The Funny Music Project (FuMP) every year awards excellence in comedy music every year with their Logan Whitehurst Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Music or just Logan Awards for short. They present awards in three categories: Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video
The awards are named after Logan Whitehurst. A comedy musician whose songs were a frequent and popular part of the Dr. Demento show. He passed away in 20006 from a cancerous brain tumor.
The awards are selected this way. Anyone can nominate a song or videos from the past calender year; re-treatments of old songs are eligible but not re-releases. The awards chairperson, new one selected each year, picks three people from comedy music fandom and three active comedy musicians for the jury. Jurors can not participate in the open nomination process. The jury select from the nominees their top fives from the song pool and give them to the chairperson who tallies the votes. The five with most votes are announced as nominees and the one with the most votes wins.
The physical award itself was designed by Jamie Noguchi in honor of Logan Whitehurst’s song “Robot Cat” and can be seen above. Funding for the whole thing comes from fans of comedy music. So give if you can to this thing so it can keep going. Comedy music does not get a lot of respect.
Now for this year’s nominees, with my own personal faves mark with an *.
Outstanding Comedy Music Video
Jack Sparrow — The Lonely Island (f/Michael Bolton)
Perform This Way — Weird Al Yankovic
The Creep — The Lonely Island (f/Nicki Minaj)
The Muppet Show Theme Song — OK Go and the Muppets *
Outstanding Original Comedy Song
Hulkulele – Nuclear Bubble Wrap
I Am The Doctor — Devo Spice
I Can’t Wrap — Scooter Picnic
It’s Not Just For Gays Anymore — Neil Patrick Harris *
Outstanding Parody Song
The winners this year will be announced at DeepSouthCon 50 in Huntsville, AL on June 16th at a special concert.
Check out each of them and pick your favorite. I will post the winners after the con.