2023 Jurors

Fan Jurors

Kendra Shepherd

Kendra Shepheard

Kendra (she/her) is a juicer for Needle­juice records and is an artist who spe­cial­izes in the wacky and psy­che­del­ic. Her art­work can be seen on releas­es by com­e­dy musi­cians such as Napoleon XIV, Barnes & Barnes, and Steve Good­ie. Along with art and what­not, Kendra is an admin­is­tra­tor for Vooba­ha: The Barnes & Barnes Face­book Group along with being a mod­er­a­tor for the Offi­cial Dr. Demen­to Face­book group!

Lar deSouza

Lar deSouza

Lar deS­ouza (he/him), beard advo­cate, not­ed hat enthu­si­ast and Inter­net Uncle, is real­ly good at sit­ting. He sits like a champ. And when he sits, he draws. Like, a LOT. For the past 18 years, Lar has been pulling dou­ble duty as the car­toon­ist for the 2008 Shus­ter Award win­ning online com­ic “Look­ing For Group” (LFG.co) andthe com­ic “Least I Could Do” (LICD.com). Lar also con­tin­ues to free­lance and has been for­tu­nate to con­tribute to Steve Jack­son Games, most notably Super Munchkin Artist Edi­tion, Munchkin CCG and the Illu­mi­nati sec­ond edi­tion in 2018, among many others.

He was born to hum­ble sur­round­ings on a Hallowe’en night many years ago. After an appar­ent­ly nor­mal child­hood, he attend­ed Sheri­dan Col­lege of Visu­al Arts where he obtained diplo­mas in Illus­tra­tion and Com­put­er Graph­ics. While oth­er artists might have mus­es that look like Gre­cian ora­cles, Lar’s wears three fin­gered gloves and speaks in a shout. It was only a mat­ter of time before pro­fes­sion­al car­toon­ing called his name.

Andy Hopp

Andy Hopp (he/him) is an award-win­ning illus­tra­tor, author, and game design­er. He is the host and founder of Con on the Cob (which coin­ci­den­tal­ly is the loca­tion of this year’s Logan Awards cer­e­mo­ny, as part of FuMPFeST at Con on the Cob) and Odd­mall: Empo­ri­um of the Weird, which is one of Ohio’s largest and most unique exhi­bi­tions of art & arti­fice fea­tur­ing hun­dreds of artists, crafters, enter­tain­ers, cos­play­ers arti­sans, and pur­vey­ors of games, toys, comics, col­lectibles, and all things odd, geeky bizarre, imag­i­na­tive, and wonderful!

Musician Jurors

Beth Kinderman

Beth Kin­der­man (she/her) is a filk singer-song­writer and gui­tarist based in Min­neapo­lis, Min­neso­ta. Along with her band the Play­er Char­ac­ters, she per­forms reg­u­lar­ly at sci­ence fic­tion con­ven­tions and has released sev­en albums of orig­i­nal mate­r­i­al inspired by her love of sci­ence fic­tion and fan­ta­sy, mythol­o­gy, games, and oth­er geeky top­ics. Her diverse musi­cal out­put includes song par­o­dies as well as orig­i­nal com­e­dy songs, which can be found on the FuMP and at bethkinderman.bandcamp.com.

the great Luke Ski

At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demen­to declared “the great Luke Ski” (he/him) to be his radio / inter­net 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 18 years in a row, includ­ing five of them at #1 (“Peter Park­er” 2002, “Steal­ing Like A Hob­bit” 2003, “Snoopy The Dogg” 2011, “Fake Adult” 2014, “Can­dy­bars” 2017). 

He has won three Logan Awards; The first for his Peanuts trib­ute, “Snoopy The Dogg”, win­ning ‘Out­stand­ing Par­o­dy Song’ of 2011, the sec­ond for his song about Dis­ney buy­ing Star Wars, “When You Wish Upon A Death Star” win­ning ‘Out­stand­ing Par­o­dy Song’ of 2012, and the third “Can­dy­bars” about Luke’s weight loss strug­gles win­ning ‘Out­stand­ing Par­o­dy Song’ of 2017. In 2023 Luke released his long await­ed 12th album “Need­less­ly Meta” which along with many tracks based on many of the things going on in Luke’s actu­al life the past 8 years, also has songs about The Man­dalo­ri­an, the women of Star Wars, The Twi­light Zone, CW’s The Flash & Super­girl, Adven­ture Time, and Mighty Mag­is­words (the Car­toon Net­work ani­mat­ed series on which Luke was a sto­ry­board­er, writer, song­writer, and voice actor, avail­able on Ama­zon Video and oth­er places you can dig­i­tal­ly buy TV shows).

Austin Ash Lemon

Austin Ash Lemon (he/him) is a music mak­er who makes music that is occa­sion­al­ly some­what comedic. The music he makes is prob­a­bly not comedic often enough to be includ­ed among the esteemed fun­ny song peo­ple in this jury. He judged the first Logan Awards back in aught some­thing, so per­haps a false sense of senior­i­ty has caused this baf­fling inclu­sion. He’s just gonna go with it.

He sings his occa­sion­al­ly comedic songs in a band called The Odd Dit­ties, a project begat from the band Smashy Claw, which was begat from the solo project mas­querad­ing as a band Ryce­hat, which was begat from the embar­rass­ing­ly obvi­ous-influ­ence ref­er­en­tial solo project Odd Austin. Each of these incar­na­tions was notably more comedic than what fol­lowed it. 

He is uncom­fort­able writ­ing about him­self in the third per­son, so he will now end this in an awk­ward, abrupt fashion.

Permanent Juror

Dr. Demento

Dr. Demen­to (he/him) 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)


Ian Bonds (Insane Ian)

Insane Ian (he/him) 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 chair­per­son of the awards.