MARSCON 2022’s COMEDY MUSIC CONCERT ACTS:
Kyle A. Carrozza, aka “TV’s Kyle” created an awesome hilarious animated program for Cartoon Network, “Mighty MagiSwords”, as well voicing the male lead Prohyas and MANY other characters on the show. Since then he has been pitching new cartoon shows to various networks and streaming services, and worked as a Storyboard Artist on Hulu’s revival of “Animaniacs” and Apple TV’s “The Snoopy Show”.
Lindsay Smith, also known as “Lindzilla” (Kyle’s dinosaur-lifemate) also worked on “Mighty Magiswords” as a character designer and voice actor, and is currently the Co-Art Director on the popular Hulu animated series “Solar Opposites”. She also blows a mean baritone sax!
When the most adorable couple in Burbank aren’t making cartoons, they make excellent catchy fun comedy music together! They have had dozens of songs played on “The Dr. Demento Show” with many making the monthly Top Ten countdowns, and have been nominated for multiple Logan Awards over the past decade. In 2011, after they attended MarsCon for the first time, they vowed never to miss one ever, and they haven’t. Their live shows at MarsCon are always a highlight, bringing us their welcoming presence, big smiles and epic poses, and whenever necessary they will scream “Shut up, Ian!!!” We at the MarsCon Comedy Music Track are very happy to have them as our 2022 Music Guests Of Honor.
Track Chair Luke Ski also worked as a storyboarder and voice actor on “Mighty MagiSwords”, which by the way is available to watch in its entirety on Hulu and HBOmax! That’s 88 episodes, just waiting to be binge watched! What are you waiting for?
Kyle 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.
By day, Chris is a professional voice-over artist whose voice can be heard in commercials for Kaopectate and Menards. He also is a huge part of sketch comedy / music groups Cirque du So What?, BS de Resistance, The Suffolk & Goode Players, and the Tambourine People. But when the moon is full, he gets out the vacuum cleaner and scares his cat into submission! He has won 2 Logan Awards for his songs “Letter From A Cruise Ship” and “Amazon Drone”, 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.
Insane Ian is a comedian/writer who has been in several bands and loves video games. He plays them, he reviews them, he collects them, he even writes comedy songs about video games. He’s gone so far as to combine reviews and comedy songs into his video game “Reviewsicals” on YouTube. Just one look at Ian’s Bandcamp page makes it obvious that Insane Ian is a comedy music juggernaut that cannot be stopped. 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’s here to bring his unique sound to anyone who won’t tell him to shut up… and even a few that will.
Nobody knows where New Orleans-based Bad Beth and Beyond came from, but she first began offending people in 2011 with her lecherous songs and refusal to play a proper guitar. She is best known for her love song “Show Me On the Doll,” which was mentioned in the novel Robert Asprin’s Dragons Run by Jody Lynn Nye (in which an entire chapter takes place at one of her shows). The late eccentric producer Kim Fowley also featured her in his music video “Supernatural Bar-B-Q.” Her album 2-Deep has been known to get hundreds of listeners in trouble at work. Hobbies include setting things on fire and taunting a fellow musician who bears a striking resemblance to her.
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 three times, and is also a FOUR-TIME Logan Award winner spanning all 3 categories. 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, fam).
Steve Goodie is, in all modesty and candor, the genius of our age. Comedian, writer, singer, director and producer, Steve was a founding member of Monty Python and has written scripts for Sid Caesar, Woody Allen, Mahatma Gandhi, Matt Groening, and Queen Elizabeth (for which he was knighted in 1972 at the unprecedented age of six). The Beatles credit much of their fame to his early studio work, during which he developed their recording sound with his apprentice, George Martin. His film scores and theatre work need no introduction, and he became a household word with his ground-breaking recording of The Biggest Belch In The History Of Man. It is a tribute to his humility that, on the suggestion of his long-time fan and sometime paramour Liz Taylor, he entered the Federal Witness Protection Program and began a new career, “to level the playing field,” as he put it, “for the other idiots trying to make it in Show Business.”
Ross Childs has been honing his comedically musical abilities for the better part of a decade. Since moving to Chicago in 2013, he has studied at Second City, iO Chicago, The Annoyance, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. He has had the privilege of performing his music to laugh-infected audiences all over the country, including Detroit, Dallas, and Hartford, Connecticut in 2019 alone. Evidence of his work can be found all over the webz, like on youtube, instagram, soundcloud, spotify, iTunes, as well as several blogs! He has a TikTok account with over 350,000 followers where he makes hilarious short travel-logues (BENCHES!). His ultimate goal (besides playing one of his songs on Conan) is to create a catalogue of Tall Tales and ComedicFolk Ballads for the Modern Age. New Legends that deserve to have their stories told. If you have any ideas for strange creatures, daring feats, or larger-than-life individuals, please send him a message and a dialogue WILL BE CREATED! Ross enjoys the occasional rare steak, dachshund puppies, and hates pears. Like HATES hates them. Thinks they’re chalky.
MeowMeme is the comedy music alter ego of Alexandria Rasey, age 10, daughter of comedy musician Carrie Dahlby, and has attended the MarsCon Comedy Music Track every year following her birth year. She has performed during the FuMP Jukebox and at the Comedy Music Smackdown in years past, and this year she and her new persona are getting a 15 minute concert of her own to perform her own comedy music to kick off our Sunday concert block. Her first song, done with Carrie Dahlby and darkNES of the Gothsicles, “Woodland Creatures”, can be heard at the FuMP dot com.
Elizabeth Thompson and Sharla Stemski are “Versatile Fluff”! They have performed during the FuMP Jukebox and at the Comedy Music Smackdown in years past, and they have returned to perform their own concert this year! Their bio says: We are an Internet Meme Cover Band. We harmonize about nerdy things over acoustic guitar or funky Bass VI. We convert memes and video game music into song. We drag pop music and Disney tunes kicking and screaming into the baritone range.
At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared “the great Luke Ski” (a former MarsCon Music Guest Of Honor) 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 Comedy Music Track since it’s inception, now in its 19th 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 being a cannabis product delivery boy, and trying to make more new comedy songs when he has the time and money to do so.
OTHER FOLKS INVOLVED WITH THE MARSCON COMEDY MUSIC TRACK:
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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!
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!
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.
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, and a 30-minute concert in 2019!
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. She was the Music Guest Of Honor at CapriCon 2019 in Chicago.
Byron Lee & Chris Peterson man the live streaming booth in the back of the Main Stage room for DEMENTIA RADIO dot 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!