Act out a skit, you’re the piano man!
No, it’s not as catchy as Billy Joel’s original lyrics, but doing just that has helped pianist Daniel Thrasher gain more than three million subscribers on his YouTube channel. The channel, named after Thrasher himself, is full of comedy sketches, and most of them pertain to music.
But you don’t need a music theory degree in order to comprehend the jokes. Even if you aren’t a musician, the skits are simple to understand. He’ll riff on riffs. He’ll turn the “If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands” into a recipe for disaster. Many of his videos star various versions of himself.
Thrasher’s skill on the piano is impressive and fun to listen to, and it may encourage children to want to practice their own instruments. Thrasher’s humorous skits can be fun and engaging. And musicians, may find some of those sketches to be relatable.
Many of Thrasher’s skits contain problematic content. In one video, “When you pray to Gsus” (a reference to a type of chord), a Jesus-like depiction appears, does sensual movements and references the coming of a great flood. “Gsus’” knees’ flatulate, and he says that it’s one of his miracles. He claims that his father is G-A-D (the notes of a Gsus2 chord). In another skit, Thrasher prays to “Lort,” and Lort’s transparent cousin arrives instead to bless his prayers.
Other skits depict Thrasher as the devil or possessed by a demon. When Thrasher plays a tritone on the piano, he accidentally summons Satan, who causes a man to have a seizure.
We’ll hear other sensual jokes, including a reference to a chastity belt, a pornographic genre and a lyric reading “when bae’s booty go awoogah.” In terms of violence, one skit shows a group of people plotting someone’s murder behind Thrasher’s back, and in another, Thrasher pretends to break his legs in order to get out of a social encounter.
We’ll occasionally hear censored swear words, including the f-word, s-word and “a–.” God’s name is frequently taken in vain.
Daniel Thrasher offers plenty of sketches that just might get a laugh or two out of you. And while many of the skits don’t have any content concerns, there are a number that do, including multiple spiritual jokes and a few sensual ones, too. And that might not be music to parents’ ears.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”