MARSCON 2018’s MAIN STAGE ACTS:
Music Guest Of Honor
Devo Spice 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 internationally web-streamed Dr. Demento Show, having had the #1 most requested song of the year twice: “Inner Voice” in 2005, and “Cellular Degeneration” in 2007. He is also a two-time Logan Award winner for Outstanding Original Song of 2017 with “Just For You”, and Outstanding Parody Song of 2014 with “Snack Bar”.
He runs and maintains the comedy music collective website “The Funny Music Project”, aka TheFuMP.com as webmaster, as well as hosting the comedy music podcasts “Manic Mondays”, “The Insider”, and “the FuMPcast” along with Luke Ski. In 2014, inspired by the success of the MarsCon Dementia Track, he started the FuMP’s own weekend-long event in the Chicago area, “FuMPFeST”, now heading into it’s 6th year this summer (visit fumpfest.com for updates).
Of his many geeky hip-hop albums, one of note to all the Whovians out there would be his Doctor Who concept album “I Am The Doctor”, which has has 11 tracks about each of the first 11 Doctors (pre-Capaldi). But even more noteworthy to us is that this is his 14th appearance at MarsCon, having only missed the convention once since 2005. Luke Ski likes to refer to him as the “undisputed king of rap dementia”, and his Music Guest Of Honor-ship has been a long time coming.
Insane Ian has been called “the Weird Al of videogames” but he keeps asking his mother to stop saying that, as he writes songs about other nerdy stuff too. Ian hit a milestone in his career when 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 Funny 25. His more recent albums include the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Beatles mash-up album “Meet the Avengers” and his 2 disc concept epic “Internet Famous”, and he also is one half of the bloopcore quirkhop sensation Scooter Picnic with his pal TV’s Kyle. Outside of that, Ian graciously offered to take up the mantle of being this year’s Chair of the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music, being held at MarsCon on Saturday afternoon.
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 “TheFuMP.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 9th 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 on Hulu, all of Season one and the first half of Season 2! That’s 69 episodes, just waiting to be binge watched! What are you waiting for?) He also co-hosts the bi-monthly 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.
Steffeny Messinger a.k.a. “My Parents Favorite Music” is a one-woman musical act, releasing albums as pieces of a map to a mysterious island, she brings fun wordplay and a colorful element to her music, inviting every listener to be a part of her adventure. She’s the world’s most attractive, funny, intelligent, kind, humble, not to mention attractive chiptune hip-hop musician, creating video game and nerd culture influenced songs, paired up with nostalgia-heavy pixelated soundtracks. She’s amazeballs. She also has an awesome song about the Cartoon Network show “Steven Universe” titled “Crystal Gem”, which Luke Ski likes to rock out to frequently.
By day, Chris Mezzolesta is a professional voice-over artist whose voice can be heard in commercials for Kaopectate and Menards, among others. But when the moon is full, he gets out the vacuum cleaner and frightens his cat beyond consolation! His song “Letter From A Cruise Ship (Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah! 2013)” won a Logan Award in 2014, and his song “Amazon Drone” won him another in 2015, however it’s his 30 plus years of making sketch audio and comedy music make him the wise elder of the scene, with recent Dr Demento Show hits like “Gas Station Disc Jockey” and “Smells Like Herb Alpert”, both from his first vinyl release (now sold out, but still available virtually) “Vaudeville”. Mostly, however he just yells about tile and honey mustard, much to the delight and confusion of those around him. This year he and a group of talented podcasters started a new sketch serial series titled “BS de Resistance”, about the adventures of a certain orange skinned business man turned politician who works in a house which is white in color.
Steve Goodie has the distinction of being the act at the Funny Music Project website (TheFuMP.com) that has posted more songs than any other act over our 12 year history, with at least 132 songs, and probably more since this little bio was typed. Steve Goodie, a Nashville staple who often hosts and performs at the famous Bluebird Cafe, has gone on multiple house-concert-tours all across the contiguous 48 states. He’s put out dozens of albums, had many songs make “The Dr. Demento Show’s” Top Ten and Funny 25 countdowns, and if the current administration continues to be a thing, he’s only going to crank out songs faster and with more fury. So come out check out Steve rocking a guitar finishing off our Friday night R-rated line-up, where I am sure he will have some choice words for you-know-who. Ironically, he is here because he was nominated for a Logan Award for a song called “Words That Sound Dirty, But They Ain’t”.
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 songs on “The Dr. Demento Show’s” annual year-end “Funny 25” countdown of his most requested songs of the year for 17 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 it’s 16th year. Luke Ski is also this year’s Artist Guest Of Honor at MarsCon 2019, so check out his cartooning work on the official MarsCon 2019 t-shirt, program book, badges, and go visit the display of many of his works on display in the Art Show.
The Library Bards claim to “transform Top 40 songs into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place”, and do they ever deliver! The dynamic performances of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest; voice of R. Mika in Street Fighter V), and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds; voice of the Announcer in Divekick) have become a staple in the new Comic and Pop Culture Convention scene, and the Bards bring life to the main stages of Cosplay Contests, Panels, and Concert performances. When not doing voicework or filming for their various shows on the Geek and Sundry network on Alpha (“Callisto 6” for Bonnie, “Sagas of Sundry: Madness” for Xander) this pair of Hufflepuffs travel the US thrilling crowds with their exceptional harmonies and unchoreographed choreographies. “These two are awesome-sauce and their hilarious concert is not to be missed.” ~ Luke Ski
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 duet with Earl ‘Wyngarde’ Luckes 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 in February.
Jeff Whitmire appeared on the comedy music scene last year with his parody, “Hey There, Momoa,” a song about his wife’s obsession with the dude who would be Aquaman. The song went on to become a Logan Award nominee for Most Outstanding Parody of 2018. Jeff followed this up with “Tickets for ‘Weird Al’ in Sarasota,” a tribute to the Prince of Parody himself, and the song ended the year as the 13th most requested song on the Dr. Demento show. Since then, it appears that he has made it his unofficial goal to have a new song appear on the FuMP each month and has debuted new material on a regular basis for February Album Writer’s Month. Jeff is currently in the process of putting together his first album of comedy music, due out later this year.
THE PERFORMERS OF THE “FuMP JUKEBOX” CONCERT:
Beth mainly performs serious folk, but her latest 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! Beth and the Feng Shui Ninjas also host the Space Oddity Brew Club & Pub room party.
Brett Glass travels all across the U.S. and even into international waters to listen to all his favorite comedy musicians, and occasionally, he joins in the fun with some tunes of his own!
Karl Brown was a writer, pianist/keyboardist, and vocalist in the 1980s San Francisco band Automatic Pilot. In 2007 he started recording his own songs and posting them to the FuMP Sideshow and Mad Music. He has participated in various collaboritave projects including Hey Birthday Boy, Mr. Smith Goes To The Hospital, and the Art Paul Schlosser remix project. He has performed at the MarsCon Dementia Fan Showcase, and made his Main Stage debut in the 2014 FuMP Jukebox. Karl has also composed experimental electronic music, and works as a software developer.
At age 6, Alex Rasey became the youngest act to grace the stage of the MarsCon Dementia Track last year, and turns 7 on the first day on MarsCon 2019. The son of Carrie Dahlby, he released his first comedy music album, “Rocketships UFOs” at age four in at FuMPFeST 2016. His favorite bands are the Aquabats, They Might Be Giants, and he loves playing Pac-Man and MarioKart. Last year he performed his original song “Predators” assisted by Beth Kinderman onguitar, and it was described by one MarsCon regular & music expert as “the most outsider crazy thing I’ve ever seen here”.
DAVE STAGNER OF THE GERNSBACK CONTINUUM
The latest musical project by member of the Feng Shui Ninjas, Dave Stagner, also features Justin Hartley, and Dennis Maddix. Blurring the lines between rock, folk, and common sense, they bring the bizarre when they rock the MarsCon stage.
This is Angela Brett’s first time performing on the MarsCon stage, after having performed her funny songs at Open Mic events across the world and on JoCo Cruise Crazy!
OTHER FOLKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEMENTIA TRACK:
Current co-host of “The Flopcast” the always effervescent ‘Kornflake’ adds to the geek fitness events happening 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!
Jered Perez is a former DJ on Dementia Radio, and the creator of “Dementia Smackdown Wrestling”. He makes the awesome pro-wrestling 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). He is also this year’s head of our “Table 27” Merch Table located just outside the dealer room.
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.
DJ BYRON & CHRIS PETERSON
Byron & Chris man the live streaming booth in the back of the main room for DEMENTIA RADIO . ORG, streaming the concerts all weekend, recording them for next year’s Fund Raiser, and making witty commentary between the concerts.
A Table 27 volunteer for his 4th year, and a general helper to the Dementia Track.