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Not to be confused with Brian Welch.

Brian Wecht

Wecht as his Ninja Brian character in 2012

Background information
Also known asNinja Brian
Born(1975-04-22) April 22, 1975 (age 42)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
GenresComedy rock, synth pop, electronic
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, comedian, record producer, Internet personality, writer, actor, social media manager, theoretical physicist
InstrumentsKeyboards, piano, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, clarinet, programming
Years active2009–present
Associated actsGame Grumps, Ninja Sex Party, Starbomb

Brian Wecht (born April 22, 1975), also known by his stage and character name Ninja Brian, is an American multi-instrumental musician (but mainly keyboardist), songwriter, comedian, record producer, Internet personality, writer, actor, social media manager, and retired theoretical physicist. He is best known as one half of the comedymusical duoNinja Sex Party, one third of the video game-based comedy music trio Starbomb, and a member of the team of the Let's Play webseries Game Grumps, all three alongside Dan Avidan.

Wecht originally worked as a theoretical physicist, and notably held research positions at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Michigan, and the Queen Mary University of London.[1][2] Specialized in particle physics, his work included research on string theory, supersymmetry, and quantum field theory.[3][4] He retired in 2015, choosing to join Game Grumps while focusing on his musical career.[5] He is also the co-creator of The Story Collider, a science-based story telling podcast recorded in front of a live audience.[6]

An improv comedian and musician, Wecht met Avidan in 2009. The same year, the two created Ninja Sex Party, in which Wecht plays the character of Ninja Brian, an uncommunicative, homicidal masked ninja, in both live shows and music videos. He performed all instruments on early Ninja Sex Party albums, including guitar, bass, and drums, until Tupper Ware Remix Party started acting as their backing band in 2015.

Career[edit]

Education[edit]

Wecht attended University of California, San Diego where he obtained his PhD in particle physics.[1] Wecht held research positions at Harvard University, the Center for Theoretical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Michigan, prior to becoming a faculty member at the Queen Mary University of London.[2] While there, Wecht worked on string theory, supersymmetry, and quantum field theory.[3][4]

Wecht has an extensive record of highly cited contributions.[7] He retired in 2015 to join Game Grumps, which would allow him more time as a musician.[5]

Ninja Sex Party[edit]

Main article: Ninja Sex Party

Prior to meeting Dan Avidan, Wecht was the musical director of an improv comedy troupe in New York.[8] In 2009, Avidan, who had conceptualized Ninja Sex Party and was in search of a bandmate and/or producer, was introduced by Wecht by Julie Katz, a member of Wecht's comedy troupe (who would later be featured in Ninja Sex Party's music video "The Decision"), to whom Avidan had asked if she knew any musicians.[9]

Specializing in humorous songs, both on stage or in their music videos, the duo started by appearing on various film festivals.[10][11][12] They regularly published original songs on their YouTube channel, which progressively helped them becoming popular, as well as studio albums on a regular basis. Although he only played keyboards on stage, Wecht performed all instruments on early Ninja Sex Party albums, including guitar, bass, and drums, while Avidan was in charge of all vocals, except for occasional backing or spoken vocals by Wecht. Ultimately, the duo was joined by backing band Tupper Ware Remix Party in 2015, after which Wecht focused solely on keyboards for studio recordings.

Starbomb[edit]

Main article: Starbomb

Wecht's bandmate Dan Avidan had been the co-host of the Let's Play webseries Game Grumps since 2013. The same year, Wecht, Avidan, and Avidan's co-Game Grumps host Arin Hanson formed Starbomb.[13] This new comedy band followed the humorous style of Ninja Sex Party, but focused on video game parodies. The project was officially revealed on December 3, 2013.[14][15] It was quickly followed by a self-titled album on December 17.[16][17][18] A second album, Player Select, was released on December 16, 2014.

On November 7, 2017, the trio hinted that the recording of a third album was underway.[19]

Game Grumps[edit]

Main article: Game Grumps

Wecht officially joined the Game Grumps team alongside Avidan and Hanson on November 5, 2015, becoming their new social media manager; he had occasionally appeared in their videos, mainly alongside Avidan to promote Ninja Sex Party.[5] The team officially introduced him via a humorous sketch featured at the beginning of their BurgerTime video, "revealing" him to be the secret mastermind behind Game Grumps all along.[20]

He is occasionally featured in some of their videos, mostly in Grumpcade and Steam Train, but also in several non-gameplay videos.[20][21][22] He was the co-writer, composer and puppeteer on their promotional short I Burgie Burgie, and its sequel All Hail Burgie.[23][24]

Others[edit]

Wecht appeared in an episode of Hot Pepper Game Review episode on September 16, 2013, "reviewing" the video game Dark under his Ninja Brian persona after eating a very spicy chili pepper; the episode is a joke, as Ninja Brian simply stares at the camera in silence for the entire episode, not blinking a single time in almost four minutes.[25]

He also appeared in the fourth episode of the second season of Child Genius in 2014, having set questions about string theory for the participants, and reacting to their answers.[26]

He voiced the character of Quizzmaster Quinn in the video game Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, a 2017 visual novel video game made by members of Game Grumps. He also appeared in two episodes of Good Game, a webseries starring Avidan and Hanson.

Personal life[edit]

Wecht is married to Rachel Wecht, born Bitney. The couple has a daughter, Audrey, born in 2014; nicknamed "Ninja Audrey", she appeared on several special Grumpcade episodes in 2017 with her father to celebrate Father's Day.[27][28]

One of his inspirations for becoming a theoretical physicist was the television series Quantum Leap.[29] He has very negative views on being anti-vaccine, and towards the use of pseudoscience over scientifically-proven treatments for serious diseases.[30]

Bibliography[edit]

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ ab"Brian Wecht - Institute for Advanced Study". IAS. 
  2. ^ ab"Brian Wecht - NECSS". NECSS. 
  3. ^ ab"TALK NERDY". Stitcher. 
  4. ^ ab"Brian Wecht - Perimeter Institute". Perimeter Institute. 
  5. ^ abc"Ninja Sex Party Tales of Strawberries and Cream". Living Myth Media. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. 
  6. ^"Pratfalls of Parenting". Pratfalls of Parenting. 
  7. ^[1] Google scholar
  8. ^Augustborn, Nicolas (January 9, 2013). "Ninja Sex Party Interview". YouTube. 
  9. ^"Ninja Sex Party Interview". Double Down the Line. 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  10. ^"SXSW Lineup: Friday, March 11". Sched.org. March 11, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  11. ^"Music Videos". Dragon Con. September 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  12. ^Garcia, Conrad (April 19, 2011). "Live Review: 3rd Annual L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival". Disarray Magazine. DisarrayMagazine.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  13. ^Napierski, Steve (December 19, 2013). "Luigi's Ballad". Dueling Analogs. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  14. ^"Egoraptor and NSP are STARBOMB!". Arin Hanson. Show You. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  15. ^Herd, James. "Egoraptor and Ninja Sex Party announce their newest project: STARBOMB". Pixcelation Entertainment. WordPress. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  16. ^"Starbomb Is Coming NEXT WEEK!". Ninja Sex Party. YouTube, Google. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  17. ^"STARBOMB Debut Album Pre-Order - GET HYPED!!". Game Grumps. YouTube, Google. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  18. ^"Starbomb drops TOMORROW!". Ninja Sex Party. YouTube, Google. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  19. ^"Instagram post by Starbomb • Nov 8, 2017 at 12:03 am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  20. ^ abGameGrumps (November 5, 2015). "Burger Time - Grumpcade". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  21. ^GameGrumps (November 17, 2015). "Elevator Action - Grumpcade". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  22. ^GrumpOut (April 26, 2016). "The Ad Monster - GrumpOut". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  23. ^GameGrumps (August 14, 2015). "I Burgie Burgie - NEW SHIRT!!". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  24. ^GameGrumps (October 3, 2015). "All Hail Burgie - Spooky Halloween Shirt!". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  25. ^Hot Pepper Gaming (September 16, 2013). "Dark - Hot Pepper Game Review feat. Ninja Brian". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  26. ^"Child cruelty! Viewers' fury at TV genius contest that left two boys in tears after they lost to fellow contestant". Daily Mail. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  27. ^GameGrumps (April 22, 2014). "The Goonies II: The Last Goon - PART 7 - Game Grumps". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  28. ^GameGrumps (June 18, 2017). "Robot Party with Ninja Audrey - Grumpcade". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  29. ^GameGrumps (November 10, 2015). "Zelda Tri Force Heroes: Ultimate Lifeform - PART 1 - Grumpcade". Retrieved November 26, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  30. ^"Hey guys, it's Brian. I'm on a plane. Ask me stuff! • r/gamegrumps". reddit. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 

The web address for this page and the arXiv author id for Brian Wecht is http://arxiv.org/a/wecht_b_1. There is also an Atom feed available from http://arxiv.org/a/wecht_b_1.atom2 (authors combined, best for most current feed readers), and http://arxiv.org/a/wecht_b_1.atom (authors in separate atom:author elements).

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Brian Wecht's articles on arXiv

[2] arXiv:1409.7668 [pdf, other]
[18] arXiv:0809.4437 [pdf, ps, other]
[19] arXiv:0904.4431 [pdf, ps, other]
[22] arXiv:0708.3984 [pdf, ps, other]
[26] arXiv:hep-th/0505211 [pdf, ps, other]
[27] arXiv:hep-th/0504110 [pdf, ps, other]
[29] arXiv:hep-th/0502049 [pdf, ps, other]
[34] arXiv:hep-th/0304128 [pdf, ps, other]
[35] arXiv:hep-th/0305046 [pdf, ps, other]
[36] arXiv:hep-th/0206212 [pdf, ps, other]

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