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The Dementia Hall of Fame

Formerly The LAFFS Hall of Fame

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Rule: All nominees must have existed as a performer, product, profession, or otherwise introduced into the entertainment scene for at least 25 years.

Inductees for the Year 2016

This year's inductees:

1. Modern

  • Modern: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1980 or later. Acts must be at least 25 years old. This is the era when novelty acts had much greater difficulty hitting the singles charts and getting airplay on radio.
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    2. Old Timers

  • Old Timers: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1955 and no later than 1979, the common era when popular music charts once had an occasional novelty act hitting the top 10 every once in a while. It's also the era when The Dr. Demento show first came onto the syndication radio scene in 1974.
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    3. Pioneers

  • Pioneers: Artists who first came onto the scene prior to the year 1955.
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    4. Radio

  • Radio: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the radio. Comedic actors, comedians, radio commercials, announcers.
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    5. Screen

  • Screen: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the screen, with contributions to sound and/or prose secondary. Comedic actors, stand-up, stage, announcers, voice actors, TV commercials, comedians.
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    5a. Screen: TV Shows

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    5b. Screen: Movies

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    6. Prose

  • Prose: Authors, columists, humorists, editorial cartoonists, comic strips, and other people who contribute to dementia on pen and paper or similar means.
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    7. Behind The Scenes

  • Behind The Scenes: People whose contribution to dementia is primarily off screen and off the radio. Producers, directors, screenwriters, engineers, company executives, animators, illustrators, painters, etc.
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    8. Non-Participants

  • Non-Participants: People who made most of their contributions to the land of dementia not directly involved in the creation process. Journalists, reviewers, critics, bloggers, historians, documentarists, educators, commentators, show hosts (non-acting), audio or video deejays, and other presenters and non-creators.
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    Background

    Dementia includes the physical forms of audio, video, and written media. It not only includes acts that are primarily recording artists, it also includes actors in TV, movies, and stage, as well as humorists who write in newspaper columnists and published literary works. It also includes radio deejays that are noted for playing funny music.

    For recording artists that are not primarily dementia artists, we'll list a novelty song that made them a mainstay in the land of dementia.

    For recording artists, we'll list the song that made than famous or their most notable recording. If anyone aside of the recording artist categories had a notable dementia recording, then we'll list it.

    The Dementia Hall of Fame inductees are separated into six categories.

    1. Modern: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1980 or later. Acts must be at least 25 years old. This is the era when novelty acts had much greater difficulty hitting the singles charts and getting airplay on radio.
    2. Old Timers: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1955 and no later than 1979, the common era when popular music charts once had an occasional novelty act hitting the top 10 every once in a while. It's also the era when The Dr. Demento show first came onto the syndication radio scene in 1974.
    3. Pioneers: Artists who first came onto the scene prior to the year 1955.
    4. Radio: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the radio. Comedic actors, comedians, radio commercials, announcers.
    5. Screen: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the screen, with contributions to sound and/or prose secondary. Comedic actors, stand-up, stage, announcers, voice actors, TV commercials, comedians.
    6. Prose: Authors, columists, humorists, editorial cartoonists, comic strips, and other people who contribute to dementia on pen and paper or similar means.
    7. Behind The Scenes: People whose contribution to dementia is primarily off screen and off the radio. Producers, directors, screenwriters, engineers, company executives, animators, illustrators, painters, etc.
    8. Non-Participants: People who made most of their contributions to the land of dementia apart from their roles as recording artists, actors, or writers. Journalists, reviewers, critics, bloggers, historians, documentarists, educators, commentators, show hosts (non-acting), audio or video deejays, and other presenters and non-creators.
    The Modern category is expected to grow as the years go on and more dementia artists will then be eligible. Artists have to be first on the scene for at least 25 years before they can be nominated.

    Supplemental Inductees for the Year 2014

    We've inducted the first 103 funny acts in April of 2014, and by a special secret election via e-mail, here's another 25 inductees for the year of 2014.

    1. Modern

  • Modern: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1980 or later. Acts must be at least 25 years old. This is the era when novelty acts had much greater difficulty hitting the singles charts and getting airplay on radio.
  • 2014 - Uncle Vic (Space Invaders)

    2. Old Timers

  • Old Timers: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1955 and no later than 1979, the common era when popular music charts once had an occasional novelty act hitting the top 10 every once in a while. It's also the era when The Dr. Demento show first came onto the syndication radio scene in 1974.
  • 2014 - Hank, Stu, Dave And Hank (My Dead Dog Rover)
  • 2014 - Damaskas (Making Love in a Subaru)

    3. Pioneers

  • Pioneers: Artists who first came onto the scene prior to the year 1955.
  • 2014 - Cab Calloway (Minnie The Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song))
  • 2014 - Ben Light And His Surf Club Boys (Christmas Balls)

    4. Radio

  • Radio: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the radio. Comedic actors, comedians, radio commercials, announcers.
  • 2014 - American Comedy Network (radio prep service supplying comedic material)

    5. Screen

  • Screen: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the screen, with contributions to sound and/or prose secondary. Comedic actors, stand-up, stage, announcers, voice actors, TV commercials, comedians.
  • 2014 - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
  • 2014 - Bob Hope
  • 2014 - Jerry Lewis
  • 2014 - Pinto Colvig (cartoon voicist)
  • 2014 - Paul Winchell (cartoon voicist)
  • 2014 - Lucille Ball
  • 2014 - Dan Aykroyd (also in Old Timers as The Blues Brothers)
  • 2014 - John Belushi (also in Old Timers as The Blues Brothers)
  • 2014 - Gilda Radner
  • 2014 - Bill Murray
  • 2014 - Gene Wilder

    5a. Screen: TV Shows

  • 2014 - Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

    6. Prose

  • Prose: Authors, columists, humorists, editorial cartoonists, comic strips, and other people who contribute to dementia on pen and paper or similar means.
  • 2014 - Charles E. Schultz (Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peanuts)
  • 2014 - Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (Bloom County)
  • 2014 - Johnny Hart (B.C.)
  • 2014 - Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)

    7. Behind The Scenes

  • Behind The Scenes: People whose contribution to dementia is primarily off screen and off the radio. Producers, directors, screenwriters, engineers, company executives, animators, illustrators, painters, etc.
  • 2014 - George Lucas (Star Wars)
  • 2014 - Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek)

    8. Non-Participants

  • Non-Participants: People who made most of their contributions to the land of dementia not directly involved in the creation process. Journalists, reviewers, critics, bloggers, historians, documentarists, educators, commentators, show hosts (non-acting), audio or video deejays, and other presenters and non-creators.
  • 2014 - Howard Stern
  • 2014 - David Letterman
  • 2014 - Johnny Carson

    The Inductees 2014

    1. Modern

  • Modern: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1980 or later. Acts must be at least 25 years old. This is the era when novelty acts had much greater difficulty hitting the singles charts and getting airplay on radio.
  • 2014 - Barry and the Bookbinders (She Grabbed My Coconuts)
  • 2014 - Bryan Bowers (The Scotsman)
  • 2014 - Buckner and Garcia (Pac-Man Fever)
  • 2014 - Da Yoopers (Rusty Chevrolet)
  • 2014 - Cassandra Peterson (famous as Elvira) (Monsta Rap)
  • 2014 - John Mammoser (Nine Coronas)
  • 2014 - Julie Brown (Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun)
  • 2014 - Kip Addotta (Wet Dream)
  • 2014 - Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper (Elvis is Everywhere)
  • 2014 - The Beastly Boys (Squirrels)
  • 2014 - The Beat Farmers (Happy Boy)
  • 2014 - The Firm (Star Trekkin')
  • 2014 - The Fools (Psycho Chicken)
  • 2014 - The Frantics (Boot to the Head)
  • 2014 - The KLF alias The Timelords (Doctorin' the Tardis)
  • 2014 - The Toyes (Smoke Two Joints)
  • 2014 - They Might Be Giants (Birdhouse In Your Soul)
  • 2014 - Tim Cavanagh (99 Dead Baboons)
  • 2014 - Tom "T-Bone" Stankus (Existential Blues)
  • 2014 - Uncle Vic (Space Invaders)
  • 2014 - Whimsical Will (Hey, Batman!)

    2. Old Timers

  • Old Timers: Artists who first came onto the scene in 1955 and no later than 1979, the common era when popular music charts once had an occasional novelty act hitting the top 10 every once in a while. It's also the era when The Dr. Demento show first came onto the syndication radio scene in 1974.
  • 2014 - "Weird Al" Yankovic (Another One Rides The Bus)
  • 2014 - Allan Sherman (Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp))
  • 2014 - Barnes and Barnes (Fish Heads)
  • 2014 - Bobby Boris Pickett (Monster Mash, Star Drek)
  • 2014 - Peter Ferrare (Star Drek)
  • 2014 - Buchanan and Goodman (The Flying Saucer)
  • 2014 - Cheech and Chong (Earache, My Eye Featuring Alice Bowie)
  • 2014 - Chuck Berry (My Ding-a-Ling)
  • 2014 - Chuck Wagon and the Wheels (Disco Sucks)
  • 2014 - Damascus (Making Love in a Subaru)
  • 2014 - Devo (Whip It)
  • 2014 - Dickie Goodman (Mr. Jaws)
  • 2014 - Firesign Theater (The Holygram's Song (Back From The Shadows Again))
  • 2014 - Frank Gallop (The Ballad of Irving)
  • 2014 - Frank Zappa (Call Any Vegetable)
  • 2014 - Freddie Blassie (Pencil Neck Geek)
  • 2014 - George Carlin (Seven Words You Cannot Say on Television)
  • 2014 - Hudson and Landry (Ajax Liquor Store)
  • 2014 - Jack Ross (Cinderella)
  • 2014 - Jan and Dean (Sidewalk Surfin')
  • 2014 - Jef Jaisun (Friendly Neighborhood Narco Agent)
  • 2014 - Jerry Reed (Amos Moses)
  • 2014 - Jim Stafford (Wildwood Weed)
  • 2014 - John Hartford (Boogie)
  • 2014 - Johnny Bond (Hot Rod Lincoln)
  • 2014 - Johnny Cash (A Boy Named Sue)
  • 2014 - Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group (Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight)?)
  • 2014 - Loudon Wainwright III (Dead Skunk)
  • 2014 - Martin Mull (Men)
  • 2014 - Meri Wilson (Telephone Man)
  • 2014 - Jerry Samuels aka Napoleon XIV (They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!)
  • 2014 - National Lampoon (Deteriorata)
  • 2014 - Nervous Norvus (Transfusion)
  • 2014 - Nilsson (Coconut)
  • 2014 - Ogden Edsl (Dead Puppies)
  • 2014 - R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders (My Girl's Pussy)
  • 2014 - Randy Newman (Short People)
  • 2014 - Ray Stevens (The Streak)
  • 2014 - Roger Miller (You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd)
  • 2014 - Rolf Harris (Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport)
  • 2014 - Rose and The Arrangement (The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati)
  • 2014 - Shel Silverstein (The Smokeoff) (also in Prose)
  • 2014 - Stevens and Grdnic (Fast Food)
  • 2014 - Talking Heads (Psycho Killer)
  • 2014 - The Beatles (You Know My Name, Look Up The Number)
  • 2014 - The Blues Brothers (Rubber Biscuit)
  • 2014 - The Chipmunks Featuring The Music of David Seville (The Chipmunk Song)
  • 2014 - The Coasters (Yakety Yak)
  • 2014 - The Holy Modal Rounders (Boobs-a-Lot)
  • 2014 - The Monkees (Gonna Buy Me a Dog)
  • 2014 - The Ran-Dells (Martian Hop)
  • 2014 - The Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band (March of the Cuckoos)
  • 2014 - The Trashmen (Surfin' Bird)

    3. Pioneers

  • Pioneers: Artists who first came onto the scene prior to the year 1955.
  • 2014 - Benny Bell (Shaving Cream)
  • 2014 - Eddie Lawrence (The Old Philosopher)
  • 2014 - Felix Figueroa (Pico and Sepulveda)
  • 2014 - Haywire Mac (Ain't We Crazy)
  • 2014 - Larry Vincent and His Look Out Boys (The Freckle Song)
  • 2014 - Ruth Wallis (Davy's Dinghy)
  • 2014 - Spike Jones (Cocktails For Two)
  • 2014 - Stan Freberg (St. George and The Dragonet) (also in Radio, Prose, Behind The Scenes)
  • 2014 - The Goons (Ying Tong Song)
  • 2014 - Tom Lehrer (Poisoning Pigeons in the Park)

    4. Radio

  • Radio: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the radio. Comedic actors, comedians, radio commercials, announcers.
  • 2014 - Bob and Ray
  • 2014 - Hudson and Landry
  • 2014 - Bob Rivers (also in Modern)

    5. Screen

  • Screen: Artists whose contribution to dementia are primarily for the screen, with contributions to sound and/or prose secondary. Comedic actors, stand-up, stage, announcers, voice actors, TV commercials, comedians.
  • 2014 - Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (also in Radio)
  • 2014 - Bill Cosby (also in Old Timers)
  • 2014 - Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas (as Bob and Doug McKenzie and in other roles)
  • 2014 - Groucho Marx (also in Pioneers, Radio, Non-Participants as game show host)
  • 2014 - Jack Benny (also in Radio)
  • 2014 - Jim Backus
  • 2014 - Leonard Nimoy
  • 2014 - Mel Blanc (cartoon voicist)
  • 2014 - Mel Brooks (also in Behind the Scenes as producer)
  • 2014 - Monty Python (also in Old Timers)
  • 2014 - Robin Williams
  • 2014 - Steve Martin
  • 2014 - William Shatner

    5a. Screen: TV Shows

  • 2014 - NBC's Saturday Night Live

    6. Prose

  • Prose: Authors, columists, humorists, editorial cartoonists, comic strips, and other people who contribute to dementia on pen and paper or similar means.
  • 2014 - Will Rogers
  • 2014 - Erma Bombeck

    7. Behind The Scenes

  • Behind The Scenes: People whose contribution to dementia is primarily off screen and off the radio. Producers, directors, screenwriters, engineers, company executives, animators, illustrators, painters, etc.
  • 2014 - Chuck Jones (animator)
  • 2014 - Warner Brothers (cartoon producers)

    8. Non-Participants

  • Non-Participants: People who made most of their contributions to the land of dementia not directly involved in the creation process. Journalists, reviewers, critics, bloggers, historians, documentarists, educators, commentators, show hosts (non-acting), audio or video deejays, and other presenters and non-creators.
  • 2014 - Dr. Demento aka Barret E. Hansen (Radio show host)
  • 2014 - Rick Dees (Radio show host)
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