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The Four Postmen
This FIVE-man band has been performing together since 1992 and features electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, bass, and an emphasis on three-part vocal harmony. Their live show is highly energetic and theatrical, complete with comic banter between songs. Sometimes compared to Barenaked Ladies, GQ Magazine called them, “The Seinfeldesque Monkees.”
The band has performed on NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” and composed original music for NBC’s Thrillogy Series. They have 5 albums: “U.S. Male” (1993), “Looking For Grandpa” (1997), “Hit Record” (2001), “What The Hell Happened?” (2004) and “5-Pack, Volume 1” (2007) and continue to perform regularly in several hip LA-area venues.
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In the year 20XX, two tiny animals found a pair of magical dice and transformed into gross humans who rap. These two, Cliff B and DJ Stuck Down A Mineshaft, rock the nerdcore hip-hop subgenre with their rhymes about video games, tabletop roleplaying, Avogadro's number, conventioneering, Boba Fett, the future, the past, bleeps, bloops, etc.
Allow 2d6 to pelt you with candy as they rap at you. Fun for the whole family, if the whole family is 16+, because sometimes the language gets salty.
Check out 2d6 @ 2d6music.com!
In 1998 Amanda Cohen put together the very first Weird Al fan convention. Now, 20 years later, we are celebrating that event with Amanda as our guest. She will be there for the special AlCon 98 retrospective panel and will be hosting the 8th annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music.
Originally from Chicago, Amanda now lives in Los Angeles where she is resuming a career in stand-up comedy. She has done stand-up on and off for many years, having opened for Paula Poundstone, Gilbert Gottfried, Jake Johannson, and many others. She even worked with Patton Oswalt early in his career. Amanda has also done some comedy-music of her own and had a hit on Dr. Demento with the Weird Al parody "Know Your Doctors" (a parody of "Your Horoscope for Today"). The song made the monthly Top 10 multiple times and the year-end countdown twice—#14 in 2013 and #9 in 2014.
For more information on Amanda, including clips of her comedy, visit AmandaComedy.com.
Bill Larkin does comedy at the piano. An accomplished actor and singer, Bill can be found at Chicago's own Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar and in various musical productions in and around Chicago, including playing the role of Max Bialystock in The Producers. He has appeared on Chicago P.D., Sirens, and Premium Blend, as well as productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Disney's Aladdin. Bill was a surprise guest at FuMPFest 2017 where he performed his hit song from The Dr. Demento Show "I'm Just Your Mom" during the "Live Podcasts" panel and we are thrilled that he will be joining us in 2018 for a full one-hour concert. For more information on him visit BillLarkin.com
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.
Affectionately known as The #Celtfather, Marc Gunn plays Nerd Pub Songs. He fuses traditional Irish and Scottish songs with topics like Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly, Lord of the Rings, cats, and more. Originally one-half of The Brobdingnagian Bards, Marc has released over 20 solo albums and sold over 20,000 copies of them as an independent musician. He continues to tour the convention scene across the country, playing his autoharp as he goes.
Matt Griffo is a comedian in the same vein as Flight of the Conchords and Tim Minchin – he plays funny original songs on piano and ukulele while telling short stories in between. He’s opened for Reggie Watts and has performed at Chicago Sketchfest, The Laugh Factory Chicago, Black Box Comedy Festival Atlanta, LA Comedy Festival, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Big Little Comedy Fest Cleveland, and the Charleston Comedy Festival.
Mikey Mason describes himself as a geek-comedy-rock god. He comes armed with infectiously hilarious original songs and a completely twisted world view. He may be best known for his hit song "Best Game Ever," a Gygax-family approved telling of one particularly rowdy game of Dungeons and Dragons. But we also implore you to check out “scoobyThulu” which is just what it sounds like. The Scooby Gang vs. Cthulhu in song form, which, sadly, has not been turned into a direct-to-DVD full-length movie yet. You can find more information about him at MikeyMason.com
Power Salad is a comedy music group offering obscurely skewed and head-scratchingly funny views of life, wrapped up in different musical styles like wieners in blankets. Power Salad had the #1 song of 2008 on the nationally-syndicated “Dr. Demento” radio show, as well as the #3 song of 2006. The group evolved out of Akron, Ohio’s radio comedy group Zot Theater in the late 1980′s, and has released 5 CDs of funny music.
Steve Goodie is a comedian, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Nashville Tennessee who has the distinct honor of having penned Nina Yankovic’s favorite parody, “Dumbledore,” a parody of her father’s original song “Hardware Store.” Steve has had numerous hit songs on the Dr. Demento Show and made the year end Funny 25 twice in 2017 with “Beaten on a Jet Plane” and “Words That Sound Dirty But They Ain’t.” He loves writing songs about Harry Potter and making up weird and often disgusting kids songs, and recently, for reasons that should be obvious, has been doing more and more political humor. Steve Goodie hosts the show every Sunday night at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and will be stopping at FuMPFest in the middle of his 2018 Big Dumb Tour of House Concerts.
The Better Boobie Bureau
The Better Boobie Bureau—Chicago’s Buffet of Burlesque—began as a troupe in 2014 performing all over Chicago in venues such as Mary’s Attic, The Charnel House, and The Elbo Room. Now re-establishing as a production company under founder Phaedra Black, the Better Boobie Bureau focuses on bringing a taste of many styles of striptease and other variety performances to each show, including classic, neo-burlesque, and nerdlesque. The production company prides itself on the diversity of its casting, striving for all sizes, gender expressions, races, and sexual identities.
It is the great pleasure of the Better Boobie Bureau to bring “Dare to Be Weird: A Weird Al Burlesque Tribute” to FuMPFest. You can expect to see performances to a variety of Weird Al tunes from the old to the new, from his parodies to his original work, and maybe even a polka or two. This show is not to be missed by the Weird Al music lover aged 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.
Witty Cindy is a musical comedy duo from the windy city that combines the class and elegance of the piano with the authenticity and earthiness of the African djembe drum. Their act blends ultra-catchy, graceful melodies about the nature of existence with powerful musical and harmonic precision that you’ll be singing in your head for days to come. Witty Cindy leaves no stones unturned in search of the answers to life’s greatest questions. Like, who the hell is Witty Cindy?
The following artists will be in attendance and on stage for one thing or another throughout the weekend, but do not have a featured concert.
the great Luke Ski