Jensen Karp

Jensen Karp, formerly known as rapper Hot Karl, is an LA-based writer, comedian, and co-owner of Gallery 1988, the nation’s leading destination for pop-cultured themed artwork. He has written and produced for Funny or Die, the MTV VMAs, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Rolling Stone, WWE Raw, The Hundreds, and the ESPYs. His book, Kanye West Owes Me $300 (and other true stories from a white rapper who ALMOST made it big) is now in stores and he’s an executive producer on the upcoming “Drop The Mic” battle rap TV show on TBS.

Guest Appearances

May 6, 2018

“Hollywood” might be the most nebulous entity in America. It’s somehow a location and an industry and a big goofy hill-sign. It’s the source of all entertainment without entertaining us very often. And it’s where budding young artists flock to make it “big” (in Schwarzenegger’s case, literally). In popular consciousness, Hollywood is a sea of countless artists making our culture. But what if we told you the music world, movie world, and more pillars of American fun are driving by a shockingly tiny number of artists? And even weirder, the key artists are people you’ve never even heard of?

On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jensen Karp (Get Up On This) celebrate rappers, writers, filmmakers, and wrestlers who remade our entire culture without the wider public knowing it. They’ll rediscover a comic book artist who resurrected Princess Di. They’ll champion the mid-1990s bodybuilder who reinvented rap. And because everybody needs a little care right now, they’ll grief-counsel themselves AND you through the end of Kanye West.


October 16, 2017

Paul F. Tompkins says hi, hello, and what’s up to listeners on this week’s Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special guest is Jensen Karp of Get Up On This and Drop the Mic! They chat about whether Jensen has ever gotten lost, the strange item he saved up for when he was 15 years old, and getting high to impress rappers. Then, they are joined by improvisers Carl Tart, Colleen Smith, and Mano Agapion, to improvise a story set at A Cast Reunion for the film The Net. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

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May 11, 2017

Author, podcaster, and co-creator of Drop the Mic, Jensen Karp (Kanye West Owes Me $300, Get Up On This) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about growing up crying with his mom, Mike & The Mechanics’ “The Living Years,” the 1989 film Dad, Kirk Gibson’s game winning home run during the 1988 World Series, Alan Watts’ “The Mind,” and the finale of Six Feet Under.

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October 18, 2016

Sean and Hayes invite JENSEN KARP, host of Get Up On This, to come on the show and all do their own Get Up On This after Sean and Hayes did it so well two weeks ago.

June 24, 2016

Jensen Karp is a writer, fellow Earwolf podcast host (Get Up On This), art dealer, and a former rapper under the name Hot Karl. Jensen joins Nate this week to talk about his new book “Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big”. Make sure to pick up a copy of next month’s book for our book club, “The Girls: A Novel” by Emma Cline Once you’re done reading, call us at (702) 751-READ and let us know what you thought!

June 24, 2016

HDTGM All-star Jensen Karp (Get Up On This, Kanye West Owes Me $300) joins Paul, June, and Jason in-studio to talk about the Sarah Michelle Gellar 1999 romantic comedy Simply Irresistible. Why is there so much unwarranted sexuality in the movie? Is the crab giving SMG magical powers to cook? Do guys really touch their belts when thinking about sex? Tune in to hear the HDTGM crew get to the bottom of all this insanity!

This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate, Audible, Casper Mattresses, Blue Apron, and Dinner Party Download.

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