Comedian and writer Lloyd Ahlquist, known online as EpicLLOYD, has been performing professionally for the past 13 years and may be best known for his original online content on his popular YouTube channel /EpicLLOYD (http://www.youtube.com/) along with his channel with personality Nice Peter—/ERB, which is home to the record-breaking comedy series “Epic Rap Battles of History.” Lloyd has over 20 million views and over 400,000 subscribers to his channel, which is quickly gaining momentum, due to his hit original rap series “Dis Raps For Hire.”
Originally from New Hampshire, Lloyd’s entertainment career began at the University of Massachusetts where he co-founded the comedy improv group Mission IMPROVable (http://www.missionimprovable.com/). Lloyd and his M.i. companions performed improv acts across campus, later packing up their lives in one giant moving van to study and perform in Chicago. The group eventually took to the road performing at colleges and clubs all over the country. While in Chicago, Lloyd trained at The Second City, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theatre. Along the way he met Peter Shukoff (aka Nice Peter) who he recruited to join Mission IMPROVable to satisfy expanding tour dates. Lloyd later relocated to Los Angeles and in 2009, the improv group began the M.i. Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA. Lloyd is still an active owner, board member, performer and teacher at the club today. After Peter also relocated to the L.A. area, he and Lloyd connected again in the comedy circuit.
In 2010 Nice Peter, already a well-established YouTube personality with Maker Studios (http://www.makerstudios.com/), suggested that one of the live segments he, Lloyd and MC Mr. Napkins were performing—an improv rap show—was better suited as a digital format. The duo brought the idea to Maker and hit the ground running with filmmaker Dave McCary. Tapping into his growing YouTube fan base, Nice Peter went to his channel subscribers for potential matchup ideas. Premiering on Nice Peter’s channel in September 2010 as “Epic Rap Battles of History,” John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly, the first battle in the series, was an instant hit. It was Episode #2 though, Adolf Hitler vs. Darth Vader that became a viral sensation—with now over 78 million views. After fifteen battles the series ended its first season with The Final Battle: Nice Peter vs. EpicLLOYD and launched Season 2 in December 2011 with a dedicated YouTube channel—/ERB.
Prior to the launch of ERB Season 2, Lloyd joined Maker Studios himself, introducing his own channel /EpicLLOYD to his fans and featuring original hip hop music along with the recurring original rap series “Dis Raps for Hire.” For the series, Lloyd chooses user-submitted comments and requests for him to lyrically “destroy” or insult another person that is bullying or harassing the user. The videos attract hundreds of thousands of views per upload. Lloyd has been featured on Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, "CinemaBlend.com, and NewMediaRockstars.com, among others and has additionally appeared on television in FX’s “The League" and Comedy Central's "Key and Peele."