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Christian Jacobs
Christian Jacobs
Christian Jacobs

Birthname

Christian Richards Jacobs

Also known as

The Caped Commander, The Bat Commander, MC Bat Commander

Birthdate

(1972-01-11) January 11, 1972 (age 44)

Born

Rexburg, Idaho, U.S.

Occupation

Musician, television producer, actor

Years active

1982–present

Associated acts

The Aquabats

Archie Bunker's Place and Gloria TV show character

Joey Stivic

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Christian Richards Jacobs (born January 11, 1972) played the part of Joey Stivic on Gloria, the 1982-83 CBS spinoff series of All In The Family. A gifted actor, musician, television producer, voice actor and former child actor, Christian is perhaps best known along with Scott Schultz as the co-creator of the award-winning Nick Jr. children's television series Yo Gabba Gabba!, on which he additionally serves as a writer, director, composer and voice actor.

Christian is also known for his work as the co-founder and lead singer of the Orange County ska band The Aquabats, in which he performs under the stage persona of The MC Bat Commander, a character he currently portrays on The Hub series The Aquabats! Super Show!, of which he also co-created and produces.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Born in Rexburg, Idaho in 1972,[1] the second of five children, following his family's relocation to Los Angeles in 1976, Jacobs and his siblings, namely his older sister Rachel and younger brother Parker Jacobs, began working as child actors. Throughout the course of his childhood and into his late teens, Jacobs appeared in numerous productions, primarily playing bit parts in teen films such as Pretty in Pink and Gleaming the Cube and episodes of sitcoms like Married... with Children and Roseanne, before retiring from acting in the early 1990s, citing a dislike of the competitive nature of the business.[2]

While working on Gleaming the Cube, Jacobs befriended a number of well known and highly influential skateboarders and artists.[2] In 1990, he worked alongside Mark Gonzales and Jason Lee on Blind Skateboards Template:' Video Days', and as an artist, Jacobs designed board graphics for Tony Hawk's Birdhouse Skateboards and for the Jason Lee and Steve Berra pro models.

The great-grandson of prominent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader LeGrand Richards, Christian is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2] In 1991, he left the United States to serve as a missionary, living in and around Tōhoku, Japan] for two years. Upon returning to California, he began working various jobs and moonlighting in bands.[2]

The AquabatsEdit

In 1994, Jacobs co-founded the Huntington Beach, California-based superhero-themed band The Aquabats, in which he serves as the lead singer and primary songwriter under the stage name The MC Bat Commander (formerly "The Caped Commander" and "The Bat Commander"). Noted for their matching costumes and theatrical onstage fight scenes, the band initially formed as part of the Southern California third wave ska scene, though since 2000 have evolved into playing more punk and New Wave-influenced rock.

Yo Gabba Gabba!Edit

In 1999, Jacobs and Schultz formed the production company The Magic Store with the goal of creating family-oriented television entertainment. The duo independently filmed a pilot in 2005 for a preschooler-targeted children's television series called Yo Gabba Gabba!. The series was picked up by ViacomTemplate:'s Nick Jr. channel in 2007, eventually becoming an international success and winning numerous television awards. Yo Gabba Gabba! has since completed three seasons and has been renewed for a fourth.

Christian Jacobs is an avid surfer, skateboarder, Japanese toy collector and artist. He lives in Orange County, California, with his wife and four children.

DiscographyEdit

The AquabatsEdit

  • The Return of the Aquabats (1995) - vocals
  • The Fury of the Aquabats! (1997) - vocals
  • The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death! (1999) - vocals
  • Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (2000) - vocals
  • Yo! Check Out This Ride! EP (2004) - vocals
  • Charge!! (2005) - vocals
  • Radio Down! (2010) - vocals
  • Hi-Five Soup! (2011) - vocals

CollaborationsEdit

  • "Got Sumethin' (That You Ought to Know)" from Bad Credit's album Giving Back by Giving Up (2004)
  • "This Gigantic Robot Kills" from MC Lars Template:' album [This Gigantic Robot Kills (2009)

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Film Role
1986 Pretty in Pink Boy in record store
1989 Gleaming the Cube Gremic
1994 There Goes My Baby Jeff
2008 Punk Rock Holocaust 2 The MC Bat Commander

TelevisionEdit

Spencer Taylor (Host of local Los Angeles music television show Are-Oh-Vee).

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Love Boat B.J. Episode: "The Best of Friends/Too Many Dads/Love Will Find a Way"
1982–1983 Gloria Joey Stivic Series regular
1984 Second Sight: A Love Story Bruce TV movie
Finder of Lost Loves Scott Hargrove Episode: "Maxwell, Ltd." (series pilot)
Highway to Heaven Danny Episode: "Catch a Falling Star"
ABC Weekend Special Kurt Landry Episode: "Henry Hamilton, Graduate Ghost"
1985 The History of White People in America Tommy Harrison TV movie
The Canterville Ghost Rob TV movie
Berrenger's Bob Episode: "Dangerous Ground"
V Billy Episode: "Breakout"
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Cavin voice only; series regular (season one)
1986 The History of White People in America: Volume II Tommy Harrison TV movie
1987 In Love and War Jimmy (age 14) TV movie
Convicted: A Mother's Story TV movie
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage Tommy Harrison TV movie
Out of This World Derek Rogers Episode: "Broadway Danny Derek"
Just the Ten of Us Club Leader / Todd Episode: "Move It or Lose It"
Episode: "The Unkindest Cut of All"
1989 Married... with Children Shep Episode: "A Three Job, No Income Family"
Hard Time on Planet Earth Mark Brady Episode: "Rodeo Show"
ABC Afterschool Special Danny Episode: "My Dad Can't Be Crazy...Can He?"
Roseanne Andrew Episode: "Chicken Hearts"
1990 Guns of Paradise Henry Episode: "The Gates of Paradise"
Exile Derf TV movie
Major Dad Private LaBonte Episode: "Infant-ry"
1999 The Aquabats in Color! Bat Commander TV pilot. Also co-creator, writer and director.
2007–present Yo Gabba Gabba! Plex (voice only) Also co-creator, writer and director.
2008, 2012- The Aquabats Super Show! The MC Bat Commander Also co-creator and writer

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