The Fish Rap Live! is a triweekly alternative humor publication at UC Santa Cruz with an estimated readership of 11,250. Our staff is made up entirely of UCSC undergraduates and fluctuates around 30 students. The current Editors-in-Chief are Jeremy Lessnau and Billy Butler.
History: The Fish Rap was originally founded in 1985 at UCSC's Cowell College. Its name referred to the traditional practice of using day-old newspapers to wrap fish. Once the original Fish Rap's members had graduated, however, the zine necessarily folded.
In 1990, a new group of Cowell students, affectionately deemed "The Founding Flounders," decided to resurrect the Fish Rap. There are several rumors about the addition of "Live!" to the end of the original name, but the one given most credence is that the new publication was initially supposed to be calledThe Fish Rap Lives! but a typing error removed the final "s."
Fish Lips: FRL! was the subject of a 2003 book called Fish Lips by former Editor-in-Chief Andy Lochrie. You should totally buy it.
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