Leigh Daniel Avidan, popularly known by his stage name, Dan Avidan, is not a new name in the entertainment sector. He is a successful musician, internet personality, singer, songwriter, comedian and actor from the United States.
Leigh is one half of the famous musical comedy duo Ninja Sex Party alongside Brian Wecht. He is the co-host of the Let's Play web series known as Games Grumps. He is also part of a trio video game-based comedy music group known as Starbomb alongside Hanson and Wecht.
Dan Avidan profile summary
- Full name: Leigh Daniel Avidan
- Date of birth: 14th March 1979
- Place of birth: Springfield, New Jersey, USA
- Age: 42 years (as of 2021)
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: White
- Dan Avidan height: 6 feet 2 inches
- Relationship status: In a relationship
- Spouse: Ashley Anderson
- Profession: Musician, internet personality, singer, songwriter, comedian, actor
- Net worth: $3 million
- Dan Avidan Instagram: danny__avidan
Dan Avidan biography
The singer was born on 14th March 1979 in Springfield, New Jersey. He is the son of Avi Avidan and Debra Schwartz. His father was born and raised in Israel, where he served in the Yom Kippur War. Later on, he moved to the United States, where he met the singer's mother.
He is the elder son among two siblings. Dan Avidan's sister, Dana, is the executive style director of Pop-Sugar, an American Media and Technology Company. After his elementary studies, he enrolled at Jonathan Dayton High School and graduated in 1997.
He then joined the Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, for a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising. During his senior year in college, he joined a student exchange program. He attended Tufts University's satellite campus in Talloires, France.
Dan studied Botany and Epidemiology. He then went to Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City to study storytelling and narrative improvisation in 2008.
The singer's career spans across different music bands, solo performance and collaboration with other artists as follows:
The Northern Hues and Sky hill
The singer began his career by joining a Philadelphia-based music band known as Indie rock. The other crew members were Aron Brand, Alex Yaker, Ian Creech and Jeff Rains. He was the lead singer and wrote the band's lyrics.
The band released its first self-titled EP and one live recorded track in early 2005. Unfortunately, the band split in mid-2005. Some of the factors that led to the split were:
- Personality conflicts
- Creative differences
- Collective inability to grow and become successful
The Northern Hues releases include:
- 2004 - The Northern Hue Extended Play
- 2005 - World Cafe Live
After the split, he teamed up with Peter Lennox and formed a Brooklyn-based alt-rock duo under the name, Skyhill. Dan was the lead singer and lyricist. On 16th May 2007, the team released their first album, Run with the Hunted.
Some of the other releases by the duo include:
- 7th October 2015 - Firefly
- 30th October 2020 - Howling at the Moon
Ninja Sex Party
He joined the Ninja Sex Party band in early 2009 after a mutual friend introduced him to a musical director by the name, Brian Wecht. The two worked hand-in-hand to create characters for their Ninja Sex Party band.
The settled for:
- Danny Sexbang - Avidan's character
- Ninja Brian - Wecht's character
The duo rose to fame after their performance as a musical guest on Stripped Stories Leitman's improvisational comedy show. Later on, they released several studio albums and singles. They have also featured in several movies such as Dragon Con, LACS and SXSW.
The Ninja Sex Party band has released the following:
- 2011 - NSFW
- 2013 - Strawberries and Cream
- 2015 - Attitude City
- 2016 - Under the Covers (Volume I)
- 2017 - Under the Covers (Volume II)
- 2018 - Cool Patrol
- 2019 - Under the Covers (Volume III)
- 2020 - The Prophecy
Games Grumps, Starbomb and Good Game
The singer started co-hosting the Let's Play web series known as Game Grumps in mid-2013. This took place after the original co-host Jon Jafari left his position at the web series. He worked as the co-host until the show was discontinued later on.
Apart from Game Grumps, he co-hosted other shows from the same platform, such as Grumpcade, Table Flip, Steam Rolled, and Hunting Monsters.
After the discontinuation of Game Grumps in late 2013, he teamed up with Wecht and Hanson to form the Starbomb band. Initially, the trio did different parody videos. They released three albums as follows:
- 2013 - Starbomb
- 2014 - Player Select
- 2019 - The TryForce
In 2015, Jesse and Michele developed an untitled web series for YouTube Premium. The singer was cast as eSports coach Alex Taylor on the web series. It was officially announced at VidCon 2017 under the name Good Game.
The project released six serialized episodes on the Game Grumps YouTube channel. The first episode was free to air, while the rest required a YouTube Premium subscription.
Apart from his various bands, the singer has collaborated with other individuals, bands, producers and brands on different projects. Some of them include:
- 2009 - He collaborated with producer William Sullivan to compose and sell theme and background songs for Power Rangers RPM and White Collar.
- 2012 - He partnered with Mondo Media is hosting Dirty Shorts.
- September 2013 - He composed a song for the D*ck Figures: The Movie alongside Wecht.
- He appeared on the, Did You Know Gaming? Web-series.
- 3rd August 2015 - He sang Party All Day with Steel Panther at their venue in West Hollywood House of Blues.
- He is the co-host and co-creator of the Ball in Your Ear football-centric podcast alongside Josh Sprague.
- He performed the theme track Might Magiswords Cartoon Network series.
- September 2017 - He featured in Night Runner's band album, Thunderbird, on their Magnum Bullets song.
- May 2018 - He featured on Tupper Ware Remix Party album, Together through Time, on their 9th song, Starlight Brigade.
- 17th April 2020 - He released a collaborative album titled Dan Avidan and Super Guitar Bros together with Super Guitar Bros.
Avidan has tried his luck in the film industry. His career spans several movies, TV shows, web series, writing and appearance in video games. Here are the highlights:
Movies and TV shows
He has played the following roles in these movies and TV shows:
- 2018 - Might Magsiworld as the voice of Dan
- 2018 - Conan as himself
- 2019 - A Heist with Markiplier as Alien 2
- TBA - The Players' Score: A Video Game Music Documentary as himself
- 2012 - Dirty Shorts as Himself
- 2012 - DJs in PJs as Slice (voice)
- 2013 to present - Game Grumps as Himself
- 2013 to 2014 - Nacho Punch as Uncredited
- 2013 - Idiots Always Ask as Himself
- 2013 - The Indoor Kids as Himself (voice)
- 2014 - D*ck Figures as Danny Sexbang
- 2014 - Co-Optitude as Himself (voice)
- 2015 - Did You Know Gaming? as Himself (voice)
- 2015 - Red vs Blue as Lap Fed (voice)
- 2015 - On the Spot as Himself
- 2015 - Your Grammar Su*ks as Danny Sexbang
- 2015 to 2017 - Good Mythical Morning as Himself
- 2016 - Jash as Waiter
- 2016 - MatPat's Game Lab as Himself
- 2016 - The Legacy Music Hour as Himself (voice)
- 2017 - Harmontown as Himself (voice)
- 2017 - Good Game as Alex Taylor
- 2018 - YouTubers React as Himself
- 2018 - SuperMegaCast as Himself
As a writer
- 2012 - DJs in PJs
- 2013 - The Mythical Show
- 2013 - Have You Ever
- 2013 - CLOWN SHARK SONG
- 2013 - YO MAMA BATTLE (of Compliments)
- 2013 - Famous Last Words 2
- 2013 - Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical
- 2013 - Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs Geek
- 2016 - Pulsar Arena as Danny Sexbang
- 2017 - Pinstripe as Daniel the Monster
- 2017 - Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator as Rober
- 2018 - Monster Prom as Fellow Student
- 2019 - River City Girls as Billy Lee
- 2020 - House Party as Dan
- TBA - Hex Heroes as Danny
Girlfriend and kids
The American singer is in a relationship with Ashley Anderson. She is an animator and the Oscar finalist for a short film, Extinguished. Dan Avidan and Ashley Anderson started dating in 2019 but kept the union away from the limelight.
Does Dan Avidan have a child? No, he doesn't have any kid yet.
Dan Avidan net worth
The internet personality has earned vast sums of money from singing, songwriting, comedy and acting. He has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of 2021.
On 21st March 2021, an anonymous woman accused the singer of grooming. The woman alleged that the singer groomed her while underage. She also provided videos and screenshots of their text conversations.
The singer came out to offer a statement regarding the accusations. He acknowledged having consented sexual relations with the woman. He also stated that the woman was 22 years at the time.
Dan Avidan is the epitome of hard work, resilience and commitment to his career. He started his career at a young age and has grown to become a renowned entertainer. He is an inspiration to many upcoming artists.
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