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Lil Dicky Reveals How He Used His Bar Mitzvah Money to Become a Viral Rap Star

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Lil Dicky on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Lil Dicky stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night (March 4) to promote his new FX comedy, Dave, and chat about launching his comedy-rap career with the help of his self-made viral music videos.

"So my parents wouldn't let me touch my bar mitzvah money until adulthood, which in retrospect was a great call on their end," the comedian, born Dave Burd, told host Jimmy Kimmel. "So I had X amount of  ... you know, $6,000 saved in my bank account from my bar mitzvah and I decided to spend it on music videos. And it was a great career decision."

Despite his parents' reluctance, Lil Dicky dished that the idea ultimately paid off -- even if it took a while to win his mom and dad over. "Yeah, I think it was a little jarring for them," he admitted. "But I said, 'What am I gonna do? Buy a couch when I'm 28 years old?' Why wouldn't I pursue my dreams?"

After two years of non-stop work, the rapper's first video -- 2013's "Ex-Boyfriend" -- went immediately viral with more than one million views in just 24 hours.

Lil Dicky's semi-autobiographical comedy Dave premiered March 4 on FX. Watch the rapper's full interview with Kimmel -- including a hilarious anecdote about '90s R&B group 112 performing at his summer camp -- below.