In 2010 the FuMP (The Funny Music Project) created the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Music to celebrate the best funny songs of the year and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst. Logan was a prolific, talented, and hilarious comedy musician, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 29. Dr. Demento called Logan’s album “Goodbye My 4-Track” the “Sergeant Peppers” of comedy music albums. The Award celebrates funny songs in three categories – Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video – and the winners receive a statuette of a robot cat, inspired by one of Logan’s most popular songs, “Robot Cat”. In the past they have given awards to OKGo, Neil Patrick Harris, Todrick Hall, and Garfunkel and Oates, among others.
The Nominees for this year are:
Outstanding Comedy Music Video
For the first two years of the award, Rob Balder, the award’s creator, paid for production of the statuettes himself. Last year’s chair was Luke Ski, and he paid for them that year. The statues cost $400 each to produce, meaning that each year they need to spend $1200 on them to keep the awards going. Since there is a different chair each year it’s not practical to expect the chair to continue paying for production of the statues, but they need paid for somehow. That’s where Kickstarter comes in.
They have raised, as of this writing, $3,071. Meaning they have not only paid for this year’s statues, but also next year and part of the year after that. It goes till May 14th if you to get in on it.
Help them out, and you can get some cool rewards such as:
– An album of live comedy music performed at my LukeSkiCon last year
– A video presentation of highlights of Live comedy music performances from the first three Logan Awards ceremonies
– A official Logan Awards T-shirt
– An appearance on the FuMP’s weekly chat show ‘The Funny Music Podcast’
– A comedy song created for you by one of the artists of the FuMP
– House concerts performed by one or more of the artists of the FuMP.
This year’s Logan Awards ceremony is taking place at FuMPFeST on June 21st in Wheeling, IL, and Dr. Demento will host.