Thank You for a Wonderful Event!
It's been a week and we're still getting settled into the real world after getting back from FuMPFest. But we wanted to give you an update on things. The event went beautifully! There were some minor technical glitches along the way but nothing we couldn't deal with. Several people said this was the best FuMPFest ever and we are finding it hard to disagree with them.
We need to give a big thank you to Dr. Demento for coming out to be our guest of honor again this year. And a big thank you to Sulu, Beefalo Bill, Jungle Judy, and Artie Barnes for appearing on the Sidekicks panel. Bill had some amazing photos from his days on The Dr. Demento Show which unfortunately he didn't get to share with too many people. Sulu performed two songs during the weekend, including a new tribute to Dr. Demento.
We need to thank all our performers: Bad Beth and Beyond, Bill Larkin, Carla Ulbrich, Carrie Dahlby, Ian Lockwood, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Ross Childs, Steve Goodie, The Gothsicles, the great Luke Ski, and Worm Quartet, plus Regdar and the Fighters, Soggy Potato Chips, Karl Brown, Captain Ambivalent, Brett Glass, Holy Bongwater, and the Suffock and Good Players.
Special thanks to all our volunteers who ran Registration and Table 27: Jered Perez, Ellen Macas, Kristina Winslow, Brett Krause, Doornail, and James Russell. Thanks to Chris Mezzolesta for running sound once again and Insane Ian for hosting again. And thank you to Old Spice for sanitizing the microphones between acts.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and advertisers who really helped us out this year in putting on the event, especially Demented Punk Records who donated merchandise to our raffle and sent us the new Barnes and Barnes video to premiere.
Thank you to everyone for coming and thank you for wearing masks to keep us all safe!
Congratulations to Whitney Avalon for winning the Logan Award for Outstanding Original Comedy Song and to Devo Spice for winning the other two! Thank you to everyone who participated in Dumb Parody Ideas and congratulations to Shoebox of Worm Quartet for winning the Golden Spatula! Congratulations to Jeff Morris for winning the What The FuMP game show! Finally, congratulations to Jamie & Theresa LocPort for winning the video contest for their video for "Shiny Math Rocks" by Mikey Mason.
If you pre-ordered a t-shirt and did not pick it up at the event your shirt was shipped out yesterday. If you did pick it up we will be issuing the refunds for shipping shortly.
If you have not yet bought a shirt and still want one we have a handful of shirts left, in Large and Small sizes only. You can order yours in the store while supplies last. Click here to order your shirt.
Relive the Magic
If you missed any of the events from FuMPFest you can watch the videos of the streams on our Twitch channel. Note that Twitch only keeps the videos up for around 10 days after the initial stream, so watch them soon before they disappear.
We also updated our Archive section with a page for 2021 where you can see some photos from this year's event.
If you have any photos you would like to share with the community we would appreciate it if you shared them on our Facebook page.
What Does the Future Hold?
We don't know yet. We are currently not taking pre-orders for any future events because we don't know yet what we are going to do. Once we get the final numbers from the hotel and Table 27 we will evaluate our situation and decide from there. The hard truth is that our expenses have been going up each year and our attendance has not. Unless something changes we won't be able to continue putting on this convention. As much fun as this weekend is it's a ton of work and a money-losing venture so we can't keep doing it the way we're doing it. As soon as we know anything more specific we will let you know.
Thank you to everyone who supported us both this year and in previous years! And if nothing else, there will be a 2-CD set produced from the recordings of this year's event. So look forward to that.
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We are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and due to the more contagious Delta variant of the disease cases are once again rising. For this reason we are encouraging all attendees to wear masks while at the event.
We are planning to do everything in our power to keep our guests safe. Masks will be provided, as will hand sanitizer. We do not expect the venue to be overly crowded so it should be possible to maintain social distance while in the audience.
At this point we are proceeding as planned with the convention. We have no plans to cancel the event and, in fact, can't unless the state of Illinois bans indoor gatherings of this size again. We do not anticipate that happening. However, we certainly do not want anyone getting sick and will do everything in our power to keep everyone safe.
Artemis Room Canceled
In other news, we were just informed that The Royal Manticoran Navy will not be able to run their Artemis room as planned due to not being able to get enough volunteers for the event. We apologize to anyone who was looking forward to trying their hands at interstellar warfare. I know we were.
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FuMPFest 2021 T-shirt Now Available for Pre-Order
The FuMPFest 2021 t-shirt is now available for pre-order! Order your copy today to guarantee your size and pick it up at the event. After you pick up your shirt your shipping will be refunded after FuMPFest.
The shirts will also be available at Table 27 during the event, but there will be a limited supply and we can't guarantee we will have your size. We strongly recommend pre-ordering the shirts now.
Pre-orders will be accepted through July 31st. Click here to pre-order your shirt now!
Guest Swap 2: Ian Lockwood in for Amy Engelhardt
Due to a scheduling conflict with a personal event she can't miss Amy Engelhardt has had to cancel her appearance at FuMPFest this year. Logan nominee Ian Lockwood was planning to come out for the award ceremony and since he wanted to perform anyway this seemed like the obvious solution.
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.
Guest Swap: Carrie Dahlby in for Clearly Guilty
Unfortunately Clearly Guilty will not be able to appear at FuMPFest this year. Don't blame them. This was Devo's fault. However, we are pleased to announce that Carrie Dahlby will be performing now instead.
Carrie Dahlby is a classically trained opera singer who has been called the Carol Cleveland of The FuMP since she has worked with just about every other FuMP artist at one point or another. Please join us in welcoming Carrie Dahlby back to FuMPFest!
Another Guest and a COVID Update
Please join us in welcoming Sulu to FuMPFest!
Susan "Sulu" Dubow joined The Dr. Demento Show as a sidekick in 1977 after several of her songs made Dr. Demento's Top Ten countdown the previous year. She appeared alongside Jungle Judy, Captain Chaos, and others helping to answer phones, take requests, and generally add to the bedlam of the live show.
We are very pleased that Sulu will be joining us at FuMPFest to celebrate Dr. Demento's 50th anniversary!
COVID Restrictions Lifted
As of June 14th, Wheeling has entered Phase 5 of Illinois' plan to reopen the state. This means the attendance limit we previously announced can be lifted! So we are now only limited by the capacity of the venue.
CDC guidelines are still in effect. We recommend masks and social distancing for anyone who isn't fully vaccinated. If you are vaccinated and still want to wear a mask we encourage you to do so. We will have some on hand available for free or you are welcome to bring your own. And social distancing is always a good idea so long as this virus is still in play. Please remember that children under 12 are not yet eligible for vaccines and are still susceptible to the virus, and there will be at least a few of them in attendance.
Final Three Performing Artists
We are pleased to announce the final three performing acts at FuMPFest 2021.
Carla Ulbrich - Carla is a comedic singer/songwriter from New Jersey who has been featured on the BBC, Dr. Demento, Sirius XM Radio, Pandora, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
Steve Goodie - Steve 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.”
the great Luke Ski - Luke Ski is Dr. Demento's most requested artist of the 21st century, having had a song on the Funny 25 for 18 years running and five number one songs.
We still have a few more surprises to announce in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
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