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Music Fest Season Starts When WE Say it Does!

If you love music but not the idea of standing outside all day with sweaty idiots, then we’ve got the place for you! New York’s hottest new music festival is Spring Festerella, presented by the Odd Rock Comedy Hour!

It’s only 85 minutes, a measly $10 ($7 if you buy advance tickets here with the code ORCHVIP), and it’s in Astoria so you can go home afterward and not sleep in a tent! It’s compact, streamlined, and filled with more awesome-per-dollar than any other music festival your bloggersnob friends have told you about.

Don’t believe me? Check out these acts:

  • The Reformed Whores They’ve been on IFC, SiriusXM, opened for Les Claypool and the Reverend Horton Heat, and have rocked the Edinburgh Fringe!
  • Carla Ulbrich A comedy songwriter and professional smart aleck who’s been played on the Dr. Demento Show, SiriusXM, and NPR!
  • Charles McBee a hilarious standup comedian who has appeared on Gotham Comedy Live!
  • Tim Ellis comedian/musician whose album and webseries Casual Pimpin’ are packed with hilarity and smooth grooves!
  • Shane Morrison comedic songwriter who has been featured in the New York Funny Songs Festival!
  • Hosted by Rob Paravonian, me, and I’ve also done stuff and been on things!

So there you have it. April 21st, 2018, is the official start of your summer festival season! Come on out and party with us!

It started with a pun, now we’re here!

I’ve accidentally embarked on the quest to create the most epic fake band trivia challenge ever!! It started as a play on words—“Sham Rock” instead of “Odd Rock” Comedy Hour to acknowledge that the March installment of my monthly variety show falls on St. Patrick’s Day.

“I’ll do a couple of covers from fictitious TV and film bands,” I thought.

“I’ll show slides of some of the more esoteric fictitious bands,” I pondered.

But when I had the idea to create a fake band trivia contest I had no idea it would become my mission in life to create the MOST AMAZING AND TRULY AWESOME FAKE BAND TRIVIA CONTEST EVER!! I’m having an absolute blast putting these questions together, I think I may have found my calling in life!

The questions will range in difficulty from “everyone should know that” to “why would anyone know that?” with a lot of room in between. Some questions will be easy with supplemental bonus points for more in-depth knowledge on the same subject. There will be some “everyone wins” questions with prizes for anyone who gets it right. So even if you answer only one question right you could still get a prize.

And on top of this epicness we still have great comedy and music: dope and dirty rhymes from La Dynasty and standup comedy from Boris Khaykin, and more! So get your tickets now! It’s only ten bucks, but you can get tix for seven dollareedoos with the discount code ORCHVIP at QED’s website.

All right, back to the research…

The Missile-Toad Holiday Special ’17!

The Odd Rock Comedy Hour is putting on an odd rock holiday show! Comedy music superduo Sam & Bill, Killy Dwyer, Lauren Hope Krass and me, Rob P., will bring to the stage twisted musical holiday cheer in the form of top-notch comedy, music, standup, sketch, and candy! And if you get your tickets in advance and use code ORCHVIP, you can get in for just $7!

It all takes place on Saturday, Dec. 16th at 7:30 pm at Q.E.D. in lovely Astoria, Queens. The Odd Rock Comedy Hour will help make your season hilarious.

The Odd Rock Comedy Hour
Missile-Toad Holiday Special!
Sat. Dec. 16, 7:30 pm
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria (N Train to Ditmars)
With Sam & Bill, Killy Dwyer, Lauren Hope Krass, and more!

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Genesee Theater, October 3!

The Genesee Theater in my hometown of Waukegan, Illinois has been beautifully restored and has been back hosting national and international acts for over a decade, and yours truly has the great honor of headlining a comedy night there on October 3. I’ll be turning in a 45-minute set preceded by Sean Flannery, Ariana Freeman, and hosted by Kelsie Huff.

Flyer for October 3 show

When I was growing up in Waukegan the theater was kind of run down but still open mostly for movies, by the time I was in junior high it was closed except for an occasional event, but it eventually closed completely. There had been different attempts and plans to refurbish it and I had always hoped they would succeed. Finally, the City of Waukegan bought the building and many volunteers gave their time and money to restore it, and they did an amazing job. It is a beautiful venue and an amazing place to see a show.

Genesee Theater Interior

I am eagerly anticipating this show and am going to do everything I can to pack the place and make sure it’s a night to remember for everyone. If you’re in the Chicago or Milwaukee areas (Waukegan is about halfway between the two) make plans to come to downtown Waukegan for the show. You won’t be disappointed.

Saturday, October 3
Awakenings Comedy Show
The Genesee Theater

203 N. Genesee St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

I’ll be Guest of Honor at MarsCon!

MarsCon Dementia Track Banner

I am really excited to be the Musical Guest of Honor at this year’s MarsCon, a fan-run science fiction and fantasy convention that features an extensive Dementia Music Track. What is Dementia Music, you ask? Comedy, novelty, oddity, and strange music of the kind curated by the great Dr. Demento, who’s syndicated FM radio show was the home of comedy music for decades.

Dr. Demento moved from the FM airwaves to the internet’s data packets and still brings novelty music to his devoted fans every week. I first heard Dr. D’s show when I was in junior high, and the first time one of my songs was played on his show was one of my earliest—and still most cherished—career highlights. Which is why when I say I’m very flattered to be a guest of honor at a convention that brings together his fans and curates music in his spirit you know I mean it.

This year’s lineup of artists is extensive and there will be fun performances all weekend long, including the likes of:

If you’re a Sci Fi and/or comedy music fan and can get to the Twin Cities area the first weekend in March you should definitely come check out this very grass-roots, fan-run convention. They have a fundraiser over at their site, it’s a DIY fest without any corporate backing so if you’d like to help them out I know it would be greatly appreciated. And they have some great rewards for various levels of support.

I hope to see you in the Twin Cities!

© Paravonian