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2019-08-16

Thank You for a Wonderful Event!

FuMPFest 2019 has come and gone, and we are just now getting settled into a normal routine again, and we need to thank everyone for helping us put on such a great event.

First of all, we need to thank The Doubleclicks and all the other performers who put on such amazing shows throughout the weekend. We, of course, need to thank our staff: Chris for running sound, Stephanie for running lights, Ian for hosting, and Luke for helping with the planning and execution. And, of course, our volunteers, without whom we would not be able to produce this event. We need to thank our sponsors who were a big help in offsetting the costs of running the event. And finally, we need to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to come out to the show. Thank you so much!

Congratulations to Rex Ungericht for winning the video contest, Mr. Arthur for defending his title in the What the FuMP game show, and Piper for defending her title in Dumb Parody Ideas!

We have posted a summary and some photos over on the 2019 Archive page. And if you hurry you can still watch the videos we streamed on Twitch of all the events throughout the weekend. Those will only be up for another week or so, so don't delay.

We still have plenty of copies of our 2018 2-CD set so please pick that up if you haven't already. Click here for more information. And we only have a few t-shirts left in a couple different sizes, so if you want one please hurry. Click here for t-shirts.

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2019-08-13

A public apology on behalf of FuMPFeST and The FuMP

The organizers of FuMPFest wish to issue an apology to Laser for a remark that was made on stage during the Dementia Smackdown Wrestling event. One of the co-hosts, while providing running commentary, misgendered Laser more than once. He then attempted to make a self-deprecating joke about his inability to use the correct pronoun. That joke was inappropriate, insensitive, and came across in such a way as to make Laser the target of the joke, rather than himself as he had intended. He knew immediately it had backfired, but by then it was too late. We at the FuMP take full responsibility for this and we are very sorry this happened. We are taking steps to ensure it won't happen again. The commentator is very upset about his own behavior in this situation and has already privately apologized to Laser. Please be assured that FuMPFest and its organizers fully support the non-binary and transgender communities and would never do anything intentionally to cause anyone any harm. We try our best to make our events safe and inviting to all individuals. We are far from perfect, but we are doing our best. While this does not excuse our actions or the actions of the commentator, we hope that this will at least show we want to make things right, and we deeply apologize for any harm this may have caused our guest of honor and attendees.

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2019-08-06

No Snack Bar/Karaoke This Year

Due to circumstances beyond our control there will be no Snack Bar/Karaoke room this year. I know several of you look forward to the karaoke each year and I'm sorry this happened but given the circumstances we don't have much of a choice.

Rest assured the rest of the event is going on as planned and will be as awesome as you expect it to be.

Resources and space permitting we may try to set up a simple snack area at the back of the main room with some light refreshments.

We are very sorry about this.

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2019-07-30

FuMPFest App Updated for 2019

The FuMPFest 2019 mobile app is now available for iOS and Android. This app features the schedule, some general event information, and streaming links for those of you who can't attend in person. Download the app from the appropriate store below.

iOS App Android App

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2019-07-17

FuMPFest 2019 T-Shirt Now Available for Pre-Order

This year's t-shirt is now available for pre-order! Head over to the store and order your copy now. If you will be attending FuMPFest you can pick up your shirt at the event and then your shipping will be refunded. If you are not attending the event your shirt will be shipped to you afterwards.

Click here to pre-order your t-shirt.

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2019-07-06

Impending Deadlines

A couple of important deadlines are coming up:

July 9 - Last day to book a room in our room block.

July 15 - Last day to register online.

July 15 - Last day to purchase a sponsorship or program book ad.

July 31 - Last day to submit an entry into this year's video contest.

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2019-06-11

Burlesque Tickets, Resources, and Schedules, OH MY!

FuMPFest is proud to welcome back The Better Boobie Bureau for another evening of burlesque fun. This year the troupe is teaming up with Chicago's own slapstick burlesque syndicate The Screwbelles to bring you an evening of comedy-music themed burlesque performances. This is a separate admission to the event—$5 for con attendees, and $10 for the general public—and you must be 18 years old to attend. Tickets can be purchased on the Registration page.

In other news, we have set up a new Resources page so our dedicated fans can help us promote the event. We have sharable graphics suitable for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you get your weekly dose of internet rage. We have a 90 second audio promo if you have a podcast, radio show, streaming show, or other audio platform where you can use it. And finally we have printable fliers, so you folks in the Chicago area can print up a flier or two to hang up in your area. Please check it out and help us spread the word!

Finally, we have updated the Schedule page and the accompanying Panels page with the schedule as it currently stands. We don't expect there to be any major changes to it, but you know how these things go. If there are any changes the page on our web site will always be the most up-to-date version.

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2019-05-30

FuMPFest 2018 2-CD Compilation Now Available

The FuMPFest 2018 2-CD compilation is now available in the store. This compilation features recordings from last year's event, including live music and a lot of the weird stuff that happened in between.

This compilation features recordings by The Four Postmen, Bill Larkin, The Library Bards and all of our other great guests. It is being sold as a fund raiser to help offset the costs of this year's event. Please pick up your copy today!

Click here to order on CD or as a digital download.

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2019-04-30

And Here Is the Rest of the FuMPFest 2019 Line-Up

And here it is, the rest of the line-up for FuMPFest 2019. Behold the awesomeness!

Tim Cavanagh
Tim Cavanagh is a favorite on The Dr. Demento Show and a regular on The Bob and Tom Show. He is a local Chicago comic who has produced some legendary comedy songs. (Due to other commitments Tim will be appearing Sunday only.)

Rob Paravonian
Rob Paravonian is a hardworking comic from Brooklyn who hosts the monthly comedy-music showcase The Odd Rock Comedy Hour in Queens. His hilarious Pachelbel Rant went viral several years ago racking up millions of views.

The Shanty Shipwreck Show
The Shanty Shipwreck Show is a regular at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and are known for their bawdy pirate ditties. They are returning to FuMPFest after a memorable performance last year.

Lauren Mayer
Lauren Mayer is an overnight success after 38 years after her song "The Sexual Harrassment Prevention Song" went viral on Facebook. Lauren humorous topical and political songs and producdes a new video on YouTube every week or so.

Robbie Ellis
Originally from New Zealand, Robbie Ellis now calls Chicago home and regularly performs his comedy songs on piano at local venues. He released his debut comedy album Pumpkins in 2018.

Insane Ian
Perpetual FuMPFest host Insane Ian will be doing a full set again this year along with his regular hosting duties.

For more information on these and our other guests visit our Guests page.

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2019-03-21

Four More Artists Announced

We are proud to announce four more artists performing at FuMPFest this year!

Amy Engelhardt
Formerly a member of The Bobs, Amy Engelhardt has an extensive history in musical theater and splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.

Carry Dahlby
The long-acclaimed Carold Cleveland of The FuMP, Carrie Dahlby is a Chicago local is hitting FuMPFest fresh off her first Music Guest of Honor gig this year.

Clearly Guilty
Hailing from Kansas City, Clearly Guilty is here for all of your general purpose nerd folk needs and will be delivering their patented mix of Purty, Nerdy, and Dirty songs.

Raymond and Scum
Returning to FuMPFest after five long years, Raymond and Scum are a comedy-rock duo from California who have been a part of The FuMP since the beginning.

For more information on these and our other guests visit our Guests page.

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