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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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MarsCon Dementia Track and Logan Awards

MarsCon, which features the Demetia Track the world’s longest running fandom convention comedy music concert series, will be is coming up on March 4th thru the 6th at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota.

The music guest of honor this year is the Great Luke Ski.  He created the MarsCon Dementia Track over a decade ago, the most requested act of the 21st Century on the Dr Demento Show, won two Logan Awards for Outstanding Song Parody, and currently works at Cartoon Network on Mighty MagiSwords.

Other comedy music acts performing through the weekend are Steve Goodie, Carla Ulbrich, Dino-Mike, Katie Goodman, Devo Spice, Schaffer the Darklord, Raymond & Scum, TV’s Kyle featuring Lindzilla, Power Salad, Insane Ian, Carrie Dahlby, Feng Shu Ninjas, Beth Kinderman, DJ Particle, Brett Glass, and Karl Brown.

Events, besides concerts, through out the weekend include Dementia Smackdown Wrestling with commentary by J.P. Tuesday and Duke ‘Flyboy’ DuJour, Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons live podcast panel, The FuMP Jukebox concert, and Space Oddity Music Club & Brew Pub.

The Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music, the Logan Awards, will be awarded at MarsCon as well.  This year’s nominees are:

Outstanding Comedy Music Video
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (feat. Pete Gardner) – I Love My Daughter (But Not in A Creepy Way)
  • Insane Ian – Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Rhett & Link – Just Being Honest
  • The Nerdist (feat. Whitney Avalon) – Comic Con The Musical
  • They Might Be Giants – All the Lazy Boyfriends
Outstanding Original Comedy Song
  • Carla Ulbrich – Joe’s Ex-Girlfriends
  • Insane Ian – Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Katie Goodman – You’re A Feminist
  • Schaffer the Darklord – Sex Rhymes
  • Steve Goodie – I Dropped My Phone In The Toilet
Outstanding Parody Song
  • Carla Ulbrich – Cheek to Cheek
  • Carla Ulbrich (feat. Steve Goodie) – Dr. Pepper
  • Devo Spice – Put It Away
  • Dino-Mike (feat. Bonecage) – Urban Dictionary
  • Glove and Boots – Shaolin Monk

 

 

 

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What is Happening at the FUMP

A FuMPFest fundraiser CD is available for purchase.  It is $20 for a two-CD set of over 40 live performances from last year’s FuMPFest.

Two new acts have been announced for FuMPFest as well: Drew Jacobs and TV’s Kyle.  Full list of guests on the site.

Pre-registration for FuMPFest goes up from $35 to $45 on April 1st and the room block for the hotel closes May 19th.

The great Luke Ski joins TV’s Kyle new show on Cartoon Network Might Magiswords as a Storyboard Revisionist.  Here about it on Kyle and Luke Talk About Toons.

Nuclear Bubble Wrap released a video for their song The Agenda.  A little song poking fun at those who fear a “gay agenda.”  It was animated by ThePivottsXX.

Luke Ski released a video for his song The Twilight Zone too.  It is about the TV show Twilight Zone, nothing about sparkling vampires.

Bonecage has done more on his YouTube channel as well.

Carla Ulbrich is using Indiegogo as a pre-sale to fund her next album.  The album is written and mostly recorded already.  Reward levels include skype guitar lesson, handwritten lyrics, concert in your living room, your name in liner notes, and a video of Carla singing, dancing, and raving about how great you are.

Marc Gunn has a Kickstarter campaign for new steampunk album Dragons vs. Pirates.

During February’s Album Writing Month TV’s Kyle wrote an entire album, recorded it, and now has it available for purchase.  You can download it for only $5.

Harmonix announced the release of Rock Band 4 and is requesting song.  Now Devo Spice is trying to get his song The Dumbest Song on Rock Band on there, so he is asking for everyone’s help in requesting it.   Go to the request page, put in “The Dumbest Song on Rock Band” for the title, “Devo Spice” for the artist, and then click Submit.

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2nd Annual New York Funny Songs Fest 2013

NY Funny Songs Fest (NYFSF), NYC’s only comedy music festival, is celebrating its second year after a successful Kickstarter campaign.  The fest is Thursday May 30 through Sunday June 2 at different location in the city.

On Thursday things start off at 6 PM with registration a mixer at the Santos Party House (96 Lafayette at Canal Street).   At 8-9:30 PM the opening showcase with locals Dave Hill, Mindy Raf, Jessica Delfino, Ben Kronberg, Jen Kwok, Summer and Eve, Rob Paravonian, Ben Lerman and others performing followed by a Q&A and meet an greet.   From 9:30-11 PM the out of towners play, Devo Spice (NJ), Jamie Brew (Chicago), Titler (Boston), Steamy Bohemians (Boston), Todd Chappelle (Philadelphia) and more performing with their own Q&A and meet an greet.  The night party hosted by Ben Lerman and  Carolyn Castiglia starts at 11 PM  with special performance by Adira Amram, karaoke, photo booth, drink specials, free food and to be announced guests.  Party ends at 1 AM.  

On Friday, they have several workshops during the day.  At 1:30 PM there is a parody writing workshop lead by the The Parodivas.  At 2:45 PM an original funny song writing workshop and showcase.  Then at 4 PM you can join in a ukulele lesson, song writing workshop, and circle jam.  All three workshops are an hour-long and held at Tammany Hall (152 Orchard Street).

Later that night at 5 PM it is a Happy Hour Mixer at Tammany Hall with pros and fans for free.  Then at 7-8:15 PM (doors open at 6:30) a showcase of different comedic duos and trios will perform,  Mel and ElStuckey & Murray, Squirm and Germ, The Skivvies, and The Parodivas. From 8-10 PM the 50 Funny Songs will have 50 performers of different genres, experience, and instrumentation will each perform for two minutes or less.  Finally from 10:15-12:15 PM (doors at 9:30 PM) four comedy bands will play and in between acts stand-ups will perform funny songs with the bands for the first time.  Featuring comedy bands Kill The Band, The BTK Band, Bad Teenage Moustache, My Left Tit, Liam McEneaney and more. Same location for each events.

Plus from 9-10 PM at (UCB East, 153 East 3 Street) they are holding a showcase starring Summer and Eve with special guests.  Show is $10 at the door and doors open at 8:30 PM.

Moving on to Saturday.  At the Living Room (154 Ludlow Street) from 1-3 PM a Comedy Industry Panel with pros talking about becoming a full-time musician or comedian.  From 4-5 PM music pros will work with kids to create their own funny songs and then the kids get to perform their new song for everyone.  5-6 PM is a discussion on marketing your music and self to the world.  

Over at Tammany Hall from 6-8 PM is a screening of comedy music videos by Up & Down Theater, Insane Ian, Carolyn Castiglia (CKC) & Beena Steena, Stuckey & Murray, Rob Paravonian and more with live performances by Myq & Micah.   Then from 8-10 PM it is A Night of Dirty Songs with Jessica Delfino, Red Peters, Ben Lerman, My Left Tit, burlesque beauty Ms. Tina Cione and others performing “R” rated material.

For late night events they have two.  One at UCB East from 11:30-12:30 PM with a comedy rap battle.  five of NYC’s comedians and one audience volunteer with compete in a freestyle rap battle to the death (well not actual death).  Six rounds of one-on-one rap battles decided by the audience.  Doors at 11 PM and $5 at the door. Meanwhile over at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street) at the same time is Rob Contrell CD Release Party and NYFSF Wrap Party.  “Big Rob” releases his first comedy rap CD “Dreams Never Die” and the first 25 entries get a free copy.  DJ TigerVsCobra, Carolyn Castiglia and other special guests will be there.  Then the wrap party with a hip hop, rap, and r&b comedy music extravaganza with a chance to take the mic your self and win prizes.  Tickets are $12 for the event.

Finally Sunday.  Back at The Living Room as part of DayLife, a three block special event of food and fashion vendors, NYFSF people will be taking the stage for a last chance to see them perform.  Also they will a pastrami eating contest, yoga classes, DJ lessons, badminton, face painting, and other events.  It goes from 1-5 PM and is free.

Then a field trip to see Weird Al perform outside of the city with fellow Al fans and a pre-show gift bag.  Everyone is to meet up at 5 PM at Patrick Conway’s Pub (40 E. 43rd Street) and then travel by train to the concert.  Tickets for this event are $75 which gets you a ticket to the show, train ticket, and the gift bag.  Buy early for this.

To buy tickets for the event at Brown Paper Tickets.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door unless noted above.  You can also buy a pass to see the 50 Funny Songs event online via StageIt.

You can also order a special Funny Songs Fest t-shirt.  Shirts are $20 and only a limited amount will be available.  Reserve one by e-mail or through PayPal.

Looks like a fun show for fans of comedy music and the bar scene kind of party.

 

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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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