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This Guy Recorded A Hilarious Fight With His Parents Years Ago And Turned It Into A Cartoon

More teenagers should record family fights.

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When Cohen was 12, he started secretly using his boombox to tape record his parents when they yelled at him.

"My dad’s yelling at me and in the middle of this, I think to myself, what the heck, my tape recorder's here," Cohen told BuzzFeed News. "I remember sharing it with my friends."

He taped fights on and off until he was about 28, amassing at least a couple dozen recordings.

Cohen, 50, has been playing his tapes for audiences for 12 years as part of the Antagonist Art Movement. And his friend Rodd Perry just animated one.

Mike: This is my room. This is where I live. I don't want to put anything in storage. I don't trust people because you taught me not to trust people.

Father: I never told you not to trust people.

Mike: You don't trust anyone who's not the same religion as you. You lock your doors constantly.

Father: You're nuts.

Recording fights like that let Cohen and his friends look back and laugh at his dad's quick temper, which he called both funny and scary.

Cohen preserved his dad scolding him about everything, from taping an interview with an All My Children star instead of running an errand, to stealing from a candy machine freshman year of college.

"It definitely takes me back to being a teenager," he said. "It's a combination of love and hate for my parents. We were always bickering. It was a lot of love and care for me."


Now that Cohen has a 2-year-old son of his own, he says he occasionally finds himself sounding like his dad, but tries to cool down faster.

After so many years, he also has a newfound appreciation for his dad's complaints.

"I think maybe I agree with a few more things now than I did when I was a bratty 18-year-old," Cohen said.