|Guest of Honor|
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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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 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.
Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist whose biggest musical influences were (and still are) Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials. She has a love of the absurdities of ordinary life, a somewhat twisted viewpoint, and a way with words.
Carla's 10 indie CDs have been featured on the BBC, Dr. Demento, Sirius XM Radio, Pandora, and NPR’s Morning Edition. She also appeared in "Sharknado 2" (as a human).
Carla has been performing since the late 90s, playing in venues small and smaller, from the Avalon Clothing Optional Folk Festival (took the clothing option) to MENSA to DragonCon to the Bluebird Cafe. She is a past winner of the Logan Comedy Music Award, South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, and Just Plain Folks Music Award (comedy). in 2020, Carla won the Just Plain Folks Novelty Album of the Year Award.
"Perhaps the Northeast's funniest interpreter of human foibles" - Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live!
"I LOVE Carla's songwriting- smart, funny, and insightful." – Christine Lavin
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.
In 2019 Carrie enjoyed her first "Music Guest of Honor" status at Capricon 39 (Chicagoland, IL).
Ian Lockwood is a Brooklyn-based comedian and pop musician. He is the co-host of Hot Teens at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective and has had recurring appearances on the Earwolf podcast Earwolf Presents. Ian’s second studio EP, Your Dad, drops this Fall, and includes five tracks in the comedy-pop style that has become his signature in the Brooklyn alt scene. He is an alumni of NYU Tisch's Experimental Theatre Wing, Second City's Comedy Studies, UCB, and The Annoyance Theatre NY, and his shows have been covered in Time Out, Brokelyn, Brooklyn Paper, Bedford+Bowery, and more. Check out ianlockwood.info for more info - it’s a cute site!
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 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 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!
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.
Susan "Sulu" Dubow began her demented songwriting career listening to the Dr. Demento Show in the mid 70’s while in her UCLA dorm. In 1976 her song "I love your Toes" reached number one on the Top Ten. Also in the Top Ten were her songs "Dream Dirty Dreams," "Chocolate Toenails," "No, No," "Small Busted Women," and her best known song, "Locked in The Closet with You." She appears as a guest vocalist on the flip side of "Fishheads" with Barnes and Barnes on "High School Gym" and "I Gotta get a Fake ID."
Sulu was invited to be a sidekick on The Dr. Demento Show on KMET in 1977 after performing in a concert at UCLA with Dr. Demento, following the sidekicks Jungle Judy, Captain Chaos, and Bedlam AC. She began by performing in concerts in the late 70s and 80s with Dr. Demento and other demented artists at UCLA, then performed at places such as The Pomona Fair, Wolf and Rissmiller’s Country Club, The Improvisation, and Gizzaris on the Sunset Strip. She went on to produce two CDs of her demented hits, Just Crazy Enough, and Really Off the Wall.
Sulu was an elementary school teacher for 39 years in East Los Angeles and won many allocates and awards for her work incorporating music into the curriculum. At her retirement ceremony Dr. Demento appeared as the surprise emcee.
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!
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 has held onto that title by having songs on the show's year-end Funny 25 countdown for 18 years in a row, including five at #1.
His song parodies, originals, stand-up and sketches about pop culture have made him a favorite at conventions all across the country. He's released eleven albums and a DVD over the past 24 years and has won three Logan Awards.
His biggest 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 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!
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.
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.
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