OK, So There Is Actually One More Performance to Announce
All the musical-comedy guests have been announced, but we do have one more special treat for you. The Better Boobie Bureau will be on hand to present "Dare to Be Weird: A Weird Al Burlesque Tribute."
The Better Boobie Bureau is a local Chicago burlesque troop which does a variety of styles of burlesque and has worked up a Weird Al themed performance which we are happy to be able to present to you.
NOTE: This show is 18+ only, and will be a separate admission from the rest of the convention. ($5 for convention attendees. $10 for the general public.)
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The Logan Awards Now Accepting Nominations
Nominations for the 2018 Logan Awards are now open!! Nominate your favorite comedy songs from 2017.
Go to LoganAwards.com and click the nominations link at the top of the main page to add an entry. You will need to log in for this. Note: There is a limit of 5 nominations per person.
Nominations will close on March 18th. The awards will be handed out at the ceremony at FuMPFest 2018.
Final Three Performing Artists Announced
And finally, rounding out the line-up for FuMPFest 2018 we are proud to announce the following acts:
Matt Griffo brought the house down when he performed at FuMPFest in 2014 and 2015. Then he took a couple years off to perform at places like the LA Comedy Festival, The Laugh Factory Chicago, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, and other such places, but he and his piano will be back in 2018 for another round of hilarious songs.
Why have one performer when you can have eight? The Shanty Shipwreck Show is an 8-piece Renaissance singing group who will tickle your ears with lovely sea shanties filled with off-color jokes and double-entendres. The group is a staple of the Bristol Renaissance Faire and is sure to show up at FuMPFest fully loaded.
Witty Cindy is a musical-comedy duo from the windy city (eh? See what they did there?) made up of Sean Rickert and Joshua Draper who not only write comedy-music but have produced a series of comedy shorts for YouTube. Sean plays the keys, Josh plays the beats, and together they produce beautiful melodies with hilarious lyrics.
For more information please visit our Guests page.
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Steve Goodie and Marc Gunn Added to the Line-Up
2018's line-up just keeps on getting better! We are proud to announce that Marc Gunn and Steve Goodie will both be joining us at FuMPFest 2018.
Marc Gunn, affectionately known as the #Celtfather, plays Nerd Pub Songs. He fuses traditional Irish and Scottish songs with topics like Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly, Lord of the Rings, cats, and more.
Steve Goodie is a comedian, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Nashville Tennessee who has the distinct honor of having penned Nina Yankovic's favorite parody, "Dumbledore," a parody of her father's original song "Hardware Store."
For more information please visit our Guests page.
Bill Larkin and Mikey Mason Added to the Line-Up; Early Registration Extended
Bill Larkin does comedy at the piano. An accomplished actor and singer, Bill can be found at Chicago's own Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar and in various musical productions in and around Chicago, including playing the role of Max Bialystock in The Producers. He has appeared on Chicago P.D., Sirens, and Premium Blend, as well as productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Disney's Aladdin. Bill was a surprise guest at FuMPFest 2017 where he performed his hit song from The Dr. Demento Show "I'm Just Your Mom" during the "Live Podcasts" panel and we are thrilled that he will be joining us in 2018 for a full one-hour concert. For more information on him visit BillLarkin.com
Mikey Mason describes himself as a geek-comedy-rock god. He comes armed with infectiously hilarious original songs and a completely twisted world view. He may be best known for his hit song "Best Game Ever," a Gygax-family approved telling of one particularly rowdy game of Dungeons and Dragons. But we also implore you to check out "scoobyThulu" which is just what it sounds like. The Scooby Gang vs. Cthulhu in song form, which, sadly, has not been turned into a direct-to-DVD full-length movie yet. You can find more information about him at MikeyMason.com
Also, we have extended early registration pricing another month. Prices will now go up February 1, 2018, so get your registrations in now!
New Guest Announcement: Amanda Cohen
We are thrilled to welcome stand-up comic Amanda Cohen to FuMPFest. Amanda was the person who put together the AlCon conventions and we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first one—AlCon 98—at FuMPFest. AlCon 98 was where many of us first met each other in person for the first time so we wanted to look back and relive some of those memories. Amanda will be on hand to be a part of our special AlCon 98 Retrospective panel. She will also be hosting the 8th annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music.
FuMPFest 2018 Announced!
We are proud to announce that FuMPFest 2018 will be taking place May 25-27, 2018* at the Elk Grove Holiday Inn just outside Chicago. This is the same location we've been at for the past two years and we are thrilled to be back.
And our Guest of Honor for 2018 is none other than The Four Postmen!
Described by GQ Magazine as "The Seinfeldesque Monkees," The Four Postmen are a five-piece band that has been rocking The LA area since the early 90s. They have had numerous hits on the Dr. Demento Show including "The Chainsaw Juggler," (#1 song of 1999) "Let Me Make You Smile in Bed," (#1 song of 2001) "Rabbit Valley," "Coffee Girl," and many more.
But Wait, There's More!
The Library Bards
And there is much more to come, so stay tuned!
*We understand this is a change from the previously announced dates. If you pre-registered at FuMPFest 2017 and can not attend due to the date change please contact us. You have the option of having your registration applied to 2019's event, or having it refunded.
Thank You for a Wonderful Event!
FuMPFest 2017 was an amazing weekend. How amazing, you ask? It was so amazing that it happened a week and a half ago and I'm just now settling down enough to post this update! It was so amazing that Tim Cavanagh couldn't stay away and showed up just to say hi. In fact, it was so amazing that, if you can believe it, we made it through the entire weekend without anyone uttering the phrase "God hates comedy musicians!"
The concerts were fantastic, without exception. Newcomers Tom Tuerff and the Reformed Whores left with many new fans and Lauren Mayer completely blew the lid off the place during the FuMP Showcase. A personal highlight for me was getting to perform "Boot to the Head" live on stage with Peter Wildman. That was incredible.
This year we did something new and stupid, but it seemed to go over well so I guess we'll keep doing it: FuMPFest Bingo! We had free bingo cards for people to play along with all weekend, and as things happened players would cross them off the list. The squares included things like "Chris says 'TILE!'," "Luke plugs something," "Shoebox says 'nipples'," "Shut up, Ian!" and other things like that which are staples of our gatherings.
And here are the winners of this year's video contest:
We have already begun planning for 2018 so keep an eye on this web site for updates. In the mean time a big huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended, or helped plan or run FuMPFest. We couldn't have done it without you!
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FuMPFest App Updated for 2017
The FuMPFest mobile app has been updated for 2017. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. If you already have the app installed you can update it to get this year's schedule and other details. If you have not yet installed the app you can go to the stores from the links below.