Comedy Song Chameleon Nick Lutsko Heads to Exit/In This Weekend

Nick Lutsko can thank Chrissy Teigen for her burgeoning career in parody songwriting.

Well, sort of.

Lutkso made a name for himself in comedy circles as a sonic chameleon who counted viral laughs with a series of videos for the now defunct Super Deluxe website. You may not know his name, but you probably scrolled his earworm”Alex Jones Rants as Indie Folk Song” Where “Eminem as a Talking Heads song.”

But Lutsko never played a character in his songs — until one day in 2020, when Teigen dumped him on Twitter. He wrote his fake frustrations in a song and posted it on the social media platform.

It instantly became one of his biggest hits, comedic or otherwise.

“It was a green light to continue pursuing him,” said Lutsko, a Chattanooga native and alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University. “I brushed off all those feelings of impostor syndrome. … It was a check on what I should be putting my energy into.”

Lutsko started spinning fast songs about bizarre cultural topics (yes, he wrote a trilogy of songs about department store impersonator Spirit Halloween), one-way arguments with conservative talking heads (especially Dan Bongino) and a seat at the table for a “Gremlins” reboot. Since 2020, he has released two parody albums: “Songs On The Computer” and “More Songs On The Computer”.

Nick Lutsko performs Saturday at Exit/In in Nashville, Tennessee.

He’s bringing his songs to Nashville on Saturday for a one-night show at Exit/In. Randy Steele & the High Cold Wind open; tickets are $15 before fees.

“Other shows we have scheduled are DC, New York and Chicago, so this is by far the closest we have to our hometown of Chattanooga,” Lutsko said. “This will be my first gig with a full band in Nashville.”

Lutsko’s music constructs a fictional world where he lives in his grandmother’s basement, sweats intensely, and shamelessly pushes a “Gremlins 3” agenda.

He works fast, often writing and cutting songs in a day – an advantage that keeps him from overthinking the humor involved. Creatively, it’s a 180 degree turn from his last non-comic project, an album called “Swords” that Lutsko worked on for four years.

“‘Songs On The Computer’…really let my subconscious take the wheel and go with my instincts and my first instincts (to) put things out there and realize that people still resonate with that,” Lutsko said.

Still, don’t buy a ticket hoping for a full-fledged comedy show, Lutsko said. You sign up for a rock ‘n’ roll party that will hopefully have you laughing along the way.

“It will be a fun show, but we really want to do a bada** rock show,” Lutsko said. “That was the biggest thing when we started discussing, ‘How do we open (the songs)?’ …trying to feel like it’s cut from the same cloth as some of the other songs we’ve worked so hard on.

“We are really happy with what we found.”

Find more information about Nick Lutkso in Nashville at exitin.com.

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