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:

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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:

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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.

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Join the new for-realsies actually factually OFFICIAL DR. DEMENTO FACEBOOK GROUP! This is group is moderated by members of the FuMP, and Dr. Demento himself will be there interacting with fans and looking for what classics and new hits of comedy music the fans are talking about to play on his weekly internet show!
Link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/drdemento

 

MarsCon_logo_vectorThe MarsCon 2015 Dementia Track Fund Raiser has been stalled out at 76% for over 2 weeks! Please help us hit our goal by ordering your own copy of this year's Fund Raiser album today!

Once again, I've compiled almost 4 hours of highlights from MarsCon 2014's Main Stage comedy music concerts and the Dementia Fan Showcase onto a 3-CD set and as a downloadable MP3 album. The funds raised by these albums will go towards paying for the hotel rooms of the non-Guest-Of-Honor MarsCon 2015 Dementia Track performers.

Buy the 3-CD set with instant MP3 download for $30 here:
http://marscondementia.com/product/marscon-2015-dementia-track-fund-raiser-3-cd-set-2/

Buy the MP3 download only version for $20 here:
http://marscondementia.com/product/marscon-2015-dementia-track-fund-raiser-3-cd-set/

FREE 40-MINUTE PREVIEW:
http://badrapport.com/2015/01/13/episode-114-5-marscon-2015-dementia-track-fund-raiser-preview/

We do intend to put all the previous year's albums up in the recently reconfigured Shop page. As soon as they are up in there, we will let everybody know.

Promos! Promos! Promos!

Our initial goal for this year's Fund Raiser is $800! Please help us hit that goal and spread the word about the awesomeness of MarsCon by sharing the following promotional video & audio (and the free preview mentioned above) on your social media. Podcasters, please play some or all of these audio promos on your shows! We really appreciate your support!

Video ad on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKuKm5raMNk

Audio ads for podcasters & streaming audio & radio DJs:
Long commercial (5:21): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon15adLONG
Short commercial #1 (0:52): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon15adSHORT1
Short commercial #2 (1:10): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon15adSHORT2

  • LUKE & CARRIE'S BAD RAPPORT

Episode #115 - Frozen Vs. Hot SauceLCBR115

The first episode of 2015 begins with a short segment recorded in early January with a special appearance by“Blasted Bill” Putt of the Pod Of Destiny! Next are a couple of segments recorded on Luke’s birthday in mid-January, the latter of which features him talking about his latest song “The Twilight Zone”, and all of which feature Alex being adorable as usual. The show wraps up on Skype on February 1st, with Luke telling Carrie all about his recent visit to Las Vegas with his wife Sara and their friends Matt and Tara.

This episode’s comedy & music tracks are by Heywood Banks, Rathergood.com, the great Luke Ski, Sesame Street, Steve Martin, Ookla The Mok, Veronique Chevalier featuring TV’s Kyle, and MarsCon 2015′s Music Guest Of Honor Rob Paravonian! Speaking of MarsCon, please don’t forget about the MarsCon 2015 Dementia Track Fund Raiser album. Please pick up a copy on MP3 or CD with MP3 today and help pay for the hotel rooms for our non-Guest-of-Honor acts! Thanks, and I hope you all enjoy the show while you’re trapped inside your houses buried in snow. Episode length: 1:36:48

Listen, download, subscribe, leave COMMENTS @ http://badrapport.com
You can leave a VOICE MESSAGE for us by dialing (916)-LUKE-SKI
You can email us at badrapport@gmail.com
You can follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/badrapport
You can follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/badrapport
RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LukeCarriesBadRapport
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/luke-carries-bad-rapport/id335287593

  • KYLE & LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS

Episode #34 - Animated Features of 2014 Rundown
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This week, as is tradition, Kyle and Luke talk about all the animated features that came out in 2014!

Episode #35 - Creative Heavy Lifting
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This week, Kyle and Luke talk about Luke’s latest unfortunate art gig, your letters, and MarsCon!

Episode #36 - Music Special Because Oops
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This week, Kyle and Luke completely lost track of time and forgot to record an episode… SO HERE’S A MUSIC SPECIAL!

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 #239: the great Luke Ski talks about his latest song "The Twilight Zone"!
Also Steve Goodie and Jace McClain
Episode #240: Bonecage and Insane Ian
Episode #241: TV's Kyle
Episode #242: Mikey Mason
Episode #243: Steve Goodie and Insane Ian

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.

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As of this post, there are still 5 copies left of "What A Ripooff! Volume 3" and 17 copies left of "Luke & Carrie's Bad Rapport: Best Of 2012". I also found 2 more copies of "Too Much Stuff", so I put them back up for sale. Please help me clear out these last copies of these albums for a measly $4 each plus shipping at my Bandcamp page: http://lukeski.bandcamp.com Thanks! :)

As if being #1 on Dr. Demento's Funny 25 of 2014 wasn't enough, a bunch of other cool people from across the net gave me some excellent accolades for my comedy music of the past year!

Chad Walker of fandomania.com listed my album "4th Grade Talent Show" on his list of Favorite Geek Music of 2014! Thanks so much Chad! You can read that article here: http://fandomania.com/chads-favorite-geek-music-of-2014/

Over at the Mad Music Dementia Top 20 Revenge, me song "Fake Adult" also topped their 2014 year-end chart, and DJ Particle named me their artist of the year! Woo-Hoo! Thanks so much, Emi! Here are my contributions to their list:

THE MAD MUSIC DEMENTIA TOP 50 OF 2014:
#49 - Gonna Buy Me A Dog (Live at MarsCon 2013) - Power Salad, featuring Luke Ski
#41 - The FuMPet Show Theme
#37 - I Like Kyle - featuring Insane Ian, Power Salad, Dino-Mike, & Kornflake
#31 - The Elegant Captain Wayne
#24 - Angry Nerds - Insane Ian, featuring Luke Ski
#22 - Neurotica
#20 - Paywutchyalike - Devo Spice & the great Luke Ski
#19 - Will Frank: Geek At Law
#16 - Because of Bob
#10 - Scoob - featuring Carrie Dahlby
#6 - Surfin' Bird (Family Guy Remix) mash-up
#5 - The Legend of WildCard
#1 - Fake Adult
Listen to the show at: http://www.madmusic.com/playlist.aspx?Show=MMDT20_14-FY

I also made some appearances on Wacky Ben's year-end list:

WACKY BEN'S WACKY 30 OF 2014:
#30 - Surfin' Bird (Family Guy Remix) mash-up
#22 - Orko, Slimer, Wicket, & Snarf
#8 - Fake Adult
#5 - Angry Nerds - Insane Ian, featuring Luke Ski
Listen to the show at: http://www.madmusic.com/playlist.aspx?Show=BWR-14-12-30

Thanks Ben! :D 2014 was a great year! Hopefully good things are to come for 2015!

Twilight Zone promo 1 600Submitted for your approval... A song parody idea so obvious that no one even bothered to getting around to recording it and releasing it to the general public. Enter "the great Luke Ski", a man for whom the concept of 'too on-the-nose' is completely alien. Having waited 17 years to write a parody of Snoop Dogg about Snoopy, he comes to the conclusion that 33 years was long enough to wait for anybody else to finally record and release a version of the 80's classic new wave track "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring changing the lyrics so the song is finally actually about the 1959 classic TV series "The Twilight Zone". In doing so, he has turned himself into the feared 'thing that goes FuMP in the night', writing descriptions with puns that not only test the Outer Limits of your patience, but will also tarnish his Serling silver reputation. You're traveling through another dementia, that's the song posted up ahead, your next stop... well... you know.

"THE TWILIGHT ZONE"
by the great Luke Ski
Hear it and download the Free MP3 now at the Funny Music Project,
a.k.a. The FuMP: http://www.thefump.com

Music by Sci-Fried.
Additional organ and final mix by Jace McClain of Nuclear Bubble Wrap.

And if you'd like to REQUEST the song to be played on "The Dr. Demento Show", here's the link for that: http://drdemento.com/request , and be sure to include your email address, so it counts for the monthly Top Ten countdown. Thanks! :)

The MarsCon Dementia Track is proud to announce our Main Stage concert line-up for MarsCon 2015...

Music Guest of Honor
ROB PARAVONIAN!

Besides having several hits on "The Dr. Demento Show", Rob Paravonian is a standup comedian known the world over for his Pachelbel Rant and viral videos which have been viewed millions of times. Using music to get the laughs, Rob has opened for George Carlin and Lily Tomlin, has appeared on Comedy Central and VH1. Rob is an old friend to many of the participants of the MarsCon Dementia Track, and we are very happy to finally have him here as our Music Guest Of Honor.  Rob Paravonian's appearance is sponsored by Dementia Radio .org.

We're also happy to announce making their first ever appearance at MarsCon,
SPONGE AWARENESS FOUNDATION!

And making his first MarsCon appearance since 2005,
TONY GOLDMARK!

And returning favorites:
CARRIE DAHLBY, DEVO SPICE,
MIKEY MASON, WORM QUARTET,
THE GREAT LUKE SKI, TVs KYLE,
and POWER SALAD!

For more details, visit the 'Schedule' page, as well as 'Performers', and 'Other Events'.

MarsCon 2015 Dementia Track Fund Raiser 

Once again, I've compiled almost 4 hours of highlights from MarsCon 2014's Main Stage comedy music concerts and the Dementia Fan Showcase onto a 3-CD set and as a downloadable MP3 album. The funds raised by these albums will go towards paying for the hotel rooms of the non-Guest-Of-Honor MarsCon 2015 Dementia Track performers.

Buy the 3-CD set with instant MP3 download for $30 here:
http://marscondementia.com/product/marscon-2015-dementia-track-fund-raiser-3-cd-set-2/

Buy the MP3 download only version for $20 here:
http://marscondementia.com/product/marscon-2015-dementia-track-fund-raiser-3-cd-set/

FREE 40-MINUTE PREVIEW:
http://badrapport.com/2015/01/13/episode-114-5-marscon-2015-dementia-track-fund-raiser-preview/

Promos! Promos! Promos!

Our initial goal for this year's Fund Raiser is $800! Please help us hit that goal and spread the word about the awesomeness of MarsCon by sharing the following promotional video & audio (and the free preview mentioned above) on your social media. Podcasters, please play some or all of these audio promos on your shows! We really appreciate your support!

Video ad on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKuKm5raMNk

Audio ads for podcasters & streaming audio & radio DJs:
Long commercial (5:21): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon15adLONG
Short commercial #1 (0:52): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon15adSHORT1
Short commercial #2 (1:10): http://tinyurl.com/MarsCon15adSHORT2

Pre-Reg Prices go up after January 31st!

Currently pre-registration for a weekend badge for MarsCon 2015 is $50.00. The price will increase on February 1st, so get your badge before Midnight on January 31st, 2015, and get psyched for another awesome year of the MarsCon Dementia Track!

MARSCON 2015
Main convention website: http://marscon.com
Dementia Track website: http://marscondementia.com
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
March 6th, 7th, & 8th, 2015