Leigh Daniel "Dan" Avidan (born March 14, 1979), also known by his stage name Danny Sexbang, is an American Internet personality, singer-songwriter, and comedian. He is one half of the musical comedy duo Ninja Sex Party with Brian Wecht, as well as the co-host of the Let's Play webseries Game Grumps with Arin Hanson.[2][3] He is also part of the video game-based comedy music group Starbomb, alongside both Wecht and Hanson.[4]

Early life

Avidan was born and raised in Springfield, New Jersey,[5] the oldest of two children of Debra Schwartz and Avigdor Avidan.[6] His father was born and raised in Israel, before emigrating to America where he met Avidan's mother.[7] His younger sister, Dana Avidan,[8] is a bench jeweler,[9] and the executive style correspondent of InStyle magazine.[10] After graduating from Jonathan Dayton High School in 1997,[2] Avidan pursued advertising at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.[2] After dropping out due to disinterest in the course, Avidan entered a student exchange program, attending the Tufts University satellite campus in Talloires, France to study botany in the French Alps.[2]


2003–2008: The Northern Hues and Skyhill

In late 2003, Avidan joined the indie rock band The Northern Hues, a Philadelphia-based group created in early 2002, composed of guitarists Aron Brand and Jeff Rains, Alex Yaker, Justin Earley, and Ian Creech.[14] Avidan acted as the group's lead singer and songwriter, and provided most of the band's lyrics while staying in northern New Jersey.[2] They released one self-titled EP and one live album recorded in early 2005, at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.[14][2] In mid-2005, the band split up; Avidan attributes the separation to spending "years in [a band] that went nowhere due to lack of planning and focus."[2]

In the winter of 2006, Avidan teamed up with Peter Lennox to form a Brooklyn-based alternative pop duo named Skyhill.[2] Again, Avidan acted as lead singer and songwriter, and the group released one full album, Run With The Hunted, on May 16, 2007.[2] They toured New York in 2008,[2] before eventually separating due to creative differences. On October 7, 2015, Avidan and Lennox returned to release the one-track album Firefly,[3] acclaimed for the band's "maturing in both lyrics and sound" over their previous album.[3]

2009–2012: Ninja Sex Party formation

In 2009, Avidan began studying storytelling at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, under the guidance of Margot Leitman.[22] After joining the theatre's comedy troupe, Avidan began conceptualizing the possibility of a new musical project.[3] In need of a producer, Avidan was introduced to Brian Wecht, who was the musical director of another troupe,[3] by mutual friends at the theatre.[25] Avidan had already chosen the name "Ninja Sex Party," in addition to designing a costume for himself,[3] and worked together with Wecht to create characters to represent the band.[3] They eventually settled with "Danny Sexbang" as Avidan's character, and "Ninja Brian" as Wecht's. The duo first gained popularity by performing as a musical guest on Leitman's improvisational comedy show Stripped Stories.[22] Inspired by The Lonely Island and Flight of the Conchords, the band is about "a Jewish superhero who wears a unitard, with his best friend who's a ninja, and together they sing songs about dicks, and try to hit [unsuccessfully] on women."[25]

The group has released several studio albums and singles, many of the latter of which have charted on Billboard.[28][29] As of 2016, they have released three studio albums, one cover album, and are producing one untitled album yet to be released.[4][4]

The band has also appeared in various film festivals, including SXSW, Dragon Con, and the LACS.[4][4][4]

2013–present: Game Grumps and Starbomb

In mid-2013, Jon Jafari left his position as co-host of the Let's Play webseries Game Grumps.[35] With Jafari's departure, Arin Hanson, creator of the series, brought Avidan on to replace him as co-host.[36] Avidan would also join Ross O'Donovan as co-host of the Game Grumps spin-off show Steam Train, where both play PC games.[35] Avidan has remained the co-host of the show since. In addition to this, Avidan has acted as a co-host of other shows from the Game Grumps platform, including Grumpcade, and Steam Rolled, as well as providing narration for Hunting Monsters.[4]

In late 2013, Avidan, Wecht, and Hanson teamed up to create a side project band named Starbomb, with Avidan as the lead singer-songwriter.[4] The band writes parody songs about video games, bringing together the sexually provocative music stylings of Avidan's Ninja Sex Party and the video game-based humor of Hanson. As of 2016, the group has released two albums, both of which have placed on various Billboard charts.[4][5][5]

Other collaborations

In mid-2012, Avidan briefly partnered with Mondo Media to co-create and host a sketch comedy miniseries written by Lena Dunham called Dirty Shorts, in which Avidan portrayed an exaggerated version of himself, similar to that of Danny Sexbang.[5] The series was not received well, and was dropped after the first 12-episode season. Avidan has commented that the Mondo Media staff experience was welcoming, although he was not confident that the way his character was written would appeal to audiences.[5] Avidan also created, wrote, and provided voice acting for the studio's short-lived animated comedy miniseries, DJs in PJs.[5] Avidan returned to Mondo in September 2013 to compose "Dick Figures: The Movie: The Song" for the Dick Figures: The Movie soundtrack with Ninja Sex Party.[5]

Avidan has also appeared on various YouTube webseries as a guest, including Did You Know Gaming?,[5] a webseries dedicated to video game trivia, Good Mythical Morning,[5] a variety show hosted by Rhett and Link, and Nacho Punch,[5] a sketch comedy webseries.

On August 3, 2015, Avidan performed with Steel Panther at their House of Blues venue, singing "Party All Day."[5] The two have collaborated on multiple occasions, with Steel Panther making a cameo in Ninja Sex Party's "Road Trip" music video, and providing vocals for "6969."[6][6]

Avidan is the co-creator and co-host of the football-centric podcast Balls In Your Ear, along with Josh Sprague.[6][6]

Personal life

Avidan currently lives in Glendale, California, along with the other members of the Game Grumps platform.

Avidan is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.[6]


The Northern Hues

  • The Northern Hues EP (2004)
  • World Cafe Live 2005 (2005)


  • Run With The Hunted (2007)
  • Firefly (2015)

Ninja Sex Party




TBAThe Players' Score: A Video Game Music DocumentaryHimself

Web series

2012Dirty ShortsHimself12 episodes
2012DJs in PJsSlice (voice)2 episodes
2013–presentGame GrumpsHimself (voice)2,000+ episodes; co-host
2014Nacho PunchHimselfEpisode: "Hipsters Love Coffee"
2014Co-OptitudeHimselfEpisode: "Twisted Metal"
2015Did You Know Gaming?Himself (voice)Episode: "Guitar Hero"
2015Red vs. BlueFed (voice)Episode: "Temple of the Key"
2015On the SpotHimselfEpisode: "RTX 2015 (ft. Game Grumps)"
2015Good Mythical MorningHimselfEpisode: "What's Up My Sleeve? ft. Game Grumps"
2016JashWaiterEpisode: "#DoYourJob"
2016MatPat's Game LabHimselfEpisode: "Can Gamers Defuse BOMBS?"


2013The Indoor KidsHimselfEpisode: "Getting Grumpy with the Game Grumps"
2015–presentBalls In Your EarHimself25 episodes; co-host
2016Status EffectHimselfEpisode: "Game Grumps"

As writer

2012DJs in PJs2 episodes
2013The Mythical Show3 episodes
2013"Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical"Webby-winning video short
2013"Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs. Geek"Video short

Video games

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