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Happy Cyber Monday to the just over 100 of you who actually open these emails!

There's a lot of news in this Update, but if you're one of those TL:DR people, if you have a minute I'd appreciate it if you'd please go vote on the Luke Ski Top 50 Poll for 2020: 

http://tinyurl.com/2020LukeSkiTop50 . Thanks!

~ Luke Ski

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MARSCON 2021 ANNOUNCEMENT:



MARSCON 2021
http://marsconcomedy.com - http://www.marscon.com
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
March 12th, 13th, & 14th, 2021


Music Guest Of Honor ROBBIE ELLIS!
robbieellis.net & robbieellis.bandcamp.com

Making her MarsCon debut, AMY ENGLEHARDT!
http://www.amyenglehardt.com


And returning, these usual suspects:
BETH KINDERMAN
DEVO SPICE
IL NEIGE
INSANE IAN
THE GREAT LUKE SKI
TV’S KYLE & LINDZILLA


IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The MarsCon Convention Committee has been making plans for both an in-person convention like usual, and a virtual MarsCon 2021 if large gatherings are still not going to be allowed in Bloomington MN during March 12th through 14th, 2021. Right now, that seems to be the most likely scenario, and if it is, the acts listed above have all agreed to perform concerts from home into MarsCon’s virtual convention video feed. Stay tuned to the websites and social media accounts of MarsCon (Minneapolis) and the MarsCon Comedy Music Track for updates.



A TRACK BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SOUND JUST AS DEMENTED

You may have noticed the “MarsCon Dementia Track” has changed its name to the “MarsCon Comedy Music Track”. This something I have been thinking about doing for a few years. The main reason I wanted to make this change is because, unlike other words that started in fandom circles that went mainstream (fanboy, pwned, cosplay, etc.), the term “dementia” as coined by Dr. Demento to mean “comedy music” (as well as sketches, stand-up, and/or other funny or odd audio that may be heard on “The Dr. Demento Show”) sadly has yet to catch on with anyone outside of Dr. Demento fandom.

Due to that, my assumption is that when someone new to MarsCon looks at the convention’s programming and sees the phrase “MarsCon Dementia Track”, they will either (1.) not have any idea what that means, or (2.) think that the track is about the medical condition known as “dementia”. I feel I owe it to all of the acts that I persuade to come out and perform at MarsCon every year to do everything I can to get them as large as audience as possible. I ran this idea past the folks following our track’s Facebook page, and there was nearly unanimous support to make the change. Lindsay Smith updated the logo for me, and I made the changes to our online accounts:

Website: http://www.MarsConComedy.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MarsConComedy
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MarsConComedy


People in the fandom are still going to use the word “dementia” to mean comedy music (etc.), just as the 79-year-old Dr. Demento is still doing every week on his online show. Heck, Dr. D. just released a new album which has the earliest comedy songs ever recorded (1895~1925), titling the album “FIRST CENTURY DEMENTIA”! I am just trying to get a few more butts in the seats at our track’s concerts by putting the words “COMEDY MUSIC” in our name, so that people who never found Dr. D.’s show but love the funny songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic, The Lonely Island, Epic Rap Battles Of History, Garfunkel & Oates, Rachel Bloom, Princess Rap Battles by Whitney Avalon, Flight Of The Conchords, Ninja Sex Party, Tenacious D, and the Aquabats will see the words “MarsCon Comedy Music Track” and think “Hey! I love comedy music! I should register for MarsCon and check that out!”



THE MARSCON COMEDY MUSIC SAMPLER PLATTER CONCERT!

Every November, MarsCon holds a Masquerade Ball to promote their convention happening 4 months later. This year it was a Virtual Masquerade Ball, and the MarsCon Comedy Music Track was asked to contribute by having a one-hour “Sampler Platter” Concert, which is now up on YouTube for all to see! The show features Beth Kinderman, Marc With A C, past Music Guests Of Honor Dr. Pinkerton of the C.O.G., Lauren Mayer, Devo Spice, the great Luke Ski, and MarsCon 2021’s Music Guest Of Honor Robbie Ellis!
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJIctvjAouE

Follow the social media accounts of MarsCon and the MarsCon Comedy Music Track for status updates on MarsCon 2021. There will be a MarsCon 2021 Comedy Music Track Fund Raiser album with live tracks from MarsCon 2020 a.k.a. the last thing any of us did before society ended.

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LUKE SKI NEWS:



- LUKE SKI COVERS “ANOTHER ONE RIDES THE BUS”!
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s legendary live recording of “Another One Rides The Bus” on “The Dr. Demento Show”, I recorded a cover of it aided by TV’s Kyle and Lindzilla as the grand finale of “FuMPFeST At Home 2020”! Get it now at the FuMP!
Song: https://www.thefump.com/music/song/another-one-rides-the-bus




- THE LUKE SKI TOP 50 POLL FOR 2020!
It’s time to find out where all the comedy songs, covers, and guest appearances I’ve made since my last album was released rate against my early stuff!
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2020LukeSkiTop50

If you need a refresher on my comedy music of the past 6 years, I’ve made a Spotify playlist with most of it: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7Ch2xzxgSOMP62Go11QYtN?si=5TRROQWjQaWE4gD5dwxHKg




- “FuMPFeST AT HOME 2020 - LIVE” ALBUM!
Available on CD and digitally!
Link: https://www.thefump.com/store/release/236

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“MIGHTY MAGISWORDS” STUFF:



- “MIGHTY MAGISWORDS” ORIGINAL LONGER OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE!
The opening title sequence of “Mighty Magiswords” had a theme song that was a little different and a little longer, and was Storyboarded by myself and Zoë Moss. Kyle came across both the animatic and the final animated versions of it and posted them on his Twitter for all to see! 
Video of animatic version: https://twitter.com/TVsKyle/status/1311045910281904128
Video of fully animated version: https://twitter.com/TVsKyle/status/1311347120482336789



RUSSIAN COSPLAYERS PANTOMIME THE SONG “PROHYAS AND VAMBRE”!
Unfortunately I don’t have any more information about these awesome people, but check out this video of some Russian Cosplayers reenacting the Russian version of the “Mighty MagiSwords” song I wrote “Prohyas and Vambre”, joined by the Mysterious Hooded Woman as well!
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8ECmGpLbnM

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ANIMATION INDUSTRY CAREER NEWS:



WALLY WINGERT LAUNCHES "CHRISTOWEEN" WITH ANIMATIC "FRANKIE-FIED!"


Presenting “Donnie Druthers’ Christoween Capers: Frankie-fied!” created by voice actor and fellow "Dr. Demento Show" hit-maker Wally Wingert! Wally wrote and narrates the story, presented as an 8-minute fully-completed animatic (meaning finished drawings & backgrounds) showing the story of Donnie, a kid who combines his two favorite holidays, Halloween and Christmas, into a new 2-month-long holiday called “Christoween”! He was inspired to do so after a surprise Christmas Eve visit from Frankenstein, who was filling in for his good friend Santa Claus who was home sick with the flu.



Wally commissioned me to make the animatic, and I snuck a bunch of extra jokes in there! It took me 9 weeks to make, and it's a whole lot of fun! Please check it out, and share it with anyone you know who loves Halloween and Christmas!

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XuM40CCS7o

Official Christoween website: http://christoween.net



And follow Wally Winger's Twitter account, where he will be posting the "Easter Eggs" hidden in "Frankie-fied!" from now through Christmas!
Link: https://twitter.com/WallyWingert

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VIRTUAL TOUR DATE:

“THANKS FOR THE MAGIC”

36-HOUR BENEFIT LIVESTREAM

To help aid the Disneyland Cast Members who were laid off due to Covid-19, many of our friend-group of theme-park-internet-reviewers that we call “The Fantasmafia” are teaming up to put on a 36-hour ‘telethon’ with all the proceeds going to Cast Member Pantry (castmemberpantry.com). The event starts at Noon Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, December 5th, and will continue until Midnight of Sunday December 6th. I will be making at least 2 significant appearances:

“KYLE AND LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS” PODCAST LIVE
Saturday, December 5th from 5 pm PST to 7 pm PST

Myself and my esteemed colleague Kyle A. Carrozza (a.k.a. TV’s Kyle) will be be doing an episode of our animation podcast live, with our discussion centering on animation related things at the Disney theme parks. And maybe with some faith, trust, and pixie dust, we may even have some surprise special guests drop in! You’ll have to wait to find out who, and so will I, because I haven’t asked them yet.

LUKE SKI LIVE IN CONCERT: COMEDY MUSIC FOR DISNEY NERDS!
Sunday, December 6th from 4:30 pm PST to 5:30 pm PST

I’ll be doing a one hour concert of my comedy music, performing a whole lot of my tracks that are either parodies of Disney songs, or songs about Disney stuff, and that includes the Muppets, Marvel, and Star Wars! 

The Video feed will be through this YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/c/RBGProds

The Official Website for the event is currently their Twitter account: 
https://twitter.com/thanksformagic

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OTHER LUKE SKI RELATED NEWS:

- “CAFFEINE CAT” ANIMATION BY KYLE CARROZZA!
Kyle animated this 2 second clip of me voicing Caffeine Cat just for the fun of it!
Video: https://twitter.com/TVsKyle/status/1309486125786906625

- “DIRT CHEAP PODCAST” LIVE VIDEO RADIO PLAY!
Myself and my fellow MM voice actor Renie Rivas stepped into the roles of 1940s radio drama performers for a live video version of the “Dirt Cheap Podcast” as they read through an actual Noir novel they dug up to share with an unsuspecting world!
Link: https://www.facebook.com/dirtcheappod/videos/2453237521650689

- ESCAPE FROM VAULT DISNEY
I have appeared on a couple of recent episodes of Tony Goldmark’s Disney+ themed podcast for the films “Chicken Little”, “While You Were Sleeping” with guest panelist ShoEboX of Worm Quartet, and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” featuring guest panelists TV’s Kyle and Lindzilla!
Link: https://escapefromvaultdisney.libsyn.com

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WHAT’S LUKE PLUGGING NOW?



- DR. DEMENTO’S LATEST ALBUM: ​“FIRST CENTURY DEMENTIA”!
Dr. Demento’s latest compilation album is full of some of the earliest comedy songs ever recorded, with the tracks dating from 1895 thru 1925! If you hurry, you can order an autographed copy of the CD, and you may be able to find it on Vinyl at record stores!
Link: https://store.drdemento.com/products/dr-demento-first-centruy-dementia-cd




- “THE PAC-MAN EP” BY WORM QUARTET!
The limitlessly talented ShoEboX of Worm Quartet has released his kickstarted album “The Pac-Man EP” to the general public, and it is glorious and amazing. Please pay tribute to the goldenrod mastication sphere by partaking in this auditory masterpiece.
Link: https://wormquartet.bandcamp.com/album/the-pac-man-ep




- “MEMORIES OF A CRUISE” EP BY FLAT 29!
Somehow this past summer I completely missed that Flat 29 not only put out new podcast episodes, but they also put out a 3-song EP! All 3 tracks are great, and you can listen to them on your online audio service of choice at the link below!
Link: https://ffm.to/memoriesofacruise.owe




- “ANIMANIACS” RETURNS, AND FRIENDS OF LUKE HELPED MAKE IT GREAT!
Season 1 of Hulu’s relaunch of the classic 90’s comedy cartoon “Animaniacs” is 13 episodes of hilarity that will make you laugh so hard you’ll need to use the potty! I am so proud of all of my friends who contributed to this show’s great return: Katie Wallander directing, Kyle A. Carrozza, Zoë Moss, and Andy Sherman storyboarding, and in the supporting voice cast Grey DeLisle Griffin and Eric Bauza!
Link: https://www.hulu.com/series/animaniacs-b072680d-5485-4adf-87ac-4805c0e96bee

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PODCASTS:


- LUKE & CARRIE’S BAD RAPPORT

Episode #139 - It’s Gonna Work!


Link: http://www.badrapport.com

- KYLE & LUKE TALK ABOUT TOONS

Episode #178 - Bodily Function


Episode #179 - Listenwatching


Episode #180 - Bacon Bits


Episode #181 - Crunchterion Edition


Episode #182 - Sometimes All You Need Is A Future Shark


Episode #183 - Multiple Daffys

Our second special VIDEO episode filmed for YoumaCon 2020,
with our special guest, mega-star voice actor Eric Bauza!
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BFxzBKcf90

Episode #184 - There’s Just More Weasels Now!


Links: http://www.kyleandluke.com - http://www.facebook.com/kyleandluke


- THE FUNNY MUSIC PODCAST

Episodes #532 thru #545
Podcast audio Link: http://www.thefump.com/podcast.php
YouTube video Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/FunnyMusicProject

Recorded LIVE on Thursday nights at 9pm EST / 8pm CST / 7pm MST / 6pm PST
Dementia Radio link for listening to live audio: http://listen.dementiaradio.org:8027/listen.pls
Twitch link for watching live video: https://www.twitch.tv/The_FuMP

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!!! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HIRING ME !!!
!!! FOR ANY TYPE OF FREELANCE WORK, !!!

...here are my corresponding websites for these categories:

Storyboard Artist: https://www.luke.ski
Voice-Over: https://www.luke.ski/voiceover
Art / Cartooning: https://www.luke.ski/art
Caricatures: https://www.luke.ski/caricatures

...or if what you'd like to hire me to do doesn't fall into any of those categories, email me at thegreatlukeski@gmail.com with a description of what you'd like to hire me to do, and I will get back to you promptly.

~~~ And in case anybody wanted to help me out via donation, ~~~

To set up a regular monthly donation:
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lukeski

Or to send me a one-time donation, use one of the following:
PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/LukeSki
Cash App: $LukeSki
Venmo: @thegreatLukeSki

Thank you for your consideration during these hard times. ~ Luke

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- "MIGHTY MAGISWORDS" ON HULU & HBOMAX!


All 88 episodes of the TV Series are all available to binge-watch on Hulu & HBOmax!
Hulu: https://www.hulu.com/series/mighty-magiswords-d09abf08-8fa1-4f34-96ee-9f6be398a0fe
HBOmax: https://play.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GXkbcJQWAII-njwEAABwy
 

- JOIN THE DR. DEMENTO FACEBOOK GROUP!
Join the for-realsies actually factually OFFICIAL DR. DEMENTO FACEBOOK GROUP! This is group is moderated by members of the FuMP, and Dr. Demento himself is there interacting with fans, looking for classics and new hits of comedy music the fans are talking about to play on his weekly internet show! We're at 20,000 members and growing! Join today! :D
Link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/drdemento

- NOW PLAYING AT LUKE SKI'S BANDCAMP PAGE:

All my "Star Wars" songs on one album for just $9.99!
"GREATEST HITS VOLUME 1: 1996-2003" - 2.5+ hours of hits!
"GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2: 2004-2009" - Another 2.5+ hours of hits!
"BE AMUSED BY ME" - my 2011 album
"4th GRADE TALENT SHOW" - my latest album
You can also get my entire digital discography there for just over $50!
Listen / buy them now at: http://lukeski.bandcamp.com

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