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FuMPFest Guests

Guest of Honor

Dr. Demento

Dr. Demento has been celebrating ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ on the airwaves playing everything from Spike Jones to Frank Zappa for nearly five decades. He is responsible for introducing the world to the Dr. Demento Show’s #1 most requested song of all time, “Fish Heads”, and even launching the career of the most successful artist in the entire history of funny music—“Weird Al” Yankovic. Throughout the years, the world-famous Doctor’s influence on pop culture has earned him induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, an hour long Anniversary special on Comedy Central, featured guest appearances on Late Night with David Lettermen, Larry King Live, and countless others including the award winning animated sitcom The Simpsons.

Dr. Demento is a world-renowned record collector and music historian, whose lifelong passion for music of all kinds is reflected in the weekly selections heard on the Dr. Demento Show. In addition to live appearances and performances nationwide, the Doctor lectures at educational institutions drawing on his extensive knowledge of the history of Comedy, the music of Frank Zappa, the history of punk rock, and many other topics.

Most recently, a compilation album of all-new recordings entitled “Dr. Demento Covered In Punk” was released on CD, vinyl and digital download. The new album (released January 2018) has the notable honor of being the highest charting “Dr. Demento” branded release to date. “Dr. Demento Covered In Punk” debuted on the Billboard chart as the #1 Comedy album for two consecutive weeks and held various positions in the top 10 over the course of six months. The album simultaneously charted outside comedy as the #18 new alternative music album, #20 on Billboard’s top independent album chart, and #5 on the Billboard Compilation Albums chart, and has also been the focus of a feature segment on CNN.

With interest from an entirely new generation of ‘Dementites and Dementoids’ (as his fans are affectionately known), as well as those who’ve been loyal throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s and onward, now approaching his 50th Anniversary—the Doctor is in and more topical than ever!

Look for a new two-hour episode produced and released each week at DrDemento.com


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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 the rock musical BASTARD 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. As Mother Superior of the Chattering Order of St. Beryl in Amazon Prime’s GOOD OMENS promo campaign, Amy recently led a gaggle of rock-belting nuns through the series premieres in London, New York, LA and Austin’s South by Southwest. She also produced their EP UNHOLY NIGHT for Amazon Music, and would LIKE to say she is Neil Gaiman’s new BFF. She swears that her second album, FINISH WHAT YOU, will be released in 2020. 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

Bad Beth and Beyond

Nobody knows where New Orleans-based Bad Beth and Beyond came from, but she first began offending people in 2011 with her lecherous songs and refusal to play a proper guitar. She is best known for her love song “Show Me On the Doll,” which was mentioned in the novel Robert Asprin’s Dragons Run by Jody Lynn Nye (in which an entire chapter takes place at one of her shows). The late eccentric producer Kim Fowley also featured her in his music video “Supernatural Bar-B-Q.” Her album 2-Deep has been known to get hundreds of listeners in trouble at work. Most recently, Bad Beth thwarted the plans of the evil mad scientist Dr. Milo T. Pinkerton III on the game show “Escape From the Secret Lab.” She did indeed escape from the COG Secret Lab, causing a sixteen-ton weight and a giant Monty Python foot to squash the lab-coated fool into oblivion (or at least until the subsequent episode).

Her hobbies include setting things on fire and taunting a fellow musician who bears a striking resemblance to her.

Bill Larkin

Bill Larkin is a pianist, singer and comedy songwriter. He has performed the song "You're my Twin" on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and has performed his original comedy songs at the Edinburgh, San Francisco and Orlando Fringe Festivals, the Second City e.t.c. Theatre, Davenport's Cabaret, and NYC's Cinderblock Comedy Festival. His comedy album, Knowing Your Audience, was recorded live at the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago. He has performed pop music at dueling piano bars for over 20 years.

He is also an award-winning stage actor, having received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical for the role of Edward Kleban in Porchlight Music Theatre's "A Class Act." Other stage credits include Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at Porchlight (Jeff nominaation), Max Bialystock in "The Producers" at the Mercury Theatre, the Genie in "Disney's Aladdin" at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Vice Principal Panch in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" for Broadway in Chicago. Television credits include Chicago PD, Sirens, and various national commercials and voice overs.

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.

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. Early on, the band struck a viral internet hit in 2008, with “ScientLOLojyuuichi (Tom Cruise vs. The Internet).” The video, which came out on AlbinoBlackSheep, quickly earned over 300,000 views. They quickly started getting airplay on the Dr. Demento Show, became members of The Funny Music Project, and started gaining attention at conventions. Their 2010 album Exploding Head Syndrome spawned several hits, including “Avada Kedavra,” a parody that earned over 1.5 million views. The song “Raichu a Song” was the #1 most requested song of the year 2010 on the Dr. Demento Show, and the video for “Avada Kedavra” won a Logan Award for Outstanding Comedy Music Video.

Ross Childs

Ross Childs has been improvising, singing, and performing in and around the country for the better part of the last decade. He moved to Chicago from Houston, TX in the summer of 2013. Since then, he has studied at iO, The Annoyance, and The Second City. He has been playing comedy music for the better part of a decade, releasing his debut album “Kazoology” in 2018. not recording and performing his music, he's writing and performing theater with his company, BYOTproductions. He's a founding member of the Chicago-based sketch comedy team, "Waffle Junkies", as well as the improv team "Flynn Tin Tin."

You can hear Ross's music on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, and all online music repositories. He is on the FuMP (Funny Music Project), and his tunes have been featured on The Dr. Demento Radio Show!

The Gothsicles

Star born sounds off the starboard bow herald the FuMPFeST return of the unbanishable barnacles of industrial, THE GOTHSICLES!

This will be The Gothsicles first time returning to Illinois after moving to Boston in 2018!

Worm Quartet

Worm Quartet is a terribly-named one-man band from Rochester, NY known for spewing hyperspeed lyrical lunacy over catchy synthesized punky music-type stuff whilst prancing and sweating all over the damned place as if they're not 45 years old, which they most assuredly are. They had the #1 song of the year on the Dr. Demento show in 2004 and then again with Devo Spice in 2006, and won a Logan Award in 2011. They've shared the stage with bands and artists ranging from Dr. Demento and MC Lars to The Vibrators and the Voodoo Glow Skulls. They either have a new album out or will very soon or did a while back, depending on when you're reading this. Time is weird, amirite? Worm Quartet's sole member, Tim -=ShoEboX=- Crist, spends most of his time screaming "Pac-Man" at bystanders through a megaphone, according to his syndicated 15 minutes of fame on VH-1's "Totally Obsessed." By day he poses as a mild-mannered software developer posing as an even-milder-mannered software development manager, attempting to curtail insanity by balancing his dealings with devices that do exactly what he tells them to with his dealings with people who don't. He would really like you to stop pointing at him with that look of concern on your face, he assures you he's fine and yes, he knows his mouth is full of live chipmunks thank you very much, it's a performance piece on the recursive nature of gluttony.