NOTE: THIS IS LAST YEAR’S INFORMATION. We will be updating it as soon as we have this year’s information finalized. Thanks for your patience. ~ Luke Ski
MARSCON 2017’s MAIN STAGE ACTS:
Comedy & Music Guest Of Honor
You’ve seen Judy Tenuta appear in shows from The Vagina Monologues to Menopause the Musical. Her stand-up specials have aired on Showtime, HBO, and Lifetime. Judy was featured as the national spokesperson for a series of Diet Dr. Pepper commercials. In September 2016, Judy was a guest voice actor on the TV series premiere of Cartoon Network’s Mighty MagiSwords, created by TV’s Kyle, in an episode storyboarded by Luke Ski.
The self-described “Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite Of The Accordion” has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular television shows as The View, Late Night With David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Comics Unleashed. Judy’s stand-up routine is appropriately described as outrageous, mind-blowing comedy. She recently became an ordained minister and converts her audiences to her signature religion, “Judyism”. A strong advocate for gays, children, and women’s issues, the fun-loving feminist preaches that all women should be worshipped as Love Goddesses!
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. Last year in a surprise performance, she sang lead vocal in Luke Ski’s “Mighty MagiSwords” tribute track “I’m Vambre Warrior” in costume as Vambre. It was #6 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 of 2016!
Former MarsCon Room Party Judge and known alcohol ingestor Mikey Mason (“She Don’t Like Firefly”, “Best Game Ever”) is a full-time standup comedian and singer/songwriter whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He is also a proud sponsor & performer at the Can’t Stop the Serenity charity events. Mikey’s albums include “Dodecahedron”, “Dangerous Gifts”, “Barbarian Jetpack”, and “Impotent Nerd Rage”, which should be for sale at Table 27.
Marc With A C is the musical identity of MarsCon first-timer Marc Sirdoreus. He was born at a very young age. Marc makes pop music in small, DIY ways, cobbling together any available instruments and recording gear to capture the excitement of the moment – but only using enough sound to serve the song itself. To date, there have been twelve full-length Marc With a C albums, as well as countless EP’s and online-only releases. Marc is a prolific songwriter that rarely tours. Folks can expect oodles of sarcasm, sweaty pop workouts, singalongs and stories that sometimes have a point.
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 nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show. He is a five-time Logan Award nominee, and hosts the comedy music podcasts “Manic Mondays” (which just hit its 500th Episode) and “the FuMPcast” along with Luke Ski. His Doctor Who concept album “I Am The Doctor” has 11 tracks about each of the 11 Doctors (pre-Capaldi), and his latest CD is titled “Herp Derp, Ya Don’t Sterp”.
By day, Chris is a professional voice-over artist whose voice can be heard in commercials for Kaopectate and Menards. But when the moon is full, he gets out the vacuum cleaner and scares his cat into submission! 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, but mostly he just yells about tile and honey mustard.
Just one look at his Bandcamp page makes it obvious that Insane Ian is a comedy music juggernaut that cannot be stopped. 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. He has come a long way from being the guy who rode a bus 28 hours just to come to MarsCon to perform for 8 minutes on the Main Stage. You can get “Booboobear Cankersore” or whatever I just said, on his latest release “Insane Ian’s Greatest Hit(s)”.
By day, Kyle Carrozza works at Cartoon Network as the creator and lead voice actor of your new favorite cartoon “Mighty MagiSwords”, but by late-afternoon/early-evening he becomes TV’s Kyle, churning out quirky, catchy, original comedy tunes for all to enjoy! In 2014 he married his long-time girlfriend and frequent on-stage vocalist / dinosaur-outfit-wearer, Lindsay Smith, aka LINDZILLA, who also works on “Mighty MagiSwords” as a character designer! He also co-hosts the bi-monthly animation podcast “Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons” with the great Luke Ski!
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 15 years in a row, including four of them at #1. Luke Ski currently works as a storyboarder, writer, and voice-over artist at Cartoon Network on “MIGHTY MAGISWORDS” , created by TV’s Kyle. Luke has been running the MarsCon Dementia Track since it’s beginnings in 2004, and pretty much knows every person who attends it personally by now, making writing up a descriptive blurb about himself for this website virtually pointless. Anyway, hi. I like bacon. Buy my albums and watch “Mighty MagiSwords”.
The Library Bards transform Top 40 songs into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place. The Library Bards have become a staple in the new Comic and Pop Culture Convention scene. Traveling the United States, 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) bring life to the main stages of Cosplay Contests, Panels, and Concert performances. “These two are awesome-sauce and their hilarious concert is not to be missed.” ~ Luke Ski
THE PERFORMERS OF THE “FuMP JUKEBOX” CONCERT:
The Feng Shui Ninjas are Justin Hartley, Dave Stagner, John Kentner, and Tamara Anne, and they have come to rearrange the furniture between your ears with their music. Blurring the lines between rock, folk, and common sense, they bring the bizarre when they rock the MarsCon stage.
BETH KINDERMAN & THE PLAYER CHARACTERS
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, Nikki Walker, and the rest of the PCs 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!
StarF is a nerdcore rapper who blends a mixture of poetics and edgy humor into everything he produces. He’s part of the infamous Scrub Club Crew, and has performed at such events as PenguiCon, Nerdapalooza, Orlando Nerd fest, and more! He’s a Minneapolis local, and this is his first time attending MarsCon!
Also Minneapolis locals, Eric and Jen Distad have been making music together for many years, but in 2014 decided that they really wanted to write fun songs about the geeky things they love – Sci Fi, Fantasy, Board Games, Video Games, Movies… and so here we are, ready to make you smile!
OTHER FOLKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEMENTIA TRACK:
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).
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.
Earl Luckes portrayed the bass-playing, wise-cracking robot Wyngarde in the Twin Cities fandom rock band “The Nick Atoms” (former MarsCon Guests Of Honor). He helped Luke Ski establish the Dementia Track at MarsCon.
Jared Ringold is a member of the comedy band Possible Oscar, a core member of the FuMP, and one of the co-hosts of the Podcast “The Scope”. Indeed.