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FuMPFest Guests

Guest of Honor

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks (Laser Malena-Webber and Aubrey Turner) are a Portland & LA-based musical duo who mix comedy, messages and geek culture in charming, catchy songs. Since debuting with a weekly YouTube songwriting project in 2011, the Doubleclicks have carved out a space in geek and songwriting communities with their message of empowerment and their penchant for involving their community of listeners in the creation of their music and videos. The Doubleclicks’ 2012 album Lasers and Feelings and 2015 album President Snakes hit the Billboard charts in comedy.

The Doubleclicks tour the country, playing everywhere from music venues to comedy clubs, game stores, and at events like San Diego Comic-Con, PAX, JoCoCruise and more. The band’s loyal fanbase frequently participates in their music videos and has elevated the band by funding two albums via Kickstarter projects raising a total of more than $135,000. The Doubleclicks have written theme songs and created commercials for popular game brands Cards Against Humanity and Fluxx, for a Nerdist partnership with Totinos, and for many podcasts and web series.

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Featured Guests

Amy Engelhardt

From 1998-2011, AMY ENGELHARDT was “Amy Bob” from Grammy-nominated vocal quartet of nutjobs, THE BOBS. She’s won a bunch of awards for songwriting, scored a rock musical adaptation of Henry Fielding’s TOM JONES Off-Broadway and other musicals about Carl Sagan and Nikola Tesla, and worked with folks including The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Weird Al, Jill Sobule and Spinal Tap. A musical geek since birth, Amy is most proud of the multiple plays she’s had over the years on the Doctor Demento show, and now The FuMP! www.amyengelhardt.com

Carrie Dahlby

Carrie Dahlby is a classically trained opera singer from the Chicago area who lends her talents to many of the other FuMP artists for their own music. Carrie has released three studio albums and is best known for her songs about being a parent.

Earlier this year, Carrie enjoyed her first "Music Guest of Honor" status at Capricon 39 (Chicagoland, IL).

Clearly Guilty

There is only one word that describes Clearly Guilty's music: Nerdy. And Purdy. Two words. There are only TWO words that describe Clearly Guilty's music: Nerdy and Purdy. And Dirty. Three words. Clearly Guilty: Nerdy, Purdy, and Dirty. (Also Geeky, Funny, Science-y, Absurd, Delightfully Inappropriate, and Rutabaga)

Insane Ian

Insane Ian is a comedy-musician from Chicago with a penchant for video games and a strange Spider-Man fetish. Recently knighted as a "comedy music god" by legendary radio personality Dr. Demento, Ian has made a name for himself with his quick wit and video game related song parodies.

Be sure to check out Ian's recent release of his live concert recording from FuMPFest 2017.

Ian will be returning to host FuMPFest once again as well as performing.

Lauren Mayer

Lauren began playing the piano at age 3 and discovered her penchant for writing comedy songs shortly thereafter. Her early influences included Alan Sherman, Dr. Demento, and Tom Lehrer (which explains her slightly warped sense of humor). For the past 25 years Lauren has written and performed customized shows for corporate clients and private parties. She has written several published children's musicals, released three albums of kids' music and three comedy CDs, created and performed a one-woman show, and won numerous songwriting and performing awards.

Raymond and Scum

When Matthew Dunn and Jeff Smith met in junior high, they made a pact: they would become a frickin' awesome comedy rock duo by the end of the millennium. And it happened: that 7th grade dream lived and breathed as Raymond and Scum. From 1992 - 2015, R&S played their witty, catchy-as-hell songs in comedy clubs, coffee houses and conventions across the country and were regularly played on the Dr. Demento show. Then...without warning...it all stopped. They vanished into the comedy shadows and remained silent. And they waited...and they waited...and they waited...and then FuMPFest 2019 was announced. And just like that, for the first time in four years, Raymond and Scum are back, baby!

Rob Paravonian

Rob Paravonian has the mind of a comedian and the soul of a musician, and he taps both to deliver sharp comedic performances fused with expert musicianship.

Whether it's one of his well-crafted original songs, comedic observations about music, or a joke-filled song introduction, Rob blends comedy and music so seamlessly people soon stop asking if he's a comedian or a musician and realize he is truly both.

Rob is well known for his viral hit The Pachelbel Rant, and his songs that have been played on the Dr. Demento Show. Live recordings have been played regularly on SiriusXM's Laugh USA channel and his latest album Rob P. Rocks a Jazz Club is his first full-length live concert album.

Rob is currently based in Brooklyn, NY, runs The Odd Rock Comedy Hour monthly show at Q.E.D., and tours the western hemisphere playing clubs, cons, and cruises.

Photo by Jon Taylor Photo.

Robbie Ellis

Robbie Ellis is an overeducated wordy piano comedian. He performs regularly at The Paper Machete in Chicago, he was the host of WFMT's Classical Cabaret, and he's played the New York Funny Songs Festival. He's done full length concerts at Davenport's and The Second City Training Center in Chicago; The PIT in New York; ComedySportz Philadelphia; and all over his native New Zealand. Robbie also works as a music director for improv, sketch and musical theatre; as a classical radio presenter for WFMT Chicago; and as a composer for orchestras, choirs and more. He released his debut comedy album Pumpkins in 2018. www.robbieellis.net

The Better Boobie Bureau

Better Boobie Bureau productions is Chicago's Buffet of Burlesque, committed to bringing diverse and inclusive burlesque and variety performances to the Chicago stage since 2014. The Better Boobie Bureau currently produces four themed shows a year at Otherworld Theatre in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Chicago's Slapstick Burlesque Syndicate, The Screwbelles, are notorious for serving up comedic neo-vaudeville spectacle. Playfully brazen, this ensemble sure knows how to split sides and mesmerize. Buckle up for the absurdly amazin' with The Screwbelles!

These two forces in parody and farce will team up to bring you a ridiculously good time with acts performed to the tunes of some of your favorite comedic tunes.

Show is 18+

The Library Bards

The Library Bards are a nerd parody band consisting of Bonnie Gordon (ABC's The Quest) and Xander Jeanneret (TBS' King of the Nerds). They take popular songs and transform them into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place! The Bards have been featured on CBS' Celebrity Name Game, SyFy's Geeks Who Drink and on the legendary Dr. Demento Show. You can keep up with all of their shenanigans on their Twitter.

The Shanty Shipwreck Show

These portside characters put the naughty in nautical and the “R” in piracy. A shipload of original music awaits you with enough musical booty to fill your bosom with giggles, guffaws and titters aplenty.

The Shanty Shipwreck Show started in 2010 as a group of friends from the Bristol Renaissance Faire. In 2013 an offshoot ensemble arose consisting of a few dedicated comedians (read: hams) with a love for humorous and somewhat off-color songs. By the following year, the group’s reputation for rampant innuendo got them moved from the streets of Bristol to the stage where they could further hone the art of double entendre away from the questioning ears of young children. Today, the Shanty Shipwreck Show continues to appear as a regular stage act at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and has also appeared as part of the Adler After Dark series at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL.

Tim Cavanagh

So, did you hear the one about the high school teacher who walked into a comedy club--and they hired him? That's where the Tim Cavanagh comedy story begins. For a full year, Tim taught teenagers by day. By night, he sang his funny songs in Chicago comedy clubs. "Not surprisingly, I found the biggest difference between the classroom and the nightclub was the drunks--which I generally let the principal handle," Tim says.

Since leaving the classroom, Tim Cavanagh has brought his comedic songs and inventive stand-up to concert halls, corporations, college campuses and nightclubs across America. Over the years, he has also made several trips to Canada, where he has to convert all his jokes to Celsius and his one degree in philosophy becomes a bone-chilling minus 31. He has even performed on the island of St. Lucia, his first time ever doing comedy in the Atlantic Standard time zone, where they got his jokes one hour sooner than they would have in New York.

Early on, it was Tim's funny songs that got a lot of attention. His song, "I Wanna Kiss Her (But She Won't Let Me)," was the first of Tim's pieces to receive national radio exposure, on the legendary "Dr. Demento" show. Other songs followed, including "99 Dead Baboons," "Get Drunk with Dignity," and "Really Safe Sex." His funny music has been heard on radio stations everywhere, as well as on XM Satellite and even the BBC.

Note: Due to other obligations Tim Cavanagh will only be appearing on Sunday.

TV's Kyle and Linzilla

TV's Kyle is the puffy-vested bloopcore artist responsible for some of the more surreal songs posted to The FuMP. He is also the creator of Cartoon Network's Mighty Magiswords. Together with Linzilla—the world's smallest kaiju—they will take the stage and tell you the four things you need to know, one of which is that you can't get there from here. Booyah!