing was going to be a thing that I alone did. But it wasnt true; there are now nerdcore rappers all over the world and I’m honored to be among them. If there ever was a time I offended you by saying something less than cool at the beginning of my career know that I’m truly sorry and always eager to make amends.
IS MC CHRIS REALLY A NERD?
Yes. I love video games, comic books, and nerdy movies, especially Star Wars. But there’s much more to me than that. I consider myself a nerd for the sole reason that I was picked on and teased and bullied my entire adolescence. I was made to feel inferior because I was in truth awesome as fuck.
WHERE’S MY MC CHRIS CARTOON?
It’s in production. Thanks to over a thousand mc chris fans, the mc chris cartoon’s first six minutes were funded on kickstarter. The script was written in 2010, the drawings were made in 2011 and it was animated the winter of 2012. This spring I finished the audio in Atlanta and made a trailer. We are now about to begin production on the remainder of the short and details on how, when and what are forthcoming. Expect to see another trailer this Summer or Fall.
WHERE DID MC CHRIS GO TO SCHOOL?
Montesori preschool. Adler Kindergarten. St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Highland Junior High. Libertyville High School. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
WHAT ARE MC’S FAVORITE MOVIES, TV SHOWS, GAMES?
Too many to mention but I’ll name some favorites.
Movies: Attack the Block, Ghostbusters, How to Train your Dragon, The Blues Brothers, Goonies, Little Shop of Horrors, Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Delicatessen, The Killing, Babydoll, My Neighbor Totoro, Three O’Clock high, The Quick and the Dead, and Galaxy Quest.
TV: Game of Thrones, Peepshow, Top Chef, CBS News Sunday Morning, Twin Peaks, Deadwood, Trailer Park Boys and Young Ones.
Games: Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed Series, Borderlands, Red Dead Redemption, Colonel’s Bequest, Rootbeer Tapper, Dragon’s Lair, Bully, Saints Row the Third, Arkham Asylum, Fallout 3, Bejeweled, Boggle and Taboo.
WHAT IS MC’S FAVORITE FOOD?
I like popcorn. Fried Rice. Egg and Bacon sandwiches on white bread not toasted. Spaghetti or Macaroni of any kind. Twizzlers. Seasoned Fries. Wets or Gravy Fries (IL). Gyoza. Pot Roast. Laffy Taffy’s. Smarties. Razzles. Bottlecaps. Iceberg Wedge. Filet Mignon. Macaroni and Cheese nuggets or Creamed Corn Nuggets (AL.) Honey flavored Breakfast cereals. Honey Nut Cheerios, Honey Nut Chex, Crunchy Nut, Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat. I like watermelon, pineapple, apples, strawberries, cauliflower, carrots, celery and potatoes. I love potatoes more than anything.
WHAT DOES MC DO FOR FUN?
I like to read Game of Thrones books and history books and biographies. I like playing big sandbox games like Skyrim or Red Dead. I like Museums, Statues, Parks and Landmarks and like to seek them out. I collect lego’s and like to go to the movies with my friends and girlfriend. I’m very curious. I like finding out stuff. I like going into my comic book store every week and seeing what’s new. I like reading about what movies are in production. I like being excited about what’s to come.
WHY CAN’T I SMOKE CIGARETTES AT MC CHRIS SHOWS? DOES MC HAVE ASTHMA?
Yes! I’ve had asthma my whole life and if everyone is blowing smoke in my face I can’t gulp down the precious oxygen that powers the show. So please do me a favor and don’t smoke around me or breathe it in my face if you can help it. Take it outside! It’s nicer out there anyway. My concerts can smell like nerd.
IS MC CHRIS LIP SYNCHING? WHERE IS THE DJ? WHY NO BAND?
No! I am NOT lip synching. What you sometimes hear is my back track which chimes in at the end of a line like a breath man would. I used to have a guy on stage that pressed a space bar and got a lot of money but that was a waste and not really necessary. I don’t use a band or a DJ or a crew for one main reason: I’m cheap and I don’t want to share my money. But more than that I don’t need to hide behind anything because I’m proud of who I am and what I can do on stage alone with just a mic and laptop. I could trick you into liking me by surrounding myself with a bunch of bullshit, but I’d rather have faith in myself and make more money.
WHY WON’T MC CHRIS COME TO MY TOWN?
I want to, but I don’t really call the shots. I have a booking agent and he and a promoter will decide where I go and what I do. I can make suggestions but these guys know what they’re doing. I don’t come to your town because more likely than not, nobody does. I mainly go to cities. If you’re no where near a city you may have to drive. It’s bad business to do shows that are too close together so they space them out. I wish I had more control. I’d do all ages show every two hours, but artists aren’t as powerful in real life as they appear on stage.
MC GOT MAD AT ME SHOULD I AVOID SHOWS AND HIS PAGES?
No! I’d rather forgive and forget and keep you as a customer. It’s your patronage that got me here so I want to continue the relationship forever! If I made a mistake or you did in the past, let’s leave it there. Please come to another show. Unless you’re there to start trouble, you can have a good time like everyone else. As for websites, like the message boards or my facebook fan page, if you got blocked or banned it was because you were doing something stupid and need a time out. If you write a crazy letter about how angry you are you obviously need a longer time out. So just chill and give it time, come back after a while, if you even want to, and the ban shall be lifted.
WILL MC CHRIS SMOKE WITH ME?
Nope! I’m more likely to play hackey sack with you or frisbee or Magic the Gathering. But I won’t smoke with you because you’re all covered in germs and they give me colds which kill my throat and then my shows suck. So for everyone’s sake I avoid smoking anything with fans, but it’s not because I’m not cool or you’re not cool, it’s because I’m just trying to stay healthy so I can do my job.
WHAT IS MC CHRIS XBOX LIVE ACCOUNT NAME?
It’s therealmcchris but I’m rarely on and when I am on I play with close friends. Sometimes I will bring on 100 fans to have some fun or promote something, but I haven’t done that in a while because everyone likes to kill me.
WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO WHEN I BUY MC CHRIS MERCHANDISE?
In my pocket. Although keep in mind, it takes a stop at my lawyer’s bank account and my financial manager’s bank account and Uncle Sam gets a cut, and then it goes in my pocket. I live in a studio apartment in Brooklyn. I am independent musical artist in the age of file sharing so I need to sell merchandise to fund my music and art. I don’t make a lot of money so every little bit helps.
WHERE DOES MY MERCH GET SHIPPED FROM?
It gets shipped from a place in Cleveland, OH called Indie Merch. And if you ever have any issues they’re real good about solving the problem.
WHY ISN’T MC CHRIS ON ALL MY FAVORITE CARTOONS?
I’m not a professional actor with an agent and a reel. I’m on Adult Swim cartoons because I think one job begets another, but other shows don’t really know I exist. If you love me and you have someone’s ear, say at a convention or at a meet and greet, tell’m “Please put mc chris in your cartoon!” and maybe they will.
DOES MC CHRIS EVER RESPOND TO HIS FANS?
Yep every day. Sometimes it happens on twitter, sometimes on Facebook, sometimes via fan mail. But I always check in and never go too long without doing it. Some might even go so far to say mc chris talks to his fans TOO much.
DOES MC CHRIS EVER DO MEET AND GREETS?
Yes! After every live show I will stand by my merch table and sign everyone’s stuff and take pics. Whatever you need! And I don’t leave until everyone’s taken care of. So there’s no need to crowd around me or bother me while I’m shitting or eating (it happens.) I WILL make time for you, you can count on it. All I ask is that you put some money in the bucket on the merch table to help me fight Cystic Fibrosis.
WILL MC CHRIS PLAY MY VENUE OR CONVENTION OR FESTIVAL?
Very possibly. You just have to contact my booking agent. And his info is on my contact page.
DOES MC CHRIS DRINK ALCOHOL?
Nope! I’m six years going on seven years sober. My dad was an alcoholic who recently died of bladder cancer so I pretty much HATE alcohol right now. But I understand people like to party at shows. All I ask is that you don’t start drinking until maybe the second opener goes on. Don’t start drinking at home before the show or in the parking lot. And stay away from me if you’re drunk and if your friend is drunk, keep them away. They will just get ejected because I have very little tolerance for drunken bullshit. Security gets briefed on this before I perform and there’s very little room for debate. You will get tossed if you’re a wasted douche. To be honest, I’d rather you stay and I make some money by selling you a shirt so just drink responsibly and enjoy the show. I really don’t want to toss anyone, but at the same time I have this HULK get angry thing about drunks ruining my day or my life.
DOES MC CHRIS BELIEVE IN GOD?
Nope! I was raised Catholic (wasn’t raped) and tried some other denominations in high school before deciding that I’m a science guy. I appreciate everyone’s need for religion. My family is very religious. So I don’t really go out of my way to rant on faith because it just feels mean. You want to believe in elephants or aliens, feel free. Whatever gets you through the night. But I feel more in step with the current Atheist/Science movement.
IS MC CHRIS AFFILIATED WITH A POLITICAL PARTY?
I vote Democrat. I am Pro Choice and Pro Gay marriage. I’m one of those boring lefty liberals that keeps to himself but is sure to vote come Election Day. I really don’t like when things get political on my websites so I try to keep modern politics out of my music and art. I want my world to be a place you can escape to. But at the same time, I made a Libertarian Little Pony song and it was liberating to say the least. There may be more songs like it but it really depends on the times.
IS MC CHRIS INTO WHAT IM INTO? IS HE PART OF MY GROUP OR DOES HE HATE US?
I may not be into what you’re into, but if you’re a nice person who respects others, then I respect you. I don’t hate any group. It’s just not my way. I try not to hate anyone, I go into every conversation with high hopes and I want to know you and what you’re into, no matter what it is! So bronys, and juggalos, and nerds and even women all need to understand that I am doing my damnest to love each and every one of you. I could never hate you as a group. that goes against everything I stand for. I’m not afraid to shake your hand or give you a hug or talk to you because I know others can be that way because that’s how I was treated. If I toss you out during a show or something of that nature it’s not because you’re a member of a group it’s because YOU WERE AN ASSHOLE.
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?
My mission is to let every person that is lacking in self confidence know that they are awesome and worthy of acceptance and love. I am here to remind everyone to be themselves and to love themselves while they do it. There is only one you and it’s your job to be that person in the most awesome way you possibly can. So go live your life and love what you like and don’t give a fuck what anybody thinks!