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2017
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FuMPFest Guests

Guest of Honor

Henry Phillips

Henry Phillips has been seen and heard performing his twisted songs and stories on Comedy Central Presents, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as satellite and terrestrial radio nationwide. His critically acclaimed comedy albums earned him mention in Billboard magazine's "Critic's Choice," as well as acclaim from such notable artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips' music as "disconcertingly funny." In more recent years he has focused more on his acting and filmmaking. His semi-biographical cult comedy film "Punching the Clown" received the Audience award at Slamdance film festival '09, and the sequel is expected to be released in 2016. His YouTube channel, featuring the tutorial cooking series "Henry's Kitchen," has garnered almost 3 million views. Phillips continues to tour comedy and music venues throughout the US and beyond.

Featured Guests

Bad Teenage Moustache

Born in Pre-Gentrified Brooklyn and scattered across the United States. Bad Teenage Moustache moved its operations to Chicago and sings about Cubs baseball, amputees, fat vegetarians, the smell of asparagus pee and everything in between!

Boy Meets Robot

Chicago-based chiptune-rock band, Boy Meets Robot, released their debut album, The Robots Will Kill Us All, in September, 2016. Mike plays guitar and sings about video games, robots, and other geeky topics, accompanied by R.O.B. the robot playing chiptunes programmed on a Nintendo Game Boy. Their music ranges from ska to funk, rock to hip-hop, and includes covers of your favorites in video game and nerdy music. Bleeps and bloops have never sounded like this!

Carla Ulbrich

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, South Carolina and currently living in New Jersey. Insert your own punchline here.

Primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the F Word, she has won numerous awards including First Place in the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and "Novelty Song of the Year" at the Just Plain Folks Awards. Carla cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Carla is also a survivor of catastrophic illness and author of the resulting book, "How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?" During her many hours in doctors' waiting rooms she wrote humorous parodies lampooning her frustrating experience with the US health care system, which she released on her best-selling 2004 CD Sick Humor."

Currently at work on her sixth CD, Carla has toured all over the US and England, and has appeared on ABC, USA Network, the BBC, Dr. Demento, Sirius XM Radio, and The Bob and Sherrie Show, as well as appearing as a background actor in "Sharknado 2."

Insane Ian

Insane Ian is a comedy-musician from the Baltimore area 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 latest album Meet the Avengers, as well as his musical review project Reviewsicals on YouTube.

Ian will be returning to host FuMPFest for the fourth year as well as performing.

Nuclear Bubble Wrap

Nuclear Bubble Wrap is a psychedelic/alternative rock band from Nashville, TN. Their music is known for containing lush, multi-layered psychedelic arrangements, with catchy melodies and witty lyrics. They're known for their sense of humor and tendency to lean towards nerdy references and subject matter.

Founded by keyboardist Jace McLain and guitarist Kyle Thorne, Nuclear Bubble Wrap began recording home-made demo albums in 2005 before switching to fully-produced studio recordings with 2010's full-length album Exploding Head Syndrome. Using the momentum from this album as well as several popular viral music videos (such as "Avada Kedavra" and "Sharktopus"), the band has played concerts across the country. The group is filled out by guitarist Brendan Sheairs, bassist Stephen Smith, and drummer Julia Larson. They just released a new album for 2016 called Multiverses.

Peter Wildman

Peter Wildman was a founding member of The Frantics. One of Canada’s funniest comedy troupes. The Frantics were made up of Dan Redican, Rick Green, Paul Chato, and Peter Wildman. At the time a guitar playing- skit comedy performer, Peter was identified as the musical one, and comedy songs became a part of the Frantic’s comedy arsenal.

These days the semi-retired Frantics are on quasi-permanent seasonal part-time hiatus so, armed with the Frantics library of music, Peter is out and about playing “One Funny Song After Another”. A hilarious evening of songs culled from the Frantics songbook.

Peter has appeared on such TV shows as Puppets Who Kill and Little Mosque on the Prairie. He also wrote and performed four seasons of the New Red Green Show.

Reformed Whores

Southern bred, but NYC based, Katy Frame & Marie Cecile Anderson enjoy straddling both comedy clubs and music venues! They've toured all across the country (sometimes in a fancy tour bus) opening for big names like, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Les Claypool, Dweezil Zappa, and Reverend Horton Heat.

Reformed Whores have been featured on IFC, PBS, CBS, SiriusXM, Gotham Comedy Live on AXS tv, WNYC's 2 Dope Queens Podcast, Dan Savage's Hot Mic on Audible.com, The Huffington Post, Splitsider, The Washington Post, BUST Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Nerve.com, and Glamour Magazine. Their sophomore album "Don't Beat Around the Bush" debuted in March 2016 on the top 20 iTunes comedy chart!

The girls have headlined at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, Chicago, and St. Charles. They've performed at Carolines on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Birdland, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, The Improv in Atlanta and San Antonio, BAM in Brooklyn, The Meltdown in LA, Punch Line in SF, NY Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, the Wild Wild West Comedy Festival, Red Clay Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, and their all time favorite place to perform, Theatre 99 in Charleston, SC.

Smashy Claw

Smashy Claw is an experimental rock band from Denver, Colorado. Always striving for each song to be different from the last, the group is distinguished by their quirky lyrics and catchy, layered orchestration. Often goofy, occasionally somber, and everywhere in between, they've been compared to acts like They Might Be Giants and Ween for their eclectic, comedic style.

Formed in April 2011 by guitarist Austin Aeschliman and keyboardist Nathan Long, Smashy Claw immediately started recording their debut album. 2013's Former Spine would go on to have four associated singles/music videos, racking up tens of thousands of views online. The duo has played shows across the country, been featured on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento radio program, and written the theme song to the Orlando music festival Nerdapalooza. They recently finished up their Claw Machine project where they released a new music every week for all of 2016.

The Gothsicles

THE GOTHSICLES are DANCE DESPERADOS WHAT HAIL FROM CHICAGO and are fronted by Brian Graupner. From dimensional rifts and the sea's cold abyss emanates HYPERACTIVE INDUSTRIAL THAT'S FULLY COMBUSTIBLE. It's mostly four on the floor EBM for nerds.

the great Luke Ski

At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared "the great Luke Ski" to be his radio program's "Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century". Since then, Luke held onto that title by having songs on "The Dr. Demento Show's" annual year-end "Funny 25″ countdown of his most requested songs of the year for 13 years in a row, including four of them at #1 ("Peter Parker" 2002, "Stealing Like A Hobbit" 2003, "Snoopy The Dogg" 2011, "Fake Adult" 2014).

His song parodies, originals, stand-up and sketches about pop culture phenomena have made him a favorite performer at science-fiction and fandom conventions all across the Midwest and beyond. His past hits among his fans include songs about Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Battlestar Galactica, Batman, Firefly, Doctor Who, Disney buying Marvel, Monty Python, with more recent hits about Scooby Doo, 80's media franchise mascots, and being a 'fake adult'.

He's released eleven albums and a DVD over the past nineteen years, and he's won two awards at the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards For Excellence In Comedy Music (www.loganawards.com). The first for his Peanuts tribute, "Snoopy The Dogg", winning 'Outstanding Parody Song' of 2011, and the second for his song about Disney buying Star Wars, "When You Wish Upon A Death Star" winning 'Outstanding Parody Song' of 2012.

He is the musical jester of sci-fi, the emissary of rap dementia, the pimp of the geek nation, and a prominent bacon enthusiast. So join the Dementia Revolution, and become a Luke Ski fan today! www.thegreatLukeSki.com

Tom Tuerff

Tom Tuerff is a Phoenix-based singer and songwriter who specializes in what he calls "Boomer Humor." In other words, he writes about topics that other people couldn't be bothered with. His songs have been featured on The Doctor Demento Show several times, and his song "First House" managed to secure every position on The Funny Five except for the elusive #4, for some reason.

His songs have also been played on other radio shows across the country, including NPR's Chicago-based "Midnight Special." To date Tom has three CDs available: Something To Sell at My Gigs, But Wait! There's More!! and This is So Wrong.

Worm Quartet

Worm Quartet is a comedy rock band from Rochester, NY known for spewing hyperspeed lyrical lunacy over catchy synthesized punky music-type stuff. Worm Quartet is a regular on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show, and had the most requested song of 2004 with the ex-girlfriend ode "Great Idea For A Song" and the second most requested song of 2002 with the anti-drummer anthem "Frank's Not In The Band Anymore," as well as collaborating with Sudden Death on the most requested song of 2005, "Inner Voice." Their celtic-twinged vasectomy tale "The Ballad of Dr. Stopp" won them the Logan award for outstanding original comedy song in 2011. They have collaborated with MC Lars on several occasions, they are card-carrying core members of The Funny Music Project (www.thefump.com) and they have previously shared the stage with such other artists as MC Lars, the great Luke Ski, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Marc Gunn, Devo Spice, Tom Smith, Ookla the Mok, The Pietasters, MC Frontalot, Rob Balder, Joe Giaccoio, Carla Ulbrich, The Vibrators, and Dr. Demento himself. They insist on referring to themselves in the plural despite the fact that the sole member of Worm Quartet is a 6'4" long-haired maniac who insists on being called "Shoebox." He isn't as fat as he used to be, and sometimes he plays a keytar. Deal with it.

In addition to all of this, Shoebox is 1/4 of the "Cirque du So What" sketch comedy group, he was half of the "Baldbox" musical project (along with Rob Balder of Erfworld fame) and he has had short stories and essays published in various zines and podcasts. In 2004 he appeared on CBS's "The Early Show" and VH-1′s "Totally Obsessed" as "The Pac-Man Guy," which was hideously embarrassing but lowered his degree of separation from Kevin Bacon to 3. He has a degree in Engineering, but then, so does Gallagher. By day he ties back his hair and writes printer interfaces in a cubicle. He has a wonderful wife and an amazing son who are gracious enough to tolerate all of this.

Worm Quartet's latest album "Songs of the Maniacs" is available now at www.wormquartet.com as well as from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, CDBaby, and probably The Pirate Bay. Did he mention he has a wife and son?