2021 Jurors

Jurors for 2021

Fan Jurors

Kristi Avery

Kristi has been a fan of com­e­dy music for many years, being raised with such clas­sics as Dead Skunk, Pur­ple Peo­ple Eater, and The Streak. Love for “Weird Al” soon fol­lowed and expo­sure to many oth­er artists hap­pened with that fan­dom, cul­mi­nat­ing with host­ing shows on dementiaradio.org, as well as being a vocal sup­port­er of com­e­dy acts dur­ing live shows. Being a juror is a respon­si­bil­i­ty that Kristi takes very seri­ous­ly as a sec­ond time juror.

Mark Hehir

Mark Hehir is bet­ter known in the dement­ed music world as Pro­fes­sor Incubus. For over 10 years now, Mark has broad­cast his own com­e­dy music inter­net radio show on dementiaradio.org. Over the last sev­er­al years,he has also writ­ten and record­ed sev­er­al of his own par­o­dy songs, as well as record­ed songs that oth­er tal­ent­ed par­o­dy writ­ers have giv­en him per­mis­sion to do. Mark’s inter­est in dement­ed music extends back to the 1980’s, when he used to lis­ten to the Dr. Demen­to show on Sun­day nights.

Natalie Rosen

The first music pur­chase Natal­ie Rosen ever made was a “Weird Al” Yankovic cas­sette. She con­sid­ers her life to be cur­rent­ly in a tran­si­tion­al phase, but her past includes stints as an actress, a tele­phone sur­vey­or, a singing pirate, a hor­ror impre­sario, a graph­ic design­er, and an immi­gra­tion para­le­gal. With her lat­est nascent project, Min­sky Pick­up, she and her band­mates hope to rein­tro­duce the songs of Amer­i­can vaude­ville, British music hall, and old Broad­way to a whole new gen­er­a­tion of audi­ences. She lives in Bal­ti­more with her wife and cats.

Musician Jurors

Rand Bellavia

Rand Bellavia is a singer, song­writer, gui­tar­er in the bands Ook­la the Mok and Via Bel­la. Ook­la the Mok’s songs “Mwa­ha­ha” won the 2014 Logan Award of Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­e­dy Song. Ookla’s songs have appeared on Dr. Demento’s Base­ment Tapes 7 (“Stop Talk­ing About Com­ic Books or I’ll Kill You”) and 12 (“F. Peo­ple”). Ook­la the Mok also had the most request­ed song on Dr. Demen­to for two years in a row: “Tantric Yoda” in 2012 and “Mwa­ha­ha” in 2013. Rand co-wrote the theme to Disney’s Fill­more and his voice is the first thing you hear on the Gym Class Heroes hit sin­gle “Cupid’s Choke­hold.” A long­time mem­ber of the filk com­mu­ni­ty, Rand has been nom­i­nat­ed for 21 Pega­sus Awards, win­ning 4. His most recent project is the 2021 solo album The Tips of My Fin­gers.

Rachel “Quirky” Schenk

Rachel “Quirky” Schenk is a pop cul­ture pod­cast­er (The Infin­i­ty Pod­cast, Screen Snark), twitch stream­er (Chez Goober), cat par­ent to Cham­pi­on: the Peo­ple’s Kit­ty, and per­for­mance artist (back when we did that kind of thing in the meatspace)Musically, they form 1/2 of the com­e­dy musi­cal duo, After­birth Mon­key and make up 1/6th of the nerdy a capel­la group, Choir­fly. Rachel has S rank sup­port with ani­ma­tion, pup­petry, TTRPGs, Ani­mal Cross­ing: New Hori­zons, and is deeply food motivated.

Kobi LaCroix

Kobi LaCroix is a spo­rad­i­cal­ly active artist and musi­cian whose com­e­dy “hits” include the Viking song in which he shouts a lot, the Tuba song in which he shouts a lot, and a series of knock­off ener­gy drink com­mer­cials in which he shouts a lot. His cur­rent big project is a con­cept album about mon­sters and mon­stros­i­ty (in which there will prob­a­bly be more shout­ing). Most of his cur­rent work can be found at ZenCavern.com and kobi-lacroix.bandcamp.com, and his pre­vi­ous com­e­dy work can be found on his page at The FuMP.

Permanent Juror

Dr. Demento

Dr. Demento

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.


Ian Bonds (Insane Ian)

Insane Ian is an active mem­ber of the com­e­dy musi­cian col­lec­tive known as The Fun­ny Music Project (aka The FuMP) as both a per­former and fan of com­e­dy music.

As a com­e­dy musi­cian, II loves video games. He plays them, he reviews them, he col­lects them, he even writes com­e­dy songs about video games (among oth­er nerdy sub­jects). Just one look at Ian’s Band­camp page makes it obvi­ous that Insane Ian is a com­e­dy music jug­ger­naut that can­not be stopped. Very recent­ly, Ian hit a mile­stone in his career a long time in com­ing, as he had the #1 most request­ed song of 2015 on “The Dr. Demen­to Show”, the name-man­gling Brit-trib­ute, “Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch”, sit­ting firm­ly atop the Doc­tor’s year-end Fun­ny 25. With a sharp wit, sar­cas­tic smirk, and a bit of self-dep­re­ca­tion, he’ll bring his unique sound to any­one who won’t tell him to shut up…and even a few that will.

As a com­e­dy music fan, Ian is the admin of the offi­cial Dr Demen­to fan group on Face­book, as well as run­ning all the press things for the FuMP. Dou­ble I has been nom­i­nat­ed for sev­er­al Logan Awards over the years but has yet to win one, which has earned him the nick­name “Rap Game Susan Luc­ci”. Ian is now the per­ma­nent chair­man of the awards.