This Guy: Superbad Bad Brad IS the Original Hipster

I have two words: original hipster.

While on the cheapest date ever ($13 groupon at Crif Dogs worth $28 – aka a shit ton of hot dogs), a nearing-hobo-status looking man walked in and asked the lovely server to turn off the music and give him a flattened cardboard box. Is he going breakdance? I wondered. We put down our corn dogs and held off on our cheese fries for a minute, but nothing happened.

As we walked outside, we overheard the man tell the server that he was waiting for the cops who were inside eating hot dogs to leave before he would start. Knowing that might take a while, we decided to walk off the dogs.

Stuffed beyond comprehension and so unreasonably affected by our fullness, we popped into Momofuku Milk Bar and tried a boozey rum spiked Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shake. Sometimes you actually are in heaven. There is “cereal milk” (the crispy, crunchy, mushy milk at the bottom of your cereal) in it! But that wasn’t dessert.

After more delirious shuffling we found ourselves back in front of Crif Dogs and Super Bad Brad was rocking. This guy had funky soul written all over him. And his shirt! And his hair! And his glasses! And his swagger! Super Bad Brad is the original hipster. And the best entertainment on a Friday night in Williamsburg.

I took a short video of Super Bad Brad and stumbled upon video after video with thousands of views of this outstanding performances, many in which he is wearing the same great shirt. His renditions of Kung Fu Fighting and For The Love of Money, in which he took money out of his tip box and waved it in the faces of oncoming cyclists, were priceless.

While Jon and I were dancing like silly fools in the middle of the sidewalk, I thought to myself, boy singing in front of all these people must be hard. Driggs Ave is a tiny stage for this class act; Super Bad Brad, who has a Wiki page, has performed at the legendary Apollo where he sang Let’s Get It On, and received a standing ovation.

Here is a short documentary about the life of Super Bad Brad, where he admits he has a crush on Bette Midler, maybe an obsession! I mean who doesn’t?

About Jen G

After living in NYC my entire life, I found the strongest sense of community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Running this blog is truly an honor and the best part is meeting its readers in real life. Everyday I am energized by smiles and inspiring conversations with fellow Greenpointers who tirelessly do and create incredible things that are good for our community and share the same love I have for life here. If you see me walking with my little dog "D" - please say hi!

6 Comments

  1. Lee says:

    I saw him! He was amazing! I had to stop and listen to him for a few songs. When is he performing again?

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    • Jen G says:

      I am hoping every Friday night around 6-7pm in front of Crif Dogs on Driggs and No. 7th in Williamsburg!

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      • Kent says:

        I last saw him a week ago on Friday and he said he was going back to 9 to midnight slots (at Criff Dogs corner) on Thurs, Fri and Saturdays.

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  2. I live right down the block from Crif Dogs, I see him there nearly every weekend. He is AMAZING. Maybe the best singer I’ve ever seen live.

    We actually hired him to sing at our house party this past weekend. Needless to say it was a great party 🙂

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  3. Nickythec says:

    I’ve been warchingn Superbad brad for so long I was at the Apollo
    He is amazing and one day soon he will be HUGE !!
    Think he has opened for some bands in the past like the Fun Lovin’ Criminals … Rock on brad your Superbad

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