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My 11th full length comedy album "4th Grade Talent Show" is available on CD and as a digital download RIGHT NOW at http://lukeski.bandcamp.com !



This CD has the Logan Award winning Disney-buys-Star-Wars parody medley"When You Wish Upon A Death Star", as well as my 2014 hit from the Dr. Demento Show, "Fake Adult". It also has tributes to Scooby Doo, 80's media franchise mascots, a Tyrannosaurus, and a deep dive into the dark crevices of my mind, if you dare to go there with me. The album features appearances by Devo Spice, Insane Ian, Carrie Dahlby, TV's Kyle, Lindsay Smith, Tony Goldmark, a whole lot of folks from the FuMP, and Doug Walker "The Nostalgia Critic"! It's 70 minutes of content for $10 + shipping on CD, or $8 digitally.

Here's what a bunch of people who are totally-in-the-bag-for-Luke Ski have to say about "4th Grade Talent Show":

"I love the recurring 'D.P.I.' bits!" ~ Devo Spice

"I laughed! I cried! I smashed things in anger! I set fire to a bus full of war heroes! What were we talking about?" ~ Tony Goldmark

"This is the best Luke Ski album since the last one. Maybe even the one before that. Some of the best original and parody songs of Luke's career." - Insane Ian

"Destined to be the first comedy album in decades to hit #1 on Billboard! Wait, what?" ~ Tony Goldmark

"[This] new album rules in the most rulingness of ways." ~ Kornflake (The Flopcast)

"The new 'the great Luke Ski' album, "4th Grade Talent Show", is quite possibly his best album yet." ~ Tony Goldmark

"I've always considered my brother to be a creative genius.  This may not be widely held belief by most people and that's a shame. Then again, most people believe that Maroon 5 and the new Transformers movies are great. So really, who cares what most people think? You, fair listener, are one of the lucky ones who can horde this wordy, nerdy maniac and come to love him as I have, not at a distance but out of resistance to the boring, snoring music and media all around. Luke speaks my language, I suspect he speaks yours too. So, buy his damn album already! " ~Michael Sienkowski ("Sleeping In The Aviary", "Eyebeams")

"Legend." ~ a can of Coke Zero 

"Can't stop listening to "4th Grade Talent Show"! The songs have been taking turns getting stuck in my head, and I'm loving every minute of it... I catch myself singing Ivanova randomly, and I also catch myself singing the T-Rex song... oftentimes when I'm at work, and out of earshot from the boss." ~ Kornflake of "The Flopcast"

""Fake Adult" is so far the #1 song of the year on Mad Music Dementia Top 20, another reason to get that album!" ~ DJ Particle

"As someone lucky enough to score one of these [albums] at Orlando Nerd Fest today, and seeing Luke perform the songs live, I've another take on it. Luke has a few songs that are not simply funny, not exactly Dementia, not quite Nerdcore. One of them (I'll let you discover which one) is as introspective and meaningful as something from Jonathan Coulton. (And like JoCo's work, it's thoughtful and wise, not depressing at all.) In it, Luke gives us a look inside his soul, and it hit me hard. It's something I've been through in my life... Don't get me wrong, there's still lots of fun stuff on the CD. But this song proves that Luke is more than smart and more than funny. It's a daring step, and I was privileged to see him perform it. Thanks, Luke." ~ Tom Reed of Cartoon Geeks Blog

"If your imagination can go from "I think I got a paper cut" to "Autopsy results" in 0 seconds flat, you'll love Luke Ski's new song "Neurotica!"" ~ Carrie Dahlby (Luke Ski's biggest fan, circa 2004 - 2006)

""4th Grade Talent Show" is the best all-natural mayonnaise substitute I've ever accidentally stuffed up my nose thinking it was a bag of clowns. It contains appearances by both me and my son, meaning that technically the disc contains more Shoebox DNA than the first three Worm Quartet albums, but there are less-compelling reasons to purchase it as well. Personal highlights: "Fake Adult" is a fun ode to the fact that this 40-year-old artist still wakes up at 5am on Christmas morning and jumps up and down until the female authority figure in his house lets him open his new Transformers, and is served with equal parts self-deprecation and f*** you, as it should be. "Orko, Slimer, Wicket, and Snarf" is a glorious ode to the sneering and strangely-enduring unnecessary hatred of the comedy relief characters some of us enjoyed the crap out of (or "out of whom some of us enjoyed the crap?" Meh. Moving on...) as kids, "Angry Nerds," another fun attack on needless nerd rage, contains what I've decided to interpret as a direct shot at me, as I did in fact initially give up on Marvel's "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." after a few episodes because dammit Luke some of us don't generally have time to devote nineteen hours to watching something just to see if it gets better and the fact that you were dead-on right in this case is immaterial, and this interpretation makes it rather ironic that "Neurotica" is probably my favorite Luke Ski song ever, as it gives us a rather personal and amusing look into the mind of the only man in history to ever ruin a Kenny Loggins song.  Much as Luke himself is held together by an odd glue of ego tempered with Catholic guilt, this disc is held together by a unique mix of heart, snark, anti-snark, and an endearing defense of things that most people wouldn't bother defending. I don't recall the last time Luke put out a disc I enjoyed this much. Purchasing it is an activity in which you should probably engage if you enjoy things." ~ ShoEboX of Worm Quartet

"Honey mustard." ~ Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad

Thanks everyone, and until next time, welcome to the "4th Grade Talent Show". :)

~ Luke Ski, 8/8/2014

The 80's were the golden years for cross-platform media franchises aimed at kids & pre-teens. It didn't matter what medium your favorite cast of characters originated from, chances were it was also being represented in other places, be it television, movies, cartoons, video games, Toys R Us, or even the breakfast cereal aisle. And one thing that was an essential part of any of these fictional universes, was having a character whose sole purpose was to appeal to kids by either being cute and cuddly, or by being the wacky comic relief, often both at the same time. But as many kids grew up and became 'too cool' for characters like that, they turned their backs on them and left them behind, scoffing at their former beloved imaginary pals as 'lame' and 'for babies'. I couldn't help but wonder what became of all of those 80's media franchise mascot-type characters and their similar Hollywood creature friends from that era, and how they might feel now about being betrayed by the generation of kids that they spent years getting paid good money to entertain. I'd like to think that this song accurately represents their feelings on the matter. So if you're about 40, meaning you spent ages 5 through 15 growing up during this glorious time, this one is for you.

The totally awesome music for this radical track was put together by the tubular TV's Kyle Carrozza, who based it on the respective theme songs of the four titular characters of this piece. This track is from my gnarly new album "4th Grade Talent Show". Until next time, be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!

"Orko, Slimer, Wicket, & Snarf"
by the great Luke Ski
Get the free MP3 now at the FuMP:
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  • "MY FAVORITE PART" CLIP-VIDEO BY LUKE SKI ON YOUTUBE!

In September 2008 I made love song inspired by my now-wife Sara based on a term of endearment she often said to me, "You're my favorite part." The song is a ballad in which a pop-culture junkie compares the woman he loves to all his favorite parts from TV shows and movies. In June 2012, I debuted a video I made to show when I perform this song live, comprised of clips from all the shows and films mentioned in the song, with a lot of others Sara and I love worked into it. This year on Sara's birthday, I decided to post this video to my YouTube page so the world can see my mushy nerdy tribute to the woman I love via the shows I love almost as much as her. So here it is, "My Favorite Part". Share it with someone you love online. :) Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5H4zmhbWPE

  • CIRQUE DU SO WHAT? ALBUMS NOW AVAILABLE ON BANDCAMP!

CdSW MarsCon 2012 - 400

In other more explicit news, I finally got around to creating a Bandcamp page for "Cirque du So What?", the R-Rated sketch comedy group consisting of myself, Devo Spice, ShoEboX of Worm Quartet, and Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad. So you can now hear all 3 of our albums in their entirety at http://cdsw.bandcamp.com . Our last 2 albums are still available on CD, and all 3 albums are available as digital downloads. So now when someone on your Facebook page posts an article about improv shows, race relations, or the bullying epidemic, you can now copy and paste links to those serious issue's correlating CdSW sketches. You're welcome, world.

  • LUKE & CARRIE'S BAD RAPPORT

Episode #108 - PlungerQuest

LCBR108If you enjoy listening to people wander aimlessly around a department store searching for a hand-held suction device, then this is the podcast for you! In this episode, Luke Ski fills us in on the incredibly busy August he had with reports on his one-day solo vacation to the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Nerd Fest 2014, Gen Con Indy 2014, and his family's trip to the Wisconsin Dells where he got his picture taken as an armed steampunk maniac, as pictured here. We also hear a caricature gig story that was recorded on Luke's hand-held voice recorder last month when he had lunch at Real Chili with his old pal Mike Guthrie. Carrie tells us about the process of moving her mother-in-law Karen into the house, and we read your comments from the past 5 episodes which we've been sorely neglecting due to being distracted by everything we've been doing all summer.

In this episode we play comedy tracks by T.D. MischkePatton OswaltWorm Quartet“Weird Al” YankovicHomer HendersonDevo Spice, and a couple of tracks from the great Luke Ski's new album "4th Grade Talent Show"! If you have a review of 4GTS, please leave it as a comment here, and we'll read it in a future show. So sit back and become our... 'Target audience'. Insert picture of Fozzie Bear smiling here. Episode length: 2:18:15

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  • KYLE & LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS

Episode #24 - Post Haste

Toons24

This week, a quick and dirty mailbag episode! Subjects include canned laughter in animation, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and Tony Goldmark’s ideas for the thing we say at the end of the show!

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  • 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 #218: the great Luke Ski, Insane Ian, TV's Kyle, Chris Mezzolesta, & Tony Goldmark! This episode was my "4th Grade Talent Show" CD release party! :D
Episode #219: Steve Goodie and Insane Ian
Episode #220: Bonecage and Mikey Mason

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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.

I'm happy to report that my howling-into-the-abyss-of-middle-age song "Fake Adult" hit #7 on "The Dr. Demento Show's" Top Ten for July 2014! Hooray! I'm not dead yet! That makes five Top Ten appearances this year, making it the song with the most Top Ten appearances in 2014, and also the 2nd most requested song of the year!

If you'd like to hear him play the song again, and possibly make the Top Ten for August (and the Funny 25 at the end of 2014), you can REQUEST "FAKE ADULT" for "The Dr. Demento Show" at http://drdemento.com/request , and please include your e-mail address when you do so it counts towards the monthly Top Ten tabulations! As always, you can listen to the show every week at http://drdemento.com/online.html . I always do, and you should to. :)

Also worth mentioning is that Dr. Demento played another new track from my new album, a tribute to 80's media franchise mascot characters, titled "ORKO, SLIMER, WICKET, & SNARF"! You can hear the song over at my Bandcamp page for the album "4th Grade Talent Show", and if you like it, please REQUEST for Dr. D to play that again as well, and include your email address so it counts towards the tabulations for the Top Ten! :D

You can download "Fake Adult" as an MP3 now for 99 cents at the FuMP, http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1762 , or you can get it from my Bandcamp page in a variety of digital audio formats: http://lukeski.bandcamp.com/track/fake-adult

You can download both of these songs for free until mid-September 2014 at http://www.thefump.com:

  • "NEUROTICA" by the great Luke Ski

It has been said that the most powerful sexual organ in the human body is the brain. That is where one's most far-fetched vision can be brought from a mere figment to a synapse-firing alteration of the limbic system of your cerebral cortex. In this track, if you dare to dive in deep, you'll get a stark look inside the mind of 'the great Luke Ski', and see just what kinds of disturbing visions most commonly occupy the dark crevices of his fervid imagination... To get us all even more in the mood, this tracks features vocal contributions from Blythe Renay of the Damsels of Dorkington and ShoEboX of Worm QuartetMusic by the great Luke Ski & TV's Kyle. Final mix by TV's Kyle.

  • "PAYWUTCHYALIKE" by Devo Spice & Luke Ski

Devo Spice says: "A few weeks ago I was on a Skype call with Luke Ski and a few other people and someone needed to pay Luke for something and he said, in his best Humpty Hump voice: "Paywutchyalike." We all laughed but the idea stuck with me so a few days later I asked Luke if he wanted to do the song. 

This is a parody of "Doowutchyalike" by Digital Underground about all sides of the free content business model. And just like the original song there are two versions of this song. The one you hear at the FuMP is the 4 minute single edit. The full 8 1/2 minute version is available on Luke Ski's bandcamp page for the price of 'pay what you like'! ;D

This song was written by Devo Spice and Luke Ski (Devo wrote the first, like, five or so verses. Luke wrote the rest.) It also features cameos by Insane Ian, Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad, Shoebox of Worm Quartet, and Carrie Dahlby's son Alex. Music by Bonecage, Devo Spice, and Shoebox. FuMPhowyalike, y'all!"

Note: the full 8 1/2 minute version of "Paywutchyalike" is the one you'll get on my new album "4th Grade Talent Show".

 

  • LUKE & CARRIE'S BAD RAPPORT

Episode #107 - Backhoe Inception

Carrie and I recorded this episode on August 5th. My intention was to edit and post it that night before I began my 2-week sort-of tour to Orlando Nerd Fest 2014 and Gen Con Indy 2014, so you guys would have a new episode to tide you over until I got back. Well, due to being busy with preparations before and during both these events, that didn’t happen, and you’re getting this episode 2 weeks later, negating the whole point of trying to get the episode recorded before I left town. That’s the way the cookie’s best laid plans of mice and men, crumbles, uh, shit happens.

Anyway, in this episode, Carrie and Luke talk about what other things they’ve been up to all summer. Carrie moved her family into a new house, dyed her hair, marched in the Pride parade, sang Ren Faire music, took Alex to see the dentist, Muppets, hot-air balloons, and put out a new album. Meanwhile Luke began some sessions of serious therapy, went to Buffalo, learned CPR, saw both Rifftrax Sharknado and Monty Python at the movie theater, watched “Scrubs” in its entirety, and put out a new album.

This episode’s comedy tracks are by Paul & StormWorm Quartet, featuring Insane Ian,“Weird Al” YankovicMeghan TrainorTwenty TrucksKermit the Frog & Rowlf the DogScott Bradlee’s Saturday Morning Slow JamsRob ParavonianMonty Python,Lazlo Bane“Blasted Bill” PuttZach Braff & Donald FaisonMeatus MurderGarden Fresh, & Epic Rap Battles Of History.

You can get Luke’s new album “4th Grade Talent Show” and Carrie’s new album “Sing All Funny Jokes” at our respective Bandcamp pages, assuming the image for this episode didn’t scare you so bad you had a massive heart attack and died. Episode length: 2:01:04

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  • KYLE & LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS

Episode #22 - Kyle & Luke & Tia Part 1

The first in a two part episode with special guest co-host Tia Ballard! Tia is an anime voice over artist best known for her role as “Happy” in “Fairy Tail”, but she’s also a cartoonist-in-training!

Episode #23 - Kyle & Luke & Tia Part 2

This week, Kyle and Luke continue talking with voice over actress Tia Ballard! She asks the guys lots of questions about being professional artist-types.

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  • 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 #215: Jace McClain of Nuclear Bubble Wrap
Episode #216: Bonecage and Austin Aeschliman of Smashy Claw
Episode #217: Jace McLain of Nuclear Bubble Wrap and Carla Ulbrich

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Yesterday I went to see "Monty Python Live (Mostly)", and it was glorious! Because of that, I decided it was about time for me to post the video I edited together for my song "WalkingSilly" which I had been playing at my shows when I perform it live. You can find it at my YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIUKNPCcSgY .

Back at the Logan Awards at FuMPFeST 2014, I wanted to make sure that the Ookla The Mok song "Mwahaha" got a great live performance at the award ceremony concert. I enlisted the help of ShoEboX of Worm Quartet to sing it live with me, and I whipped together a still-image video to go along with it featuring images of all the villains quoted in the song. You can now watch that performance on Ookla The Mok's YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QREzJklfm0w .

You can also see the still-image video with the original Ookla song as well there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3322dJEu7U .

  • LUKE & CARRIE'S BAD RAPPORT

Episode #106 - Luke & Stephanie's Good Rapport

When Luke Ski's ex-wife/best friend Stephanie called him to ask if he'd be willing to join her and her boyfriend Thor on a one-night trip to the Wisconsin Dells staying at the Wilderness Resort to celebrate her birthday on July 3rd, Luke said he'd do it on the condition that during the course of the day she'd be willing to let Luke turn on his Zoom H2 and record an episode of Bad Rapport with her which he'd save and post later in the month when he knew both he and Carrie would be too busy (finishing his album and moving into her new house, respectively) to get together to record an episode. So, that's what this is.

The first two-thirds of the episode were recorded over dinner at Buffalo Phil's Pizza & Grill, where Luke & Steph discuss many of their past road trips across the country, including the tour-chasing they did back during the "Running With Scissors" Tour. Speaking of "Weird Al" Yankovic, Luke & Steph also try to make some predictions as to just what songs will be in the polka medley on Al's new album "Mandatory Fun", which is available now. Spoiler alert: I do play one track from the new album in this episode, so if you're trying to avoid spoilers, it's the first track following the second segment, so skip ahead 4 minutes.

The final third of the episode is an audio travelogue of the main strip of the Wisconsin Dells, starting at the Mobil Station in front the entrance to the Kalahari Resort on Hwy 12 just north of I-90/94 Exit 92, following Wisconsin Dells Pkwy north. After 4 miles, they turn right onto WI-13 N/WI-16 E and head into the downtown area, where they made a discovery so epic that to go into any detail will spoil the podcast magic, ending their 5 mile journey at another Mobil Station at 802 Broadway.

Comedy and music tracks in this episode (besides the ones by the aforementioned Alfred) are by Luke Ski featuring Carrie DahlbyEminemRaymond & ScumPat McCurdySouth Park, and Shawn Patterson & Sammy Allen. This episode brought to you by the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau. Okay it isn't, but it might as well have been. Episode length: 1:34:14

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  • KYLE & LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS

Episode #21 - We Get Letters

This week, Kyle and Luke chat about the summer animation-adjacent movies of the summer so far, and then spend a really long time reading your letters. Kyle’s sass levels (and voice levels) are super-high in this episode, so be warned.

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  • 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 #213: Kranken Welpen and Marc Gunn
Episode #214: Mikey Mason and Worm Quartet

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This is kinda blowing my mind here, guys. While FuMPFeST 2014 was in full swing, BuzzFeed reporter Katie Notopoulos was there interviewing several people and taking a lot of pictures. I sat down to talk with her following my concert, and I rambled on at a mile a minute about all the things I usually ramble on about, apologizing the whole time for talking so damn much. The result was posted today, a full length article on the event which had A LOT of nice things to say about me, and a pictoral piece showing the favorite comedy bands and non-comedy bands of many of the attendees and performers of FuMPFeST 2014. I'm really touched, flattered, taken-a-back, and appreciative to Katie for writing and posting such an excited, supportive, energetic article about our event. In a world where mean-spirited snark rules much of web journalism, it was particularly heartwarming to have someone cover our comedy music event in such a positive light. So thank you so much Katie for all the kind words. :) Here are the links to the 2 articles: