MARSCON 2020’s MAIN STAGE ACTS:
Music Guest Of Honor
Lauren Mayer is a satirical songwriter who has been around so long, some of her earlier songs were played on “The Dr. Demento Show” before the internet. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale, a 5-time recipient of the San Francisco Cabaret Gold Award, and the writer-producer-performer for several albums of comedy songs, including “Psycho Super Mom”, “Return of Psycho Super Mom”, “Latkes, Shmatkes”, and “If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)”. She has also provided custom comedy for corporate events, as well as writing several published children’s musicals, plays, and educational songs. And for the past few years she has written a brand new song every week, based on current events, recorded it and created a video for her youTube channel. She is a card-carrying Jewish mother, and has been posting new songs at the Funny Music Project (the FuMP .com) for over 5 years, many of which have made the monthly Top Ten countdown on “The Dr. Demento Show!”
Current co-host of “The Flopcast” along with Kevin Eldridge, the always effervescent ‘Kornflake’ adds to the MarsCon 2020 Dementia Track in more way than one this year! Having done occasional individual funny songs in the track before, this year Kornflake, for the first time ever, is doing a full 30-minute concert! This is a LOBSTER-LEVEL-5 EVENT that cannot be missed! Her concert is kicking off this year’s track on Friday at 9:00 pm on the Main Stage! – And as usual and always appreciated, Kornflake again will be instigating some geek fitness at MarsCon by leading 2 different one-hour sessions of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of the past year and beyond! She’s a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. It’s happening Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 am. So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!
Mikey Mason is a geek fanboy comedy rockstar! He’s spent more than a decade as a full-time standup comedian, headlining all over the country, but that wasn’t enough. In 2011, he released a song expressing his geekier side (“She Don’t Like Firefly”) that went viral on YouTube and got him featured on SyFy, MTV Geek News, The Funny Music Project, DrDemento.com, and even Time magazine. Many albums later, his lifelong love for fantasy, science fiction, cats, video and role-playing games continues to inspire his music and help him evolve, not only personally, but musically and professionally. His performances are fueled by his passions and sharpened by long years of experience as a stand-up comedian. He also likes beer.
Devo Spice (a former MarsCon Music Guest Of Honor) is a nerdcore and comedy rapper from New Jersey who calls himself “the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem” and is one of the most popular artists on “The Dr. Demento Show”, having had the #1 most requested song of the year twice (with a likely third on the way), and is also a two-time Logan Award winner for Outstanding Original Song and Outstanding Parody Song. He is the webmaster of the comedy music collective website “The Funny Music Project”, aka The FuMP .com. Of his many albums, one of note would be his Doctor Who concept album “I Am The Doctor”, which has has 11 tracks about each of the first 11 Doctors (there’s a new Capaldi song on his latest album, Whittaker song coming in the future).
For nearly 20 years, Orlando-based indie pop singer-songwriter Marc With a C has devoted himself to making raw, lo-fi music about a hi-def world. Through countless original albums, EPs and live recordings, Marc With a C uses infectious melodies and salty language to tell the stories of a generation caught between the analog and digital worlds. Marc also does many funny tunes about growing up as a nerd and learning to live an adult life as a nerd, as well as touching upon many of the fannish things people at conventions across the nation know and love. He’ll be closing out our Friday night line-up with an extended concert set, so don’t miss it!
Michael William Hunter is a fairly new name to our scene of people who create and perform funny songs, but he is by no means a newbie to the world of comedy music, being one of the hosts of a “Weird Al” Yankovic themed podcast, “The ‘Weird Al’Phabet”, where he and his co-hosts discuss every one of Yankovic’s songs in alphabetical order. Last year, he made his first MarsCon appearance during the Logan Awards when he performed his parody of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Alexander Hamilton” titled “Alfred Matthew Yankovic”, which was nominated for Outstanding Parody Song of 2018. Since then, he and his co-horts created another great parody called “Hey Marvel” about the Marvel Cinematic Universe just in time for the release of “Avengers: Endgame”. We’re so happy to have Michael here doing his first 30-minute MarsCon concert!
Another act making a 30-minute MarsCon concert debut is Garett Snook, a.k.a. “Il Neige” (it’s French). He is an L.A. based songwriter who’s love of the electric guitar is matched only by his passion for Simpsons quotes. He began producing comedy music in 2014 with “Sub Zero,” widely regarded as the moment “Let It Go” parodies stopped being funny, and has since gone on to spoof Bastille, the Beatles, and more. His originals walk the line between silly and sincere, covering topics ranging from Nintendo, to the meme-ification of Christmas, to… okay, so it’s mostly Nintendo. His most recent project is “Rock that Pokemon,” a YouTube series that attempts to immortalize all 800+ of the little buggers through song. Citing influence from Green Day, Weezer, and whichever Ska band is playing in Anaheim tonight, Neige believes there’s always room for a little more Geek in your Rock. He also made one of Dr. Demento’s highest charting hits of 2019, a song about Nintendo’s fighting game “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” titled “Everyone’s Here!”
Kyle A. Carrozza, aka “TV’s Kyle” created an awesome hilarious animated program for Cartoon Network, “Mighty MagiSwords”, as well as being one of the voice actors on it voicing MANY characters, including the lead male Prohyas. His dinosaur-lifemate “Linzilla” also worked on the show as a character designer and voice actor. But before any of that happened, Kyle spent decades coming up with crazy catchy tunes, and quite often, Lindsay would join him on the tracks. Once he found “The FuMP .com”, he started sharing his earworms with all of us. In 2011, after he attended MarsCon for the first time, he vowed never to miss one ever, and with Lindsay joining him hasn’t missed one since, making this his 10th consecutive MarsCon performance, a streak second only to Luke Ski (who also worked as a storyboarder and voice actor on “Mighty MagiSwords”, which by the way is available to watch in its entirety on Hulu! That’s 88 episodes, just waiting to be binge watched! What are you waiting for?) He also co-hosts the fortnightly animation podcast “Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons” with Luke Ski and is one half of the duo Scooter Picnic with Insane Ian, which he describes as “bloopcore quirkhop” as if those words have meaning. Silly cartoon man.
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 his nerdy comedy tracks 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, with a whopping FIVE of them reaching the #1 spot, including his 2018 hit “Candybars”, which earned him his 3rd Logan Award for Outstanding Parody Song. Luke has been the Chair of the MarsCon Dementia Track since it’s inception, now in its 17th year. Luke Ski is currently looking for his next full-time job in the animation industry in the Burbank / L.A. area, paying the bills by “Drivin’ For Lyft”, and trying to make more new comedy songs when he has the time and money to do so.
Karl Brown was a writer, pianist/keyboardist, and vocalist in the 1980s San Francisco band Automatic Pilot. Karl has also composed experimental electronic music, and works as a software developer. In 2007 he started recording his own songs and posting them to the FuMP Sideshow and Mad Music. He has participated in various collaborative projects including “Hey Birthday Boy”, “Mr. Smith Goes To The Hospital”, and “The Art Paul Schlosser Remix Project”. He has performed individual songs in the MarsCon Dementia Track over the past several years, but this is his first year getting a full 30-minute main stage concert!
Brett Glass travels all across the U.S. and even into international waters via the Jonathan Coulton Cruise, a.k.a. JoCo Cruise Crazy, to listen to all his favorite comedy musicians, and occasionally, he joins in the fun with some tunes of his own! He’s our only performer who has created his own karaoke system from which he plays his backing tracks while singing along with the lyrics on his laptop screen. He has performed individual songs in the MarsCon Dementia Track over the past several years, but this is his first year getting a full 30-minute main stage concert!
Beth Kinderman mainly performs serious folk music, but her recent album “Return of the Son of More Songs About Robots & Death” is a full-on comedy album, so Beth and some of her band, the Player Characters, are going to give us all a big slice of the funny! Another important thing of note is that Beth Kinderman and her friends from the Feng Shui Ninjas also host the annual “Space Oddity Brew Club & Pub” Room Party on the 11th floor, so stop by to see them all there too!
JOINING US TO PERFORM IN SUNDAY’S “DEMENTIA SMACKDOWN” CONCERT:
Carrie Dahlby is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, now a Chicago area resident for over 20 years. In 2014 Carrie released her 3rd album “Sing All Funny Jokes”, and frequently appears in songs by other members of the FuMP. Her song about the sweet bliss of being a parent who finally gets some time to watch the R-rated movies and geeky TV shows they love away from their kids, “Almost Parent Time”, hit #5 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 countdown of 2014. Carrie also joined the Ren Faire singing group “Court And Country”, an a capella vocal ensemble with a focus on bringing a variety of historically researched medieval and renaissance choral music to popular audiences. Her latest song, an anti-body-shaming anthem “Don’t Talk About Size”, made Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 countdown of 2018, and she was the Music Guest Of Honor at CapriCon 2019 in Chicago.
At age 6, Alex Rasey became the youngest act to grace the Main Stage of the MarsCon Dementia Track, and turns 8 on the second day of MarsCon 2020, that being Leap Year Day, February 29th! The offspring of Carrie Dahlby, Alex’s first comedy music album, “Rocketships UFOs”, was released when Alex was just 4. Alex’s favorite bands are The Aquabats!, They Might Be Giants, Depeche Mode, and loves playing Pac-Man and MarioKart. At MarsCon 2018, Alex performed the original song “Predators”, and it was described by one regular & music expert as “the most outsider crazy thing I’ve ever seen here”! And in 2019, Alex treated us to a song accompanied by a new dance called “People’s Tummies”! Happy Leap Year Birthday, Alex!
The enigma known as Dave Stagner has groups under many names: “The Feng Shui Ninjas”, “The Gernsback Continuum”, or sometimes even “Dave Stagner”. We’re never quite sure what Dave may be up to at any given MarsCon, but it may or may not also include such other people as Justin Hartley, Dennis Maddix, Tamara Anne, John Kentner, Beth Kinderman, Nikki Walker, or other passers by he may grab and give a tambourine, güiro, vibra slap, or whatever percussion instrument is handy. Blurring the lines between rock, folk, and common sense, they bring the bizarre when they rock the MarsCon stage.
Jacob Haller has been a fixture of the Rhode Island music scene for the past 10 years. His eclectic original songs cover topics ranging from robots to knitting to substance abuse to kittens and resulted in him getting nominated for best singer/songwriter 2010 in the Providence Phoenix. He’s released five albums, and he is excited to be making his first trip to MarsCon! He will also be accompanying Kornflake during her concert and the Dementia Smackdown concert!
Elizabeth Thompson and Sharla Stemski are “Versatile Fluff”! They performed a cover of “The Eevee Song” by Random Encounters at the Dementia Smackdown in 2018, and they have returned to perform one of their own comedy songs this year!
OTHER FOLKS INVOLVED WITH THE MARSCON DEMENTIA TRACK:
Jered Perez is a former DJ on Dementia Radio, and the creator of “Dementia Smackdown Wrestling”. He makes awesome pro-wrestling video game avatars of the MarsCon Dementia Track acts, records and edits the video, and then provides live commentary for it at our MarsCon event as “Commissioner J.P. Tuesday”, along with his co-host “Duke ‘Flyboy’ DuJour” (a.k.a. Luke Ski). You’ll also see him volunteering at our “Table 27” Merch Table located just outside the dealer room.
Byron Lee & Chris Peterson man the live streaming booth in the back of the Main Stage room for DEMENTIA RADIO . ORG, streaming the audio of concerts all weekend, recording them for next year’s Fund Raiser, and making witty commentary between the concerts. They also started streaming video of each year’s concerts on Twitch TV. Watch the concerts at: https://twitch.tv/marscondementia, or listen at: http://listen.dementiaradio.org:8027/listen.pls!
M.T. FOYER, aka Michael Sienkowski
Michael has been in many bands based in Madison, WI and the Twin Cities, some of which have literally toured the world (Sleeping In The Aviary, Eyebeams, Whatfor, Mike Krol). Playing multiple instruments including drums and banjo, he also sings amazingly. By a coincidence of genetics, he happens to be the younger brother Luke Ski, which Luke likes to believe is why he occasionally skews some of his songs towards the humorous. He is helping man “Table 27” this year as he has done for the past several years.
Angela Brett, who travels all the way from Vienna, Austria to attend the MarsCon Dementia Track (!!!), performed for the first time on the MarsCon Main Stage last year, after having done her funny songs at Open Mic events across the world and on the Jonathan Coulton Cruise, a.k.a. JoCo Cruise Crazy! Not only does she have her own original songs, but she is one of the few people on planet who can perform a cover of the intricately complex Mike Phirman song “Chicken Monkey Duck” with 100% accuracy! Bow to her skills, mere mortals!