Who Is DJ Lance Rock

DJ Lance Rock

As a father of a 2 year old I'm subject to a lot of bad children's television programing. Normally I can tune it out and concentrate on whatever PHP book I'm reading that week, but one program that caught my eye was Yo Gabba Gabba!

If you've never had the privilege to see Yo Gabba Gabba! you truly are missing out. The show is about five toy monsters that are brought to life by a man, DJ Lance Rock, in a bright orange spandex jumpsuit and sporting a puffy orange hat and thick rimmed black sunglasses. Everyone sings and dances while teaching the children good life lessons like 'don't hit your friends'.

Jack Black dancing on Yo Gabba Gabba! | Image borrowed from smotherhood.biz

The episode I saw guest starred Jack Black. Jack was flying a talking scooter which ran out of gas and landed in the strange Yo Gabba Gabba! land, and yes I did say flying. In an effort to find more gas he sings and dances with the different characters of the show. I don't want to spoil the ending for you, but I will tell you that Jack ends up in a bright orange spandex jumpsuit as well.

Jack Black on Yo Gabba Gabba! | Image borrowed from Nick Jr. nicknz.co.nz

The reason I started paying attention is because I'm a fan of Jack Black. But while watching this I started to wonder who this DJ Lance was, and why would someone like Jack Black be on his program. He must have been someone famous in the music world before Yo Gabba Gabba! offered him more money.

Whenever I want to know about anything I go to Wikipedia first. Wikipedia knows everything.

Lance Robertson | Image borrowed from nocostl.com

According to Wikipedia, DJ Lance Rock was born Lance Robertson in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from Hazelwood East High School in 1983. Why am I telling you this about him. Well, for starters, I live in St. Louis and had a lot of friends that went to Hazelwood East. After reading this I was hooked. DJ Lance just became very interesting to me.

In the 90's Robertson was the singer in a rock band, My Other Self, and owned a record store called Deep Grooves.  Eventually he moved to LA to work at Amoeba Records and became well known in the local indie rock scene with the band The Ray Makers. While with the Ray Makers he met anther local musician Scottie Schultz from the band the Majestic. Schultz eventually co-created as show NOGGIN, now Nick Jr., called Yo Gabba Gabba! and called on his old friend Lance Robertson to host it for him and the rest was history.

Now this once indie rocker hosts a show featuring stars such as Jack Black, The Shins, Shiny Toy Guns, Tony Hawk Andy Samberg and the hobbit himself, Elijah Wood. This is truly a case of a 'local boy done good'.

So if you get the opportunity to watch DJ Lance Rock on Yo Gabba Gabba!, and you just so happen to be from the St. Louis area, root on the local boy and know that anything is possible.



He went to my high school...weird... kinda cool...

I just wondered if he was gay?

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You know, I really don't know, but I think it might just be his gimmick. But either way, he's REALLY good at what he does. My son just saw a commercial for a Live Yo Gabba Gabba! performance that's coming to town, and he really wants to go. So DJ Lance Rock must be doing something right.

Does it really matter? He's fun, energetic and animated. In my eyes he is neither gay nor straight he is just a guy that is helping shape my daughter with fun music and lessons.

mgmt was on too! he has so many cool artists on there it's crazy!

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I agree. The first time I saw Yo Gabba Gabba! I didn't know what to think, now it's more than grown on me. DJ Lance Rock has changed, in my mind, from a strange guy in an orange suit to someone nearly cool. I'm even excited about the Weird Al episode. As far as I know it has already aired, but I still haven't seen it yet.

The Wierd Al episode was really good!!!

Yo Gaba Gaba is an awesome show, I love it and usually hate all those kids shows, it's the coolest kids show out there and the music is AWESOME!!! lol

Reading this shows that people care in this racist, homophobic society. Yo Gabba Gabba is a great show. My three year old grand daughter love DJ Lance Rock and all the characters.

When I first saw an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba, I thought..."Who is this guy and how did he get his own show?" THEN...I bought a dvd that had an episode of YGG and my 2 year old is HOOKED! As an adult, you can't help but laugh and talk about how rediculous it seems when you are first exposed...but....you quickly get sucked in and are just as hooked as your toddler. LOL!

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Oh yeah! By far one of the highlights of my life has been seeing Jack Black in the Orange Spandex Jumpsuit on Yo Gabba Gabba!

I have a 1 & half year old daughter who LOVES yo gabba gabba. I have watched it many times and think that it is a very entertaining show for kids (and parents). When I caught the episode with Jack Black I laughed through almost the whole show, he was so funny! My favorite part was when he had on the orange spandex suit, hilarious!

I too am from the St. Louis area and just recently found out about DJ Lance. My 3 year old also loves the show! And I can't help but watch it because its so bizarre!

I just saw the Jack Black episode and I was cracking up the entire time!

Very few kids shows exist that are tolerable to adults as well. So I'm grateful for shows like Yo Gabba Gabba and Spongebob, or I probably would have lost my sanity some time ago!

I have an 14month old niece that has been watching Yo Gabba Gabba since she was 6months and she loves it! she gets a big smile one her face when she sees Dj Lance Rock! i even wach with her it so cool and fun< you learn,laugh all at once1 the whole family is hooked to the show. Its the best childrens show out there and hope it stays around for a long while! GO YO GABBA GABBA! IT ROCKS!

LOL this show is off the hook. I watch it with my 3 year old daughter and she just goes in a daze when it comes on (kinda scary i must say). Has anyone seen the episode when they (Muno) sing the song "I like bugs".LOL. DJ Lance is an old head but he looks great! This show also reminds me of Wonder Showzen which used to come on MTV2 but for adults only.

Hi! I met Lance in high school in St. Louis. We were friends immediately! He is a wonderful man and I hope only good things for him! He is also a VERY busy man! My kids were a bit older when the show came out and I live in the Middle East now so we have only seen a couple of shows when we were home this summer in St. Louis. I got to see him after so many years and it was like we were in high school again! Keep the love strong as I want only success for him! I will have to buy the DVD's to truly experience the program! I'm happy to read that a lot of you adults really like the show. I am a bit ignorant there. Keep watching YGG!!

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That's great! and a relief. One of my biggest concerns with meeting a celebrity is that they could be a jerk. And sure, I understand that you have millions of people bugging you all of the time, but I shouldn’t have to worry you’ll scare my 3-year-old when we see you at the local supermarket and want to come say ‘hi’ or take a picture. It’s nice to hear that DJ Lance is a good guy, and I’m sure he’s quite busy with tours, television show and god know what else.

The best of luck to you in the Middle East and I would highly recommend picking up the Yo Gabba Gabba! DVDs, especially since you know DJ Lance personally. And if you think of it, next time you see him, tell him that a 3-year-old and his dad say ‘hi’.

Thanks for letting me know the background story on DJ Lance Rock. My 2 year old gets so worked up when Yo Gabba Gabba comes on. My favorite song is "Don't Bite Your Friends" - cracks me up.

I'll never forget the first time my kids and I caught Yo Gabba Gabba. I was too stunned to turn the channel, even though it all seemed too ridiculous for words...and my kids fell in LOVE with the show. I started liking it, too. It teaches my kids things like, "Cleaning up your toys is FUN!" (THANK YOU, Plex) and the famous "Don't hit your friends!" DJ Lance kicks some major butt. I wish I were as happy as he always is, and that I got to wear such a spiffy hat.

Im not sure who loves the show more, me or my 2 year old daughter! Then, we saw it live and really fell in love!! That live show was as good as any concert I had ever been to. I love this show because it is eccentric and reminds me of something I would have watched as a child! Yo Gabba Gabba rocks!

If you've never seen this show...you are missing out! It's an H.R. Puffinstuff(any 80's cartoon fans know what I'm talkin' about) meets "The Electric Company" on LSD! ...Very entertaining for kids and their parents!!

that show caters to retards.

My son is 19 months hold. He can read over 100 workds, count to 10, recognizes his animals and shapes. He likes to shoot a basketball and throw a football. He is hardly a retard, and he loves Yo Gabba Gabba. Guess what...Yo Gabba Gabba is on. You should watch the show and maybe you'll find half a brain.

Don't feed the trolls Shawn. lol

You forgot to mention that mark Mothersbaugh, Devo singer song-writer, does an art segment on YGG now too!

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Yeah, I think I need to write a follow up article about all the famous people (and who they are for those who don't know) that have been on Yo Gabba Gabba! There have been so many. Just another thing to add to my to-do list.


HOLLAAAAAAAA!! BRONX ALL DAY ERRYDAY. Yo gabba gabba is a gift from God, keeps the kids in a learning-zoned-out trance :)

i can't believe he's forty five years old?! he looks like he's in his twenties!

I must admit at first I was a bit creeped out by DJ Lance
but my 9 month old loves YGG & now I do too. At feeding
time we always sing "there's a party in my tummy, so yummy, so
yummy." :)

Mickeys Mommy
Not trying to be mean,but is it because he was'nt your typical white host,the dark skin,and everything kinda threw you off

The fact that he wasn't white did throw me off. I assumed it would be about stealing, drug use, and every other immoral activity that non whites participate in. Idiot

My granddaughter is now 17 month and the firts thing she say in the morning when she wakes up is ganma and then gabba, She knows the name and even do she have a problem with the saying the name isf you say the name she can point at them. She dance and sing some of the worg to the songs. She have the bedding set and her pilla and she now when is nap time when she watch SLEEP. She loves Neww Friends and Happy, Bugs and Weather. We recorded all the show so she spend over 8 hrs a day on Gabba Land. THANK YOU DJ LANCE FOR A WHOLESOME SHOW. KEEP THE GOOD WORK. LOVE THE NEW EPISODES.

How about instead of assuming his skin color creeped her out, you take a look at the fact that the host is a grown man in a skin tight, bright orange jumpsuit, with a large fuzzy hat on his head. I was also weirded out the first episode, but I have grown to love YGG just as much as my children. (and no, I had no problem with his skin color, I was also weirded out by Jack Black in a skin tight jumpsuit, and he's a white guy) Don't assume racism where there is none, "All my friends are different, but I love them all the same"~ the gabba gang

Ha Jehova god! That made my day! So did "pilla" instead of pillow. My 1 year old loves ygg

Well, I personally find him and that Biz man very disturbing. But my siblings like it so what the heck.

I KNOW RIGHT! He looks like he got drunk the night before and rolled out of bed to draw really bad pictures.

Who cares what his personal life is. Yo Gabba is the only TV I let my granddaughter watch and she doesn't miss the commercial pablum. He upholds the highest standards for the children. May Jehovah God grant him a long,healthy,happy, and productive life. And let the haters ...

My 3 year old absolutely loves this show and I love how it reinforces good manners. I am very particular in what my child watches. For instance he cannot watch hai ka pan(or however u spell it) for it teaches kids negative words such as "I can't". I can't wait til ygg live comes in town. We will be there front and center!!!

Rupert, you are hilarious!
I have a one yr old and 3 yr old. They love the show, and I am strangely drawn to DJ Lance.
Even my 7 yr old plays the Jack Black episode "new friends " on Netflix over and over. we all enjoy "going crazy " with him.
I am proud to say I got Jack 's dance routine down.
Very interesting talking with other grown ups about Yo Gabba Gabba.

OMGSHH! my 1 year old daughter goes CRAZY when this show comes on I mean dancing, clapping, and trying her best to say YO GABBA GABBA. This is a good attention catching show for toddlers! she watched nearly the entire show soI took it upon myself to make it a test to see how well she responds to other kids shows opposed to Y.G.G. so Mickey Mouse Clubhouse the theme song had her attention and after that she was into something else. Bubble Guppies, Super Why, Little Einsteins, Backyardigains, Dora The Explorer Etc...nothing but Yo Gabba Gabba really made her happy. Dj Lance Rock is great at what he does as well as the other 5 little monsters. She has to watch atleast 1 episode everyday. It has took alot of my recording space if I could record every single episode I would simply because it makes her SO happy! EVERYONE PLEASE GIVE THIS SHOW A CHANCE! (If you haven't already done so.) Thanks for reading this.

I am an adult. And I love Yo Gabba Gabba. I enjoy this show about as much as my 20 month old. The cool music and bands they introduce. The personalities of all the characters--- my favorite are DJLR and Brobee (the resident depressed kid, LOL!) And Foofa (the delusional optimist!). Entertainment at its finest. Ps. If you don't have the soundtrack cd, get it!!

I will say honestly I didn't want my grandchildren watching this show. Until I sat and watched the whole show. My grandson LOVES this show so we got netflix so he can watch it whenever he wants to its very educational. I recommend this show 2 any parent my grandson is 2 and he.watches the whole show and interacts with it.

It's a great show, and I think Mr. Robertson is doing a really great job and I personnaly just want to thank you for not just entertaining my grandson, but he now knows how to say bye, be friends, hello, and other little things that he has picked up from the show. Thank you so much for being a part of my family, Oh. His mother my daughter is crazy about the show as well

When I first saw the show, I thought it was pretty good, but I switch back to Barney ABC. However, even though my grandson likes Barney, he is crazy about DJ Rock. So I have to split his time between the two shows, because he is crazy about them both. he is one years old, and shen he sees, DJ Rock, he starts screaming at the top of his voice if anyone stands in front of the television. We have to be silent when the program comes on or he screams for us to be quiet. He hasent learn how to talk yet, so maybe when he does, he will just let us know that we are standing in front of his favorite program. I like the show alot myself.

All I can say is there's a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy! Love this show!

My daughter loves this show and she's(8months old) the only character i love in this show is groby? All the other one i find really weird specially dj rock who i just wana ********* i dont even wana say it, but since my daughter loves the show ill stick with it. but i still wana pull all my hair cuz for me its unwatchable. Im jealous of all you parents who can stand this show or it grew on you. ps i wana punch the guy who does all the drawing. ( goat in a boaaaatt!!!)

have a sister that's two years old loves the show she dances and sings to it to

I have no children, am 25 years old, and live with my parents. After my shift at Wendy's, i love to come home and go into my room. My room is filled with YGG poster's and clothing. I like to unwind with this show and sing and dance alongside DJ Lance and my favorite character Brobee. This is the only show that I actually enjoy. Sometimes if I have enough time between the end of my shift and the next episode of YGG I even get into my DJ Lance costume, which only makes my day that much better. I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you Lance Robertson


very, very weird


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