Jurors for 2014
“Wacky” Ben Pulliam
“Wacky” Ben Pulliam is the host of Ben’s Wacky Radio. After becoming a Dr. Demento fan at age 15 he had hopes that he could follow in the good doctor’s footsteps and host his very own comedy music show; in January 2004, he got his chance at station WQNA 88.3 The Edge in Springfield, IL where he has been bringing out the wackiness to the listeners for 10 years. The wackiness of Ben’s Wacky Radio can still be heard every Tuesday on madmusic.com and Wednesday evenings on dementiaradio.org. And when you tune into the show, Wacky Ben always reminds his listeners to NOT break their funny bones!
Ken “Madman on the Loose” Sherlock
2014 marks the 10th year the “madman on the loose” has been broadcasting on Dementia Radio. His first exposure to dementia was listening to Spike Jones records at his uncle’s house in the 1970s before as a high school student discovering the Dr. Demento Show in the early 1980s.
Once he joined the Dementia Radio group in 2000, he helped fellow fans and artists get to conventions and once there assisted with everything from merchandise sales to hauling equipment to occasionally appearing on stage. Over the past decade, Ken has made cameos in many songs and videos including “The Mall Santa”, which he co-wrote as well as voiced the title character.
Chozo Ninpo is the creator and project manager for the Orlando Nerd Fest (http://orlandonerdfest.com). He has been helping to promote nerd culture in the public eye for over a decade. He first started out as a rave and party promoter and eventually became a nerdcore rapper, and performed at Nerdapalooza 2008. During his time he was also executive producer of several of the “Rhymetorrents” albums, which were compilations to help further the “nerdcore hiphop” genre.
He eventually put his music career on hold to run Channel Zero (http://thezerolevel.com), a WebTV site based on “the nerdy and nostalgic”. It is there that his cohort Shamus Oddish and he review movies, play video games, and cover various live nerd related events. He has since brought on board several other media producers from all over the world.
At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared “the great Luke Ski” to be his radio program’s “Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century”. Since then, Luke held onto that title by having songs on “The Dr. Demento Show’s” annual year-end “Funny 25″ countdown of his most requested songs of the year for twelve years in a row, including three of them at #1 (“Peter Parker” 2002, “Stealing Like A Hobbit” 2003, “Snoopy The Dogg” 2011), and two of them at #2 (“You Don’t Know Jack” 2006, “Too Much Stuff” 2009). His song parodies, originals, stand-up and sketches about pop culture phenomena have made him a favorite performer at science-fiction and fandom conventions all across the midwest and beyond. He’s released ten albums and a DVD over the past seventeen years, many of which feature collaborations and cameos by his fellow comedy musicians of the Funny Music Project (www.theFuMP.com). Luke is a 3-time Logan Awards nominee, and a 2-time winner for Outstanding Parody Song for “Snoopy The Dogg” in 2012, and “When You Wish Upon A Death Star” in 2013.
Kevin Eldridge discovered The Dr. Demento Show in the early 80s, and became quite obsessed with funny music; his first concert was “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1985. In the early 90s, Kevin formed the comedy band The Sponge Awareness Foundation with keyboardist Ed Lecuyer, and released the album “Looks Like Rain… Tastes Like Chicken”. Several SAF songs have been heard on The Dr. Demento Show; most notably, “An Axl Christmas” was a holiday favorite on the show throughout the 90s and beyond. The Sponge Awareness Foundation performed at colleges and coffeehouses throughout New England, and appeared at the Dementia 2001 convention in Michigan. Also in 2001, SAF released the Delusions of Competence album, featuring the song “Greg Brady Wants Me Dead.” The band still resurfaces occasionally to perform their weird original songs, as well as covers such as their School House Rock medley. These days Kevin can also be heard on a weekly comedy podcast called The Flopcast, where he and co-host Kornflake discuss funny music, old cartoons, nerdy conventions, 70s and 80s nostalgia, and yes, chickens.
The song “Dead Puppies” has been off-and-on the most requested song of all time on “The Dr. Demento Show”. That song is by a group called “The Ogden Edsl Wahalia Blues Ensemble Mondo Bizzario Band”, or for short “Ogden Edsl”. The primary man behind “Ogden Edsl” is Bill Frenzer. Other classic songs by Ogden Edsl include “Kinko The Clown”, “Daddy’s Money”, and “Idi Amin Meets Eydie Gorme”. More recent Dr. Demento Show hits by Bill Frenzer include “Lesbians On TV”, “I Want To Ride On Shania’s Train”, and “She’s Got A Tongue Like A Kodiak Bear”. In 2013, he released a song about President Obama called “Send In The Drones”. We are honored to have such a legendary figure from comedy music history as a juror for the 2014 Logan Awards.
Dr. Demento is the on-air name of Barret Hansen, the longtime host of The Dr. Demento Show, a syndicated radio show in the U.S. that features novelty and comedy records. Hansen studied music at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and at the University of California at Los Angeles. He first used the Dr. Demento moniker in 1970, in his early days as a Los Angeles disc jockey. By 1974 he was nationally syndicated, playing rare novelty songs from the past and present, from Spike Jones and Tom Lehrer to Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic. Hansen is also an avid record collector and expert on the history of recording who has produced several compilations, mostly for Rhino Records. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. (from Infoplease.com)
The Dr. Demento Show is radio’s weekly two-hour festival of “mad music and crazy comedy” available for streaming on the internet. It is a free-wheeling, unpredictable mix of music and comedy. Along with legends like Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Monty Python, and Frank Zappa, the Doctor plays new funny songs sent in by amateur and professional singers and comedians. (from Dr. Demento.com)
Bill Putt founded the 24-hour streaming comedy music internet station “Dementia Radio” in 1999. Since then, it has become an online community of like-minded enthusiastic comedy music fans, many of whom have become internet audio DJs themselves, hosting weekly shows that happen every night on Dementia Radio. A life-long fan of “The Dr. Demento Show” and comedy music, Bill also organized a convention called “Dementia 2001″ in the Detroit area, a 3-day festival with many comedy music performers, and the site of the first ever Rocky-Horror-style shadowcast performance of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 1989 cult classic film, “UHF” (which Al mentioned on the UHF DVD commentary). Over the past two decades, Bill has been active in many assorted fandoms relating to comedy music. He was a regular cast member of the Detroit area’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” monthly shadowcast performance; he was the Con Chair of PenguiCon, a fandom & programming convention which features many fannish comedy music acts; and has hosted a handful of streaming shows and podcasts, including the “Toad Elevating Moment” on Dementia Radio and the “Pod Of Destiny” with co-host Moonbeam Nance.
Rob Balder is a professional cartoonist, singer/songwriter, game designer and web entrepreneur. Most of his time is consumed writing and producing Erfworld, an epic fantasy/comedy comic about an obsessive strategy gamer who is summoned to fight a real war. Erfworld was co-created in 2006 with illustrator Jamie Noguchi, and continues now with the talents of illustrator Xin Ye. Time magazine named Erfworld one of its top ten graphic novels of 2007, and Wired.com called it “Geekiest Comic Ever.” The first physical book of the series, “Erfworld: the Battle for Gobwin Knob,” was published in February of 2011.
Rob also writes and sings comedy songs, and has recorded two solo CDs. The title track from his first CD, “Rich Fantasy Lives” was co-written with Filk Hall of Famer Tom Smith. It won the Pegasus award for Best Filk Song of 2007. In 2009 he collaborated with -=ShoEboX=- of Worm Quartet on a CD called “Baldbox: the Dumb Album.” Rob’s songs have often been heard on the Doctor Demento Show. In January 2007, he and six other comedy music performers founded The Funny Music Project, where they present new songs every single day, released under a Creative Commons license. The FuMP won the 2009 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast.