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My latest nerdy song parody tribute "The Twilight Zone" now has a video for it up on my YouTube page ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fpxhQgmqy0 )! It's primarily made from clips from the classic TV show and the 1983 movie, but I make some appearances in it as well! Please check it out, share it with your friends online, and let us know how much you like it by commenting to this specific thread in the Official Dr. Demento Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/drdemento/permalink/813568592048508/

As well as being on the FuMP, I have now also put the song on my Bandcamp page:
http://lukeski.bandcamp.com/track/the-twilight-zone

Greatest Hits Volume 2 - cover 400

This is a two album set covering the second part of my career, full of my most popular tracks from my 6th through 9th CDs which are all out of print. It has 32 tracks, including "Grease Wars", "You Don't Know Jack", "Battlestar Rhapsody", "BACON!", "My Favorite Part", "Vader Boy", "Too Much Stuff", and many more that made Dr. Demento's Funny Five and year-end countdowns. It's over 2 1/2 hours of music, available as a 2-CD set with instant download for $14.99 plus shipping, or you can just get the download version for $14.99. It has liner notes written by Carrie Dahlby and ShoEboX of Worm Quartet, and all the tracks were remastered by Chris Mezzolesta. You can get it now at my Bandcamp page:

http://lukeski.bandcamp.com/album/greatest-hits-volume-2-2004-2009

A note to my hard-core existing fanbase: None of the songs on this collection were "redone" like I did for "Fanboy" and "Gowron" on Volume 1, and there are no live tracks on this album. The point being, if you already own my out-of-print albums "unCONVENTIONal", "BACONspiracy!", "Target: Audience", and "Too Much Stuff", then there's no real reason you'd need to own this collection. This collection was made to replace the 8 CDs which I clearanced out during my 'Going Out Of Print' sale to sell at my live shows. Of course, if you're the type of fan-person who must own every release by your favorite acts, you're welcome to buy it. I just wanted to be upfront about the lack of new content to you all before you head over to my Bandcamp page.

Kermit - I made myself a promise

I don’t know what exactly this tumblr is going to be just yet, but one thing I know for sure that I want to do with it is create some inspirational images for myself and share them all with you. So, that’s what this image is, the first of what I will assume will be many. So to whoever you all are, thanks for checking out my tumblr, and I hope you’ll derive some enjoyment from what I post here in the future.

http://thegreatlukeski.tumblr.com

ABBY NORMAL 400

When I first met Devo Spice in June of 1998, I purchased all of the cassette albums released up to that point by his comedy rap group "Sudden Death". One of them, the album "Brain Dead" released in 1995, had a brilliant up-tempo nonsense song on it which prominently featured an opening sound bite of one of my favorite scenes from "Young Frankenstein", as well as a repeated sample during the chorus taken from "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Polkas On 45". It remains to this day one of my all-time favorite Sudden Death / Devo Spice songs. Every year the comedy music track at MarsCon concludes with a concert in which all the artists of the weekend get back up on stage one more time and perform a cover of one of their favorite comedy songs. This year, I decided to finally tackle that song, "Abby Normal", featuring a cavalcade of many of my favorite old cartoon & celebrity impressions from songs from my past. That's all I've got to to say, so 'sed-a-give' it a listen!

Music by Jace McClain of Nuclear Bubble Wrap
"Clarinet Polka" by Bob Emmet of Project Sisyphus

To hear the original version of "Abby Normal" by Sudden Death, check it out on Devo Spice's Bandcamp page.

"ABBY NORMAL"
A Luke Ski cover of a Devo Spice classic!
Download the free MP3 now at the FuMP!
http://www.thefump.com

Recorded shortly after Kevin's appearance on the FuMPcast covering my song "Orko, Slimer, Wicket, & Snarf" which featured a lengthy discussion of 80's TV, movie, & cartoon mascots & creatures, I recorded this episode of the Flopcast in which we discuss real-life characters of the 80's (Pee Wee Herman, Mr. T., etc.). Kevin banked this episode so he could post it MarsCon weekend, so here it is in all it's rad gnarly glory.

The Flopcast: Episode 148 - Kevin & Luke Don't Talk About Toons
http://flopcast.net/148.html

And here's a link to my recent appearance on the Earth Station One podcast, where I took the challenge of sitting in the Geek Seat!
http://esopodcast.com/earth-station-one-episode-254/

For more "Luke Ski appears on other people's podcasts" links, go to this page at MarsConDementia.com:
http://marscondementia.com/marscon-2015-video-and-podcast-coverage-round-up/

If you'd like to see videos of MarsCon 2015's Opening Ceremonies sketch written & starring Luke Ski, the Dementia Smackdown Wrestling battle royal featuring and with commentary by Luke Ski, and a linked list of all the podcasts recorded at or covering MarsCon 2015, go to this page at MarsConDementia.com:
http://marscondementia.com/marscon-2015-video-and-podcast-coverage-round-up/

  • LUKE & CARRIE'S BAD RAPPORT

Episode #116 – Moonlight Over Winfield And Burbank
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When you go 6 weeks without posting an episode because it’s the busiest time of your year, that’s how you end up with a 4-HOUR-LONG EPISODE. So just think of this as 3 episodes smushed together, and let’s get down to business, shall we?

A great amount of this episode is coverage of the MarsCon 2015 Dementia Track, featuring the great Luke Ski, Sara Trice, Tony Goldmark, Devo Spice, ShoEboX of Worm Quartet, Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad, TV’s Kyle, Lindsay Carrozza, Kevin Eldridge & Kornflake of the Flopcast, and in a later-at-home recap, Carrie Dahlby.

The middle segment of this episode was taken from Episode #38 of my other podcast “Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons”, in which Kyle Carrozza explains the series of events that resulted in it coming to pass that I, Luke Ski, am heading out to live on he & Lindsay’s couch in Burbank, California for at least 4 to 6 months while I work on the creative team producing Kyle’s new cartoon show “Mighty MagiSwords” for Cartoon Network. Yes, for real. I am going to go work for, and at, Cartoon Network. Take a moment to yourself to freak out about this, as I do virtually every second of my life since I found out the news. (If you already heard this segment on “Toons”, then skip ahead 21 minutes.) We also get Carrie’s reaction to the news that I am leaving town, not sure if this cross-country move is going to be temporary or permanent, and its potential effect on everyone’s favorite lunar-obsessed newly 3-year-old kiddo, Alex.

This episode’s comedy tracks are by Raymond & Scum, Moxy Fruvous, Schaffer The Darklord, Sponge Awareness Foundation, TV’s Kyle featuring Lindsay Carrozza, Rob Paravonian, the great Luke Ski, Mikey Mason, Ookla The Mok, Family Guy, Patton Oswalt, Henry Phillips, Trevor Moore, Whitney Avalon featuring Sarah Michelle Gellar,Tom ‘T-Bone’ Stankus, The Nick Atoms, Danger Doom, Monty Python’s Spamalot, andTegan & Sara featuring the Lonely Island live at the 2015 Oscars.

We don’t know how frequently new episodes of “Bad Rapport” will come out after this one, but we do know we want the show to continue, even if it becomes an only-once-in-a-while podcast. In any case, thanks for listening, and thanks for caring. Please leave us some comments, and we’ll talk to you all in not-too-many-moons from now. Episode length: 4:00:00 Special thanks to Lindsay Carrozza for this episode’s image art.

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  • KYLE & LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS

Episode #37 - Sculpted
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This week, Kyle and Luke wax redonkulous about Steven Universe, Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water, Ducktales, Luke’s latest Tale of Ignorance From the Caricature Stand, and… uhh… something called Mighty Magiswords? I dunno. Also, since it’s episode 37, we talk about Clerks the Animated Series! Super long to make up for the last episode!

Episode #38 - Luke Fails Upward
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This week, Kyle and Luke talk about Hotel Transylvania 2, Popeye, and Cinderella. We give a brief recap of Marscon 2015 and… LUKE GOES HOLLYWOOD?!

Our website is http://www.kyleandluke.com , and please leave us
COMMENTS on our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/kyleandluke
Subscribe to our RSS feed at http://kyleandluke.libsyn.com/rss iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kyle-luke-talk-about-toons/id725309162?i=169130669

 

  • THE FUNNY MUSIC PODCAST

Devo Spice and Luke Ski interview the artists who posted songs at the FuMP dot com over the past week. Recent episodes include:

Episode #244: Bonecage
Episode #245: TV's Kyle, Devo Spice, & Mad Mike Beucler
Episode #246: Seamonkey, darkNES of The Gothsicles, Steve Goodie, & Drachonus
Episode #247: the great Luke Ski and Beth Kinderman
In episode 247, Luke Ski discusses the song "Abby Normal" with Devo Spice!

Webpage: http://www.thefump.com/podcast.php
RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/funnymusic

The FuMPcast is recorded live on Thursday nights at 9:00 pm CST on Dementia Radio. To listen live, just take whatever audio program you use to listen to streaming audio online (WinAmp, iTunes, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, etc.) and have it play the following address: http://dementiaradio.org:8027 . If you need more help tuning in, visit the Dementia Radio website, http://dementiaradio.org . Dementia Radio can also be heard on Roku.

Those of you who have been paying attention to the goings-on of the comedy music acts of the Funny Music Project (The FuMP) know about the “secret project” that TV’s Kyle has been working on over the past year, which has recently become much less secret. Kyle Carrozza (my co-host on the podcast “Kyle and Luke Talk About Toons”) has been working in the animation industry for many years on TV shows such as “Fish Hooks”, “Fanboy & Chum-Chum”, and was a layout artist for the “Spongebob” movie currently in theaters. In the spring of 2013, Kyle got a development deal at Cartoon Network to develop a new show he created, which will be the first program of the new Cartoon Network Studios digital platform, meaning it’s content they are creating specifically for the internet, streaming, tablets, phones, etc.. Here’s a quote from a February 19th article reporting on Cartoon Network’s official announcement of forthcoming programming:

Mighty Magiswords”: From Kyle Carrozza comes Cartoon Network Studios first original digital series about a brother and sister team of “Warriors for Hire,” who go on hilarious adventures and crazy quests to collect magical swords.

Meet Prohyas and Vambre, the “Warriors For Hire”!

Kyle and his crew at CN have already created content which will be released later this year, and they have just begun working on what will officially be Season One of “Mighty Magiswords” this week, to debut before the end of 2015.

Back in November 2014, Kyle was asked by his superiors at CN who he’d like to have writing episodes of “Mighty Magiswords”, and one of the people Kyle told them he wanted was me. Having seen the MM content created up til then when Sara and I went to L.A. for Kyle & Lindsay’s wedding, I was very excited and chock full of potential story ideas. I shared about 20 ideas with Kyle, he narrowed it down to 5, and I had some phone meetings with his boss at CN, who liked my ideas, and picked out the one he liked best to eventually develop into an episode of the show. Contracts were exchanged and signed, and since then I have been waiting for things to get to the point where it’s time for me to take the next step in the writing and development process for that potential episode.

Of course, I not only can write funny things, I can also draw funny things, and Kyle wanted to see what I could do in regards to contributing to the show beyond writing potential episodes from my home in Chicagoland. So about that same time, Kyle gave me an assignment. He wanted me to write and storyboard a short scene, just the beginning of a story where the “Warriors For Hire” get hired to do a task by someone, end of scene. I misunderstood his instructions. I thought he wanted me to write and storyboard an entire story of the Warriors getting hired and then going on and completing their mission. I came up with a whole new story (which I hadn’t pitched to Kyle in the previous batch of ideas) and drew 200 panels with detailed notes. Then, being the overachiever that I am and wanting to impress Kyle, I recorded myself reading all the lines in character, added sound effects and some rudimentary music, scanned all the images, and edited together a rough video animatic of the story, to better get across the timing and delivery of the jokes. I emailed the MP4 of the animatic and a PDF of the 67 page storyboard to Kyle. His response was, “Luke, you incredible weirdo”.

Again, the point of this extra effort was to impress Kyle. Well, apparently it worked, because before the day was over, Kyle showed this ‘practice’ storyboard/rough animatic to his bosses at Cartoon Network. And they liked it. A lot. So much so, that over the months that followed, my name was being brought up frequently in their discussions of forming the MM production team. So to recap, I impressed the Hell out of some creative executives at Cartoon Network as a byproduct of misinterpreting Kyle’s practice storyboard instructions. Kyle likes to call this story “Luke Fails Upward”.

The end result of all this, and of Kyle’s unwavering support and belief in my abilities as a writer and cartoonist is as follows: I have been offered a position as a Storyboard Revisionist on the staff of “Mighty Magiswords” Season One at Cartoon Network in Burbank, California. What this job entails is me taking existing storyboards, referring to the network’s notes made on those storyboards, and making changes based on those notes. There are other skills I will be learning there as well, but that’s the main part of what I’ll be doing.

I, LUKE SIENKOWSKI, AM GOING TO WORK AT CARTOON NETWORK.

On Tuesday, March 24th, I will climb into my new vehicle, a 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV, and make the 3 day drive out to Burbank, CA. I start work on Monday, March 30th. I will spend the following 4 to 6 months living on Kyle & Lindsay’s couch, going to work 5 days a week at Cartoon Network with them (yes, Lindsay is on the staff too, as a character designer). I may end up trying to find my own place to live once I start getting paid. Aside from being a Storyboard Revisionist and Writer on “Mighty Magiswords”, I am also hoping to break into doing voice work for animation.

Those of you who know me (or at least have heard my song “Neurotica”) can undoubtedly deduce that internally I am freaking out about all of this, from both the positive and negative sides of things. I don’t want to be away from my awesome wife Sara, “my favorite part”, for months on end. I’m going to miss Carrie, Alex, and all my Chicago friends so much. And I really don’t like the idea of not having my Mom and my siblings within a day’s car drive from me. Despite all of that, there’s no way in Hell I’m not going to do this.

A long time ago, I made myself a promise. My whole childhood and adolescence, my biggest dream was to someday work in comedy animation. A kid or teenager doesn’t spend hours upon end for multiple days during the summer making animated movies with his mother’s 8mm film camera on a whim. That kid is ambitious and determined to make his dreams come true. I went to a fine arts college because they told me they would teach me what I needed to make that a reality. They lied. About the same time their bait-and-switch had fully sunk in on me, I was given the gift of being alerted to the existence of “The Dr. Demento Show” on the local Kansas City airwaves. With that, much like the urban legends surrounding Walt Disney, I cryogenically froze my dreams of working in comedy animation, and turned my laser focus to a new goal: create comedy songs of a high enough quality that I might get one played on “The Dr. Demento Show” once. If any of you reading this don’t know how that venture turned out for me, well, go read my bio page at the FuMP.

So here I am, 20 years later, thawing out a dream that I never thought would become real. I get to be part of a team creating an awesome hilarious cartoon show that will be seen by thousands all over the world. And if things go well, I might get to continue doing it, for years to come. And get paid for it too.

I want to thank Sara for telling me back in October that I should ask Kyle if there would be any openings I could apply for on his show, and for being the most loving, supportive, understanding wife ever. I want to thank Kyle & Lindsay for when I asked them about it, responding with ‘we were already going to insist that you do, and let you live on our couch’. And I want to thank the powers that be at Cartoon Network who are taking a chance on me based on Kyle’s word and the stuff I’ve submitted to them so far (both on purpose and accidentally).

So there you have it folks. I’m going to “Hollywood”. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll run into Orson Welles and he’ll give me one of those standard ‘rich and famous’ contracts I’ve heard so much about in the movies. Until then, I will be happy to help Kyle Carrozza make the awesomest funniest show this side of a mouse-click, and look forward to the day I can be with Sara and all my Midwest family and friends again.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you all with me & TV’s Kyle at FuMPFeST 2015.

Luke Ski,

caricature artist storyboard revisionist / writer at Cartoon Network

MarsCon 2015′s theme  is “Heroes and Wizards and Fae, Oh My!” So, can you name all the Dementia Track participants and the Wizard Of Oz characters they represent? For a closer look at the individual drawings, go to the “Performers” page:

MarsCon 2015 cartoon t-shirt web 600

To order your T-shirt through Spreadshirt, just follow this link:http://dementiaradio.spreadshirt.com

We also now have a full-color version of our logo t-shirt:

MarsCon Dementia Track color logo t-shirt web

Please note also that nobody (besides Spreadshirt) is making any money off of these shirts. They are not a part of the Dementia Track Fund Raiser, they are just being made because the fans wanted nifty shirts to wear. Special thanks also to “Blasted Bill” Putt  for setting up the shirts for us on the Dementia Radio Spreadshirt account. Artwork by Lindsay Carrozza, Kyle Carrozza, & Luke Sienkowski.

I'd like to apologize for not getting this year's MarsCon Dementia Track cartoon t-shirt done any earlier than now. I have been multitasking like crazy for the past month, mostly working on MarsCon-related things. The good news is, it is up for sale now, the bad news is, if you want to have one to wear at MarsCon this year, you'll need to ORDER IT RIGHT NOW, or at least in the next couple of days (I recommend by February 18th at the latest). Again, I apologize for the delay, and I hope you all will pick up the cartoon shirt, as well as the new color MDT logo t-shirt also available at the Dementia Radio Spreadhirt page.