It’s not every day you see a comedian who hypes the crowd up with music and sound effects when he’s not throwing out silly jokes. But that’s basically what happens during a DJ Douggpound set.
Born in Chicago and based in L.A., Douggpound (real name: Doug Lussenhop) is a comedian who looks like he would be more suited keeping a party crunk than making a room full of people laugh. Dressed like your regular, everyday mixmaster-for-hire (he even has the adjustable headphones around his neck) and armed with his trusty sampler, he usually peppers his routine with wild sound effects and musical snippets. He’s been known to throw in offbeat musical choices, like slipping Creed into the mix, just to make the audience giggle.
Being a stand-up DJ has gotten him far in the comedy scene. Comedian and “Chappelle’s Show” co-creator Neal Brennan brought in Douggpound to do his thing on “The Champs,” the recently retired podcast Brennan co-hosted with fellow comic Moshe Kasher. But not everyone who appeared on the podcast was amused by Douggpound’s aural antics. Chris Rock was so memorably annoyed by what Douggpound was doing, it made him re-evaluate his purpose on the show.
“I don’t think Chris Rock ever heard the podcast, or I don’t think Neal really filled him in on who I was,” says Douggpound. “So that was annoying for me. I was just trying to do my job – you know, do little, funny sound effects during the interview. And he looked at me like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ So, I felt like, ‘Yeah, what am I doing?’”
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Douggpound is mostly known in the comedy world for his eccentric skills as a film editor. He provided the trademark surreal, often off-putting editing moves for anti-comedy duo Tim and Eric and their Adult Swim sketch show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”
“I had been working with them ever since their animated show ‘Tom Goes to the Mayor,’” he says. “So I had been doing my own kind of editing style like that for years, before I even met them really. And I just kind of brought what I was doing to their show, and it was like a perfect match.”
Douggpound soon became the go-to guy for alt-comics looking to bring some visual weirdness to television, editing for such shows as “The Eric Andre Show” and “Portlandia.” And yet, Douggpound says he doesn’t want to be seen as just the crazy editor guy. “I don’t really want to be the go-to guy anymore, because I like to do different things,” he says. “I don’t want to only be an editor, which is kind of what I’ve been doing.”
These days, Douggpound also aims to wow people with his production work. He’s released several mixtapes and compilations, which you can find on his Bandcamp page. Although the music often has him collaborating with fellow comics and coming up with silly, blip-hop-infused joints, he says he would like people to understand he is serious about releasing music. It’s just one of the many talents this versatile gentleman has in his repertoire.
“I think that’s kind of, like, my thing,” he says. “I can’t just be a stand-up or an editor or a DJ. I always have to be, like, getting into different things that keep me kind of inspired, you know.”
Until that day comes when Douggpound becomes the next DJ Mustard, as rappers and singers call him into the studio and request his freshest beats, you can catch him doing his stand-up act. On Wednesday, he’ll be at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
For all his versatility as a musician, editor and all-around artist, he still enjoys it when people groove to his comedy. As he says, “I just want people to associate me with funny.”
What: “Pound House Live,” featuring DJ Douggpound, Brent Weinbach and Versus
When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro
Info: 919-967-9053 or catscradle.com