YouTube star drafted in FX's fantasy football series
The Internet knows few geographical boundaries — beyond those imposed by a dictatorship clamping down here or there — and that fact turned out to be serendipitous for Jon Lajoie.
The native of Quebec trained to be an actor, worked in a French-language soap and played in a band for a time. But when he decided to try comedy and applied his charmingly obscene sense of humor to musicvideos, the result was a viral outbreak of the best kind.
“A switch just went off in my head,” he said. “I grew up with Kids in the Hall and Monty Python and I always loved that stuff.”
His “Show Me Your Genitals” video generated almost 19 million hits on YouTube. His “Everyday Normal Guy” has received almost 11.5 million views.
Some of those views were from execs at FX, who promptly recognized Lajoie’s talents and signed him as one of the stars of the cabler’s new fall comedy “The League,” about a group of young males grappling with adulthood as they compete in fantasy football. He subsequently signed with UTA and Underground Films.
Now Lajoie counts Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay among his fans. And he’s still at it, creating new videos and even composing some music for “The League.”
“When we shot the pilot,” Lajoie said, “I mentioned in a meeting that I wrote a birthday song. They said, ‘Send it to us.’ They loved it and put it in the script. Then they asked me to write another one. They like what I do and just ask me to be myself.”
The trick will be to fit Lajoie into the FX mix without alarming the FCC while at the same time maintaining the edge that got him to this point in his career. Lajoie isn’t concerned.
“The beauty of this is that (creators and exec producers Jeff Schaffer and wife Jackie Marcus Schaffer) have a sick sense of humor,” Lajoie explains. “They get dark and dirty, but it’s smart at the same time.”