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FuMPFest 2017

The Funny Music Project‘s (FuMP) comedy music festival/convention, FuMPFest, returns this Friday June 16th to Sunday June 18th at the Holiday Inn Chicage-Elk Grove in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Guest of Honor for this year is Henry Phillips.  Henry is a comedy musican and actor who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Billboard magazine, worked with Moby, his YouTube channel “Henry’s Kitchen” and his own film “Punching the Clown.”  Featured Guests are Bad Teenage Moustache, chiptune-rock band Boy Meets Robot, Carla Ulbrich, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Peter Wildman, Reformed Whores, Smashy Claw, The Gothsicles, Tom Tuerff, Worm Quartet, and the great Luke Ski.  Also appearing this weekend but with no featured concert are Carrie Dahlby, Devo Spice, Holy Bongwater, Lauren Mayer, Power Salad, the Library Bards, and TV’s Kyle.

Events for the con will be several concerts throughout the weekend, but there is more to the event then just them.  The Opening Ceremonies will screen the entries this year’s Video Contest, karaoke, Q&A and autographs with Henry Phillips,  State of The FuMP, Live Podcasts, the FuMP Showcase, and special showing of Punching Henry, Henry Phillip’s latest mocumentary.  Friday will host the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music ceremony, all the nominated songs will be performed or presented at the ceremony.  There will be a dealer’s room for shopping as well.

Pre-registration is opened until June 12th, tomorrow.  Registration at the door is the same price.  Adult weekend is $50, Friday or Sunday only $20, and Saturday only $30.  Children twelve and under can get in for $30 for the weekend or any single day for $15.  Children three and under are free.

Fans of the FuMP, Dr. Demento, and comedy music in general should keep the FuMPFest are their list of events to try to hit up some time to see and hear their favorite acts and hang with fellow fans.



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Time for Logan Awards Again

The 5th annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music (Logan Awards for short) nominations have been announced for this year.  The award was started in 2011 to recognize those who work in the comedy music industry and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst a musician who died at the age of 29 in 2006.  The three categories are Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video.  Nominees are chosen from songs from the previous calender year in an open nomination process then Jurors chose the finalists and winners for each category.  Winners receive a robot cat statuette, inspired by Logan’s song Robot Cat, designed by artist Jamie Noguchi.  Jurors for this year are fan jurors Kristi Avery, Tim and Margie Winslow (the Poohs), and Angela Brett; musician jurors Seamonky, Jared Ringold, Chris Waffle, Paul Sabourin, and permanent juror Dr. Demento.

The finalists for this year’s Logan Awards are:

Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song

Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video

The awards ceremony will be held at FuMPFest in Wheeling, Illinois on June 5th to the 7th at the Westin Northshore.  The ceremony will two hours with performance from some of the nominated artists (just do not expect Weird Al to be one of them) and others to cover for those who will not be there.  Come and dress up for that proper award show feel.


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Ohio Valley Filk Fest and Pegasus Awards

The Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) is the world’s largest fan-run filk convention and home of the Pegasus Awards For Excellence in Filking.  This year it is October 24-26 in Worthington, Ohio.   This year is a special look at filkers and filking from Canada.


Guest of Honor for the con is Decadent Dave Clement, a filker from Winnipeg who has traveled to Europe to filk.  Toastmaster for the con is Stone Dragons, Filk Hall of Famer, Pegasus and Aurora Award winner.  The Honored Listener is Howard Scrimgeour, attendee of every OVFF and committee member of FilKONtario.  The Interfilk Guests for this year are Debs and Errol and the New Voices Guest is Copy Red Leader.

Events get started on Thursday night with open filk called Frisky Puppy filk.  On Friday things begin with the Mad Hatter’s Teat Party (bring your own hat), then the Pegasus Nominees Concert, then apple-tasting party in the con suite, a workshop or two and open filk in late in the night.  Saturday is filled with workshops and theme filks throughout the day, formal concerts, the Pegasus Awards Banquet at 6pm, then the songwriting contests, Interfilk Auction, and plenty of open filk.   Sunday has more workshops, yoga, more concerts, the Iron Filker songwriting contest, and the Farewell Jam Session in the afternoon, and if you stick around on Sunday evening you can go to the Dead Dog Dinner Run and the Dead Dog Open Filk.

The Pegasus Awards were founded to recognize and honor filkers and filking. Anyone in filking is eligible to be nomineed and win.  Anyone interested can cast their vote for a winner, you do not even need to go to the con.  This year award categories are: Best Filk Song, Best Classic Filk song, Best Writer/Composer, Best Performer, Best Adapted Song, and Best Song of Passage.

Membership is $50 if you pre-registered by October 10 and $60 at the door.   This covers everything but the awards banquet.  Tickets for it are $35 in advance and $40 at the con.  Child membership is at a lower price, $10/$30.

If you are a filker, want to be a filker, or just like filking you should check out this event.

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Logan Awards Nom­i­nees and Kickstarter

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

“The Loop­hole” — Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song
“Shut Up, Ian!”Insane Ian
“The Loop­hole”Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song:
“After Ever After” Jon Cozart (“Paint” on YouTube)
“JoCo Got Jacked”Devo Spice

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.



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Parsec Award For Best Music Podcast

The Parsec Awards were founded in 2006 to celebrate speculative fiction podcasting. Podcast shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee.  Awards are given in several categories ranging from content to audio quality.  One of those categories is Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast, which was added in 2009.  The Parsec Awards are given out each year at a live ceremony at Dragon*Con in Atlanta Georgia.

The award is given to podcasts discussing and sampling music about, set in, inspired by, or spoofing speculative fiction.  The finalists for this year’s award were Radio Free Hipster by Z, The Funny Music Project by Devo Spice, and Pros and Cons by Jonah Knight and Mikey Mason.  Winner after picture.  








The FuMP won this year.  This is their second win and fourth nomination.  Since none of the FuMP’s artists were able to attend the ceremony one of the FuMP’s fans accepted the award on their behalf. 

They have stated that if the plaque were a little bigger, it would have continued to read as follows: “By Devo Spice, Art Paul Schlosser, Bonecage, Buzz Brooks, Carrie Dahlby, Confabulation of Gentry, Consortium Of Genius, Dino-Mike, Donita Smith, Flat 29, George Gidley, Glen Raphael, Grottomatic, Insane Ian, Jeff Kornberg, Jesse Smith, Kill The Band, Killer Calamari, Kobi LaCroix, Komrades Oppression Group, Lemon Demon, the great Luke Ski, Marc Gunn, Max DeGroot, Mel & El, Mikey Mason, Moneyshot Cosmonauts, Morning Sidekick, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Ookla The Mok, Phil Johnson and Roadside Attraction, Power Salad, Project Sisyphus, Raymond and Scum, Robert Lund, Sci-Fried, Scooter Picnic, Smashy Claw, Some Guy Called Doug, Steve Goodie, Strange Changes, The Boobles, The Chris Waffle Experience, The Doubleclicks, Todd Chappelle, TV’s Kyle, Willie B Poppin, Worm Quartet, and Logan Whitehurst.”

You can watch the Parsec Award ceremony on YouTube.  Performances by Tom Smith at 22:30 and the award is given to FuMP at 52:30.


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MarsCon Results

The winners of this year’s Logan White­hurst Memo­r­ial Awards for Excel­lence in Com­edy Music announced at MarsCon earlier this month are:

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video: Beauty and the BeatTodrick Hall

Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song: 29/31Gar­funkel and Oates

Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song: When You Wish Upon A Death Starthe great Luke Ski

Which means I only got one out of three right this year in my picks.

You can watch both the con­cert and cer­e­mony on Jered Perez’s YouTube account or Power Salad’s Ustream in two parts.

Also at from this year’s opening ceremonies at MarsCon, instead of doing the usual live comedy sketch Luke Ski and other FuMPers created a 20 minute Muppet Show parody video, the FuMPept Show.  The video stars some of the stars of the FuMP as puppets (voicing themselves) doing a tribute to MarsCon itself.  It contains a few bits of songs from them and plenty of nerdy humor.  I feel it is both well made and really good Muppet parody as well, feeling like it could have been written for the original show, complete with Kermit arm flail.  Features songs by Possible Oscar, Flat 29, Rob Balder, Carla Ulbrich, and Luke Ski with something new, plus appearances by Devo Spice,  Shoebox, Insane Ian, Carrie Dahlby, “Claudia Christian”, and more.

A few podcasts have done their post-con reviews and here are some of them to enjoy.

Luke and Carries Bad Rapport Episode 80: Retainer Container

The Flopcast Episode 44: Mars Con 2013, Part 1: The Flop of Destiny

The Flopcast Episode 45: Mars Con 2013, Part 2: Bad Flopport

The ScopeEpisode 138: How Does Johnny Hot Dog’s Beet Garden Grow?

Pros and Cons PodcastEpisode 25: Mars Con vs. MadiCon

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