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Parody and Comedy: Bands and Artists

  • Amazing Dixie Pricks! - Not sure we completely understand the joke... but they've got cool art and some fantastic stoner-rock music.

  • ApologetiX - Specializes in biblical parodies of rock hits from the 60s through the 90s and today.

  • Arf! Arf! Records - Purveyors of '60s garage/psych, incredibly strange music, and radically fresh sounds.

  • Bird and Macdonald - Biography and sound files.

  • Bobby "Boris" Picket - One-hit wonder known for ghoulish "The Monster Mash" in 1962 books appearances where he sings a medley of his hit, and offers autobiography and autographed merchandise for sale.

  • Cab City Combo - New York City Novelty Rock - Weird with a beard.

  • Dickie Goodman - Biographical article by Chuck Miller and discography of the artist who, with Bill Buchanan, developed break in or snippet songs. Includes a discography.

  • Dr. Demento Web Site - Includes news, games, contests, and playlists.

  • Jimi Homeless Experience - A street musician goes big time on the Internet. Photos of bedroll, shopping cart, a groupie and strangely familiar album cover - with kick-ass Jimi Hendrix parody cuts, lyrics, comics, videos and more. Created by Jon Kinyon

  • John Cougarstein - California song parodist and satirist offers press comments, photos, CDs for sale and downloadable MP3s, with the humor column The Cougarstein Ramble.

  • Kip Addotta - Back Stage - Home Page of the comedian who brought us "Wet Dream" a demented favorite.

  • Lou and Peter Berryman Home Page - The Berryman stomping grounds

  • Oscar Brand - The Official Home Page - Folk musician, songwriter, radio broadcaster, Broadway playwright, TV Host.

  • The Rutles - From one of the creators of Monte Python came this bizarre and completely entertaining (ie, hilarious) parody of The Beatles.

  • Spinal Tap - Official website of one of the loudest bands in the world.

  • The Sponge Awareness Foundation - SAF is a comedy rock band made famous by Dr. Demento. This official site, explains its origins, lists concert and recording information, and provides audio files of hard to get recordings.

  • Tenacious D . Com - Official site. Includes a tour diary, a chat room, FAQs, merchandise, a message board, pictures, and news items.

  • Tom Ball / Kenny Sultan - America's Good Time Blues Ambassadors

  • Washboard Jungle - Post-digital jug band from New York offers CDs "The Brown Album" and "The Wash Cycle" for sale, with history and links to band member sites.

  • Weird Al Yankovic - The latest news, photos, insider information, FAQs, biography, trivia, and merchandise. Maintained by Al's drummer, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz.





Early American examples include Stan Freberg, who lampooned artists such as Elvis Presley, Harry Belafonte and The Platters, and Sheb Wooley whose "Purple People Eater" reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart in 1958 and stayed there 6 weeks.

In Britain during the 1950s and early 1960s comedians such as Charlie Drake and The Goons frequently appeared in the top ten with humorous rock 'n' roll records—the latter, along with Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, were to influence the word-play of John Lennon's lyrics. Later British groups specialised in comedy: these included The Scaffold, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias. Later in Britain, in the 2000s, Mitch Benn released several studio albums that satirised current affairs using various musical genres, but mainly rock. His 2012 Breaking Strings album was critically acclaimed for its rock sensibility.

Some comedy rock artists, such as Frank Zappa, and more recently Tenacious D, 15 Minutes of Fame and Flight of the Conchords create songs with amusing, witty, and/or over-the-top lyrics. Other acts such as Dread Zeppelin and Beatallica rely on unusual or intentionally contrasting genre-mixing for comic effect, while bands like GWAR and Rosemary's Billygoat utilize outrageous costumes and over-the-top stage shows.

Dan Finnerty with his The Dan Band has made legendary comedy rock appearances in the Todd Phillips films Old School and The Hangover spoofing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Candy Shop", as well as his cult hit live show, which parodies female cover songs and was filmed as a one-hour TV special directed by McG and executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

Many mainstream rock and punk rock bands are known to incorporate comedy songs in their work: Dead Kennedys, The Offspring, Bloodhound Gang, Blink-182, Bowling For Soup, Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Primus, System of a Down, Green Jellÿ, Camper Van Beethoven, The Meatmen, The Mentors, They Might Be Giants, Psychostick, The Presidents of the United States of America, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Filipino bands Parokya ni Edgar and Halik Ni Gringo.

The pop rock and folk rock band The Turtles released a comedy rock album, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, in 1968, though the band had previously incorporated humor into their songs. Two of its members, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman later performed more explicitly comedic songs as Flo & Eddie with their own band and with Frank Zappa.

Rock has been the target of many spoofs and several spoof bands have gone on to have hit records, for example Spinal Tap in the U.S., and The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Bad News in the U.K. "Weird Al" Yankovic, now in his fourth decade of creating song parodies, has sold more than 12 million albums (more than any comedy act in history). The virtual band Dethklok is death metal spoof featured in the Adult Swim animated TV Show Metalocalypse and their album entitled The Dethalbum debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard Top 200 list. Other examples of metal mixed with comedy are Anthrax, Scatterbrain, M.O.D., Nuclear Assault, Exodus and the Polish band Acid Drinkers which set them apart from the doom and gloom of their peers,such as the likes of Slayer and Metallica.

The band Steel Panther, formerly known as Metal Skool, has become a fixture on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip with their spoof of 80s glam metaland their success has opened the doors for other Hollywood spoof bands such as The Jimi Homeless Experience.

Punk rock has made its contribution to the comedy rock ranks, with such bands as The Dead Milkmen, The Aquabats, The Radioactive Chicken Heads, Jilted John and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Sid Vicious's cover of "My Way" is comedy rock of a more sardonic sort.




Comedians: Music, Variety
  • Ainsworth, Laura - Details of the singer and comedian's theatrical revue, "My Ship Has Sailed". Schedule and booking information, reviews, sound clips and weblog.

  • Arieff, Rachel - Videos, music, biography, and schedule information for Los Angeles based performer.

  • Bad Plumbing - Birmingham, England-based musical comedy group self-described as "sad, old and decrepit, but mildly amusing." Rock and pop styles. Songs and clips, album ordering, and lyrics.

  • Bananas at Large - Wisconsin group that performs hunting-themed comedic songs.

  • Barber-Q Quartet, The - An Australian musical comedy act. Site offers song samples and booking details.

  • Barbutti, Pete - Musical comedian. Listed here are links to Real Audio jokes and video clips.

  • Barlaston, Miss Emily - Although this British Prima Donna Dissoluta is officially retired, she likes to keep active by giving charming recitals of opera, musical comedy and singalong. Biography, song list, previous engagements and photos.

  • Bedroom Philosopher, The - Contains discography, biography, photographs and weblog for art-folk humorist and musician Justin Heazlewood. Based in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Blackledge, Dave - Schedule, photos and lyrics.

  • Blair, Dennis - Music blended with standup comedy. Biography, tour dates, and album ordering.

  • Bob Rivers Comedy Group - Responsible for songs like "Cheney's Got a Gun" - parody of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" - brilliant!
  • Bowden, Richard - Texas based musical comedian. Includes biography, discography, and CDs.

  • Bullett and Gunn - Musical comedy duo based around Birmingham, Bath and Bristol. Upcoming shows, reviews, weblog and news.

  • Butler, Todd - Musical satirist from Canada. Includes biographies, audio samples, video clips, contact information and schedule.

  • Candy-Coated Crap Musicspace - Sample songs, biography and weblog.

  • Carmean, Craig - Nominated for Comedian of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. MP3, QuickTime 4, Real Audio and Video.

  • Carsonmania - Original comedy tunes from Leah Carson. Site features entire songs in RealMedia format, plus album info.

  • Chappell, Bill - Clean, funny stories and songs by Bill Chappell.

  • Comedy Roasts - Musical Comedy and Satire. Geoff Sirmai and David Fisher create personalised unique cabaret for any special occasion.

  • Corky and the Juice Pigs - Lyrics, sound clips, and information on this wacky Canadian trio.

  • Corned Beef Jerky Boyz - Political satire and comedy set to original music by this New Hampshire based band.

  • Cowards, The - Toronto, Canada based comedy duo mixing music and improvisational comedy. Includes biographies, upcoming shows, MP3s, video clips and contact information.

  • Cyril May's Musical Web - Australian novelty music. Samples and album ordering.

  • Dane, Ari - Photos, biography, reviews and audio clips of original songs.

  • Davis, Scott - Scott Davis is best friends with Mark Lowry and does music/comedy concerts throughout the world for churches, singles, youth, schools, and crusade events.

  • Doodoo Wah - Politically incorrect folk humor from California's Mother Lode.

  • Eaton, Dr. Bill: Humourologist - Includes samples, biography, reviews and contact information. Newfoundland, Canada.

  • Eddie, Mark - A rock comic playing nationwide. Includes video samples, background and contact information, CDs and tour schedule.

  • Fred and Al - Comedy music band based in the UK. Free MP3 songs, screensavers and wallpaper.

  • Grossman, Gerry - Midwest-based comedian/musician, also known as the "Human Jukebox." Booking and tour information.

  • Hannies, The - Band biography, music videos, forum and guestbook.

  • Happy Ron - Performance schedule, song samples and photos. Based in San Diego.

  • Hersch, Rainer - Classical music comedian from Britain.

  • The Jack D'Johns - Vegas style show/dance band. Musical comedy for all ages.

  • Jet, Johnny - Original funny songs and poems from comedy singer/songwriter. Lyrics and photos.

  • Jones, Paul - Official site of this nationwide US performer, identified here as "Paul Zass." Schedule, biography, video and sound clips, pictures.

  • - Funny Parody songs and bits from the Kevin Clay radio show in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • KJV Presents (Komedy With An Attitude) - Musical comedy featured on the Dr. Demento Show. Includes album information, and reviews.

  • LaBelle, Mark - Details of his performances, schedule, and gallery.

  • Lang und Breit - Comedy with banjo and washtub. Site is in German and English.

  • The Laryngospasms - Five Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists that take classic songs and twist the lyrics to create parodies of the operating room.

  • Lilley, Richard - Appearances, booking information, and photos.

  • The Limey Birds - Brit-pop and comedy fusion.

  • London, Greg - Comedian and singing impressionist. Booking and press information including sample video footage.

  • Mabe, Tom - Official site for information on Tom's new album, "Revenge on the Telemarketers Round One".

  • Marloew, Ira - Witty songs in the tradition of Tom Leherer and Allan Sherman. Available for download, lyrics provided.

  • Masa - Japanese artist brings humor and jokes into rock music.

  • Mavenettes, The - Biographies, song samples and CD's. Based in Illinois.

  • MC Rebbe - Comedian and presenter in the UK. Reviews, biography and weblog.

  • McCollum, Mark - Musical parodist's profile, photo, credits, reviews, and contact information.

  • Minchin, Tim - Australian comedian, actor, composer and songwriter. Includes biography, upcoming gigs, reviews, weblog and merchandise.

  • Moosebutter - Quartet performs comedy music classics. MP3 sound samples, photos, and lyrics.

  • Morey, Sean - Providing song clips, tour information, message board and booking information.

  • Mule Deer, Gary - Comedian musician touring nationally. Includes audio samples, upcoming schedule, picture gallery and booking information.

  • Nixon, Mojo - Back on the air and raising all hell.

  • Not Very Good Interval Band, The - Free MP3 downloads, news, and discography. Based in the UK.

  • Nursing Notes, The - Biographies, photos, booking information and sample MP3's. Performances for healthcare audiences.

  • The Party Hog - Western Canada's One Man Comedy Rock Show - information on gigs, live songlist, free mp3s, pics and videos!

  • Pat and John - Official site of award-winning musical comedy duo John Sampson and Patrick James O'Connell. Includes CD ordering and booking information.

  • Paul and Storm - Music comedy duo from Washington, DC. Biographies, schedule, music samples and photos.

  • Phillips, Henry - Audio downloads, CD-ROM ordering, and schedule.

  • Phlegm, Rodney - Gig schedule, CD info, history, songlist, lyrics, and photos.

  • Piano Juggler - California based musical comedic juggler. Video clips, biography, resume, and contact details provided.

  • Power Salad - As heard on The Dr. Demento Show. News, photos, audio, and stuff to buy.

  • R.A.C. - Band is part of the UK underground rap, breakdancing and pirate radio scenes. Mp3s and contact information.

  • Ricci, Bob - Song samples, fan mail and forum.

  • Richard Scott Comedy Band, The - Musical parodies of top 40 music as well as original material. Offers gallery, tour information, news, multimedia and contact details.

  • Ridley, Mike - Michigan-based musical comedian. Links to songs, biography, and contact information.

  • Rix, Toby - Musical clown, playing Haydn on horns and bells. Site available in Dutch and English, includes photos, records, and other information.

  • Salvo, Chuck - Music and comedy suitable for all ages. Show schedule and tape/CD-ROM ordering.

  • Sardelli, Nelson - Singer, dancer, comedian, and gun-twirler. Photos and schedule.

  • Satanicide - Parody metal from New Jersey. MP3s of songs, video clips, photos, and a discussion board.

  • Shaw, Kenny - Canadian country/comedy music entertainer. Booking information, press kit, and photos.

  • The Sheryls - Official home site of Melbourne's comedy rock divas.

  • Silly Song Book - Information, images and sounds of: "Weird Al" Yankovic, Doctor Demento, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman, Spinal Tap, The Rutles, Cheech and Chong, Ray Stevens, and Dread Zeppelin.

  • Stevens, Steve - UK based performer offers international comedy, vocal and instrumental act. Schedule, resume and contact details.

  • Sutherland, Buzz - Official site of the man behind the "Donald Duck having an orgasm" clip.

  • Tangawarra Doug Anthony Allstars - About the Aussie comedy trio, the Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS).

  • Timpanaro-Hogan, Nancy - Award-winning cabaret artist in New York with her own production company, RiverRose Productions.

  • Tracy, Gene - Classic comedy routines of the King of Truck Stop comedy. Now available on CD and Cassette.

  • Trailer Park Troubadours, The - Musical comedy act. Biography, profiles, news, reviews, and artwork.

  • Tremley, Milo - Musical comedy taking a satirical look and human relations. Includes profile, road schedule, reviews and contact information.

  • Tuba Jim & Roy - A comedy site specializing in parody and general silliness with a technicolor tuba flare.

  • Turetzky, Ken - Folk and blues based acoustic comedy at venues in Texas and Indiana. Lyrics, biography and contact details.

  • Van Tee, Phil - Old-timey mountain banjo, jokes, stories and original comedic songs. Included here are audio clips, resume, schedule, and contact information.

  • Van-Dells, The - Oldies show and musical comedy. Nationally touring band providing upcoming schedule, history, biographies and contact information.

  • The Vestibules Online - Musical and sketch comedy from Canada. Links to MP3s as well as album ordering.

  • The Villagers - Entertainers who specialize in corporate and convention shows. Includes the history of the group, photos, and performance schedule.

  • Weaver, Larry - Offers stand-up comedy, musical parodies, search engine optimization training, corporate event speaking, and entertainment booking. Based out of Raleigh, NC.

  • Who Cares - Links to downloads, merchandise and contact details.

  • Williams, Mike - Clean comedy for corporate, school and religious groups. General information, calendar, missions, and video clip included.

  • Wood, Doug - Garland, Texas performer mixes stand up and music for corporate and private events. Includes show profiles, biography, multimedia samples and contact information.