Jurors for 2015
Kristi Avery is the hostess of Hour 1 of Blindwulf’s Rubber Room Association on Dementia Radio. A life long fan of Comedy Music, she enjoys songs new and old, from One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater to Floss Boss (The Official Hardcore Rap Song About Flossing) and is a vocal supporter at live shows. And will occasionally toss panties onstage, if the situation calls for that (so BEWARE!!!)
Tim and Margie Winslow (aka ‘the Poohs’)
Tim (Pooh Bear) and Margie (Missy) Winslow grew up with parents who gave them the gift of watching and listening to comedy and funny music. Years before they met, in their teens, they learned of and listened to the Dr. Demento show. On their first date they knew they were meant for each other as they walked hand in hand singing “Dead Puppies”. Now, over 30 years together, they continue to have comedy in their lives. With the development of the Internet, they found the IRC chat room early on. They attended some of the earliest conventions, becoming life long friends with many of the the artists and people in the Dementia fan groups. Today, they continue to listen and support the Dementia community.
(Note: the Winslows will be voting individually. Any need for divorce lawyers are Jayekitty’s fault.)
Angela Brett learns about the world (especially science, popular culture, current events, and French) almost exclusively through comedy songs, and rarely communicates without using the sentence ‘I know a song about that.’ She long considered making her own online database of silly songs before discovering the Sing About Science website and eventually the Mad Music Archive. She was declared Best in Terms of Pants on the JoCo Cruise in 2014. She films all the live shows she has permission to, and frequently tosses novelty male underwear on stage when the situation calls for panties.
Eric ‘Seamonkey’ Tomme
Seamonkey is a parody artist from Texas with a few #1 hits on the Dr. Demento Show to his credit… and that may be almost all the credit he deserves! The inclusion of Seamonkey into the auxiliary membership at the inception of TheFuMP.com quickly led to the creation of the “Squick” label, defining songs that are beyond containing simple bad words to ones that may make you question why you hit “Play” on that link!
Aside from these missives, Seamonkey is an avid homebrewer and creator of “The Boobles”, an all-Beatles/all-boobs parody outfit that donates profits from sales of their music to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org)… and that’s gotta balance the scales somewhat! Fingers crossed that God can take some jokes!
Jared’s appreciation of the funnier side of music began in 1985 when his younger form acquired what would become a well-worn cassette of Dare To Be Stupid by “Weird Al” Yankovic. Later, Jared consumed vast quantities of 1980s hip-hop, hair metal, alternative rock, and pop culture television and movies, arriving at a diverse collection of influences that would define his musical career.
Jared co-founded the atomic rock cover band The Nick Atoms in 2000, pounding the drums and ticking the microphone through several albums and live performances at MarsCon and CONvergence. After the dissolution of The Nick Atoms, Jared went on to form the comedy rock band Possible Oscar. To date, Possible Oscar has released three albums, performed at sci-fi conventions around the country, and enjoyed occasional airplay on The Dr. Demento Show. Jared has also collaborated with musical colleagues such as the great Luke Ski, Devo Spice, Insane Ian, Seamonkey, and Worm Quartet.
Chris Waffle has been a fan of funny/nerdy/demented music since he first heard “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Eat It” at ten years old. As an adult, he formed the comedy rock duo, Hot Waffles, who appeared on the Travel Channel’s America’s Worst Driver, EXTRA and G4’s Attack of the Show as well as on KROQ in Los Angeles. The brothers and their music are also featured in the documentary The People vs. George Lucas. They have performed in venues such as The Improv, The Ice House, were the Guest of Honor at Marscon as well as performing live with the likes of director Kevin Smith and Dr. Demento, having also appeared on the later’s nationally syndicated radio show.
Chris has released funny songs under the solo moniker, The Chris Waffle Explosion, and has collaborated with artists such as, The Great Luke Ski, Devo Spice, Raymond & Scum and others. After relocating to Portland, OR. in 2014, Chris started an acoustic nerd rock duo, Going Viral (www.goingviralrocks.com), and continues to blow the roof off of venues all over the Pacific Northwest.
Paul Sabourin is one-half of Paul and Storm, known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock, along with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage, and co-produce the annual JoCo Cruise. The duo’s original webseries musical, “LearningTown“, debuted on YouTube’s Geek & Sundrychannel in January 2013. Also in 2013, their song “Another Irish Drinking Song” was featured in the hit movie Despicable Me 2, and in July had their guitar smashed on stage by George R. R. Martin (and deserved it). Their fifth full-length CD, Ball Pit, came out in 2014, and was the central item of the duo’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.
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)
A documentary film about Dr. Demento, “Under the Smogberry Trees,” is currently in production.
Jean ‘Jayekitty’ Prior
Jean is a long-time fan of dementia music, even before she knew it was called that. While she grew up in the boonies bereft of a radio station that carried the good Doctor, she still learned many of the old standards and expanded her knowledge in college with friends in the Penn State Monty Python Society. She’s been hostess of Radio Free Gallifrey on Dementia Radio as DJ Phoenix since June 2006 (proof!), and has cheerfully abused her superpower of networking to do things such as kickstart the idea behind Laughter is a Powerful Weapon Vol. 2. She’s edited The Medieval Virgin, a hardcopy magazine inspired by The Brobdingnagian Bards’ ‘Do Virgins Taste Better’, and co-wrote ‘When the Dairy Farm Caught Fire’, a parody of ‘Old Dun Cow’ with Marc Gunn and Nancy Pearsall.
She’s also the Queen of Merchandise at MarsCon (MN) and FuMPFest with the nickname ‘Rogue Leader’, supervising the awesome minions who run Table 27. Her favorite collaboration is ‘Mommy’s Broken (Sad Kitteh Version)’ with Chris ‘Power Salad’ Mezzolesta, mashing up the classic Worm Quartet short with Sad Trombone and is shocked that none of you clever people thought of it first.
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.