It’s no surprise that Yo Gabba Gabba is such a hit with children and adults alike. The bright colors, basic lessons and infectious music have captivated millions of children worldwide. Yet, the show’s substantial musical guests instill enough “hip-factor” to attract an adult audience. The show centers around DJ Lance Rock and his five monster friends, and features guest appearances by an array of musicians and actors. Behind the scenes, a large cast brings the entire production together.
DJ Lance Rock
Lance Robertson, aka DJ Lance Rock, was born in 1965, making the actor/dj 45 years old, as of 2010. Lance landed the role as host of Yo Gabba Gabba through fellow musician and creator of Yo Gabba Gabba, Scottie Schultz. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Robertson performed in several bands and owned a record store before becoming DJ Lance Rock.
The idea for the “monsters” of Yo Gabba Gabba spawned from characters that appear in the Aquabats live shows. Brobee and Muno are both variations of existing Aquabats characters. What many viewers may not know is that the actors wearing the costumes are not the same actors who voice the characters. Of the entire voice cast, co-creator and voice of Plex, Christian Jacobs is the only cast member with an extensive acting background.
Muno (He’s tall and friendly) – David Crespin and Josh Bally have both worn the suit of Muno on Yo Gabba Gabba. Behind the scenes, Muno’s lines are recorded by Adam Deibert.
Foofa (She’s pink and happy) – Emma Jacobs voices the flower-loving pink character Foofa. Under the suit is Cortney Cook.
Brobee (The little green one) – Erin and Tara Pearce are responsible for the movements of Brobee. Brobee’s voice is provided by Amos Watene.
Toodee (She likes to have fun) – Melissa Rossiter and Charme Morales have both donned the Toodee suit. The voice is provided by Erin Pearce, who also wears the Brobee costume at times.
Plex (A magic robot) Under the costume of Plex is one of two people, Lindsay Kraus or Amos Watene. The voice of Plex is actually co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba and Aquabats member, Christian Jacobs.
My Name is Mark
To those who are unfamiliar with Mark Mothersbaugh, it may come as a surprise that he is most famous for his extensive musical background. Most commonlyknown for his band Devo (and their hit Whip It), Mark’s music has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and video games, including Peewee’s Playhouse, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and the hit game, The Sims 2.
The 60-year-old bespectacled musician also paints, and taps into his artistic side to draw whimsical characters in the Mark’s Magic Pictures segment on Yo Gabba Gabba.
Hey Kids, it’s Biz
Rapper and actor Biz Markie teaches kids about beatboxing in the segment Biz’s Beat of the Day. While this isn’t Biz’s first venture into television, his previous appearances were for adult audiences. Markie has appeared in feature films such as Men in Black II, where he played an alien who spoke in only beatbox noises. In 2006, Biz appeared on The Andy Milonakis Show as the “Rap Fairy,” and granted Andy “rap powers.”
Biz is best known for his music, specifically his 1989 top ten hit, Just a Friend.