Jurors for 2018

Fan Jurors

Ben Bruinooge (BreakManZ)

Picture of Ben Bruinooge (BreakManZ) Bil­lion­aire, genius, play­boy, philanthropist.…these words do not describe this man. Ben has been a DJ on Demen­tia Radio since 2005, host­ing The Pow­er Hours and shar­ing his unique taste in music. Also an avid gamer, he streams on both Mix­er and Twitch, espe­cial­ly with the game “Use Your Words”.

Jeff Morris

Picture of Jeff MorrisA quar­ter cen­tu­ry ago, Jeff pio­neered the idea of an inter­net repos­i­to­ry for infor­ma­tion about The Dr. Demen­to Show and its artists & songs. This led to the Dement­ed Music Data­base (dmdb.org) and his posi­tion as Dr. Demento’s offi­cial archivist and his­to­ri­an. He does the tape trans­fers and edit­ing for the old­er shows avail­able for stream­ing at drdemento.com. He also runs Mor­ris Stu­dios (morrisstudios.com) and has worked on trans­fer­ring, mix­ing, edit­ing, and/or mas­ter­ing artists such as Tom Lehrer, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Devo Spice, Barnes & Barnes, The Beast­ly Boys, and many oth­ers.

Zoe Simsay

Picture of Zoe SimsayBeing a long­time fan of “Weird” Al Yankovic and Dr. Demen­to, Zoë Sim­say con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of weird music as her Sec­ond Life Alter ego, Wil­low Leaf­s­torm, on Kryp­ton Radio. She pro­duces three disc jock­ey shows, one of them called Strange Trans­mis­sions, which car­ries Doc­tor Demento’s torch of dement­ed and fun­ny songs.

Musician Jurors

Carrie Dahlby

Picture of Carrie DahlbyCar­rie Dahl­by has been both a devot­ed fan of com­e­dy music and a cre­ator of it since the mid 2000s. Start­ing her com­e­dy music career by singing lead female vocals for the great Luke Ski in 2005, Car­rie released her first solo EP in 2006, and has released 3 full length albums since then. She has record­ed vocals for numer­ous oth­er male com­e­dy musi­cians, thus earn­ing her­self the nick­name “the Car­ol Cleve­land of the FuMP”. One of her songs was nom­i­nat­ed for a Logan Award. She cur­rent­ly spends most of her time being a full time Mom of one very spir­it­ed young boy (who has a com­e­dy music CD of his own). The rest of her copi­ous amounts of free time are spent per­form­ing with an ear­ly music vocal ensem­ble called Court and Coun­try, tak­ing trum­pet lessons, vol­un­teer­ing for a non-prof­it called Your Whole Baby, and pro­fess­ing her undy­ing love for the Aqua­bats.

Brett Glass

Picture of Brett GlassBrett Glass is an Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer, ham radio oper­a­tor (call­sign WY7BG), sci­ence non­fic­tion author, inven­tor, mul­ti-instru­men­tal­ist, and song­writer based in Laramie, Wyoming. Known to the com­put­er com­mu­ni­ty as the author of Borland’s “Tur­bo Pas­cal Tutor” (which taught tens of thou­sands of peo­ple to pro­gram) and as a colum­nist for some of the ear­li­est com­put­er mag­a­zines (includ­ing Dr. Dobb’s Jour­nal of Com­put­er Cal­is­then­ics and Ortho­don­tia), he helped to bring up the mod­ern Inter­net as a grad­u­ate stu­dent at Stan­ford. He also found­ed LARIAT, the world’s first wire­less ISP, which has been oper­at­ing for 25 years.

For­mer­ly the bass play­er for Jim Burrill’s com­e­dy music trio Sounds Like Fun (which per­formed Burrill’s fre­quent­ly played song “The Doc­tor,”) he’s a reg­u­lar per­former in the Marscon Demen­tia Track and at FuMPFest. He also pops up at filk con­ven­tions when he is able to escape briefly from his work respon­si­bil­i­ties. He enjoys cre­at­ing com­plex back­ing tracks with dig­i­tal audio work­shop soft­ware, but also loves to take a bass or gui­tar to a blue­grass, rock, or jazz ses­sion with no pri­or knowl­edge of the songs being played, guid­ed only by his ears and a view of a guitarist’s left hand.

Madison “Metricula” Roberts

Picture of Madison Metricula RobertsMadi­son “Met­ric­u­la” Roberts (she/her) is a singer-song­writer, clown, and enter­tain­er from Raleigh, NC.

You can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Camp­fire and relive the sum­mer camp nights of your youth with sing-a-longs and smores, but nerdier! Stream tunes from her debut EP, “Songs for Gamers” for free online or pick them up via Band­camp.

Met­ric­u­la is also a co-host of the “All in the Reflex­es” geek cul­ture pod­cast as well as a founder of the Social Jus­tice Bards, a group of livestream­ing musi­cians and artists on Twitch. You can catch her live (for free!) online doing music or host­ing Nasty Woman Knit­ting Cir­cle, where she knits… adult nov­el­ty items.

In her mug­gle life, Met­ric­u­la is a sci­en­tist, DIY enthu­si­ast, and avid cof­fee-drinker. She’s total­ly not mad that the cat loves her spouse, Richard, more than her.

Fol­low her online basi­cal­ly every­where as @metricula or find her hub at metricula.com.

Permanent Juror

Dr. Demento

Dr. DementoDr. 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.

Chairperson

Wayne Garmil (WildCard)

Picture of Wayne Garmil (WildCard) Wayne has been a fan of com­e­dy music since the ear­ly 1970’s, dis­cov­er­ing the Doc­tor Demen­to Show on the radio in 1977. An avid col­lec­tor of com­e­dy and nov­el­ty LPs, CDs, and MP3s span­ning the 1950’s to 2010’s. Cur­rent­ly a DJ on and co-own­er of Demen­tia Radio online radio sta­tion.