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An Evening of ‘Funny Folk’ Music: Dennis McDoNoUgh + Carla Ulbrich
March 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tickets for this event are available at the Cinema Arts Centre on the day of the performance. Prices are $10 for FMSH and Cinema Arts Centre Members / $15 for Nonmembers. There are no advance tickets for this event.
Funny Folk: Two New Jersey-based comical singer-songwriters— Dennis MC DoNoUgh! and Carla Ulbrich – share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY) on Thursday, March 21. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m.
Dennis MC DoNoUgh! writes, sings, and plays a caustic guitar. On occasion, he performs in the guise of “McMonikered” alter-egomaniacs aka Juice Brucesteen, BRUCE FRANKENSTEEN &The Fun Ghouls!, Repeat Seeger, ELFIS! Presley, Johnny Cash Cow, Bovine Diddley, Politicow, Dennis McDOGma, Dennis McJagger & The Rolling Blarney Stones, InSANiTY Claus, and FUNcle D!, among others.
MC DoNoUgh! brings his unique brand of “Icono-classic Folk From The Far Side” to the Hard Luck Cafe after impressing folks during a short unplugged song swap at last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival and his February appearance as “Dennis McLennon & Folko Ono” in their “BED-IN For FOLK!” at the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal, Canada. He returns to Huntington not merely to entertain, but “to educate, inform, enlighten, incite, and inspire!,” says MC DoNoUgh!. “Dig it yourself.”
A Clemson, South Carolina native, Carla Ulbrich has performed at the Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, South Florida and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and at such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s Bluebird Café and NYC’s The Bitter End, among others. Ulbrich — who cites Sesame Street, camp songs and cat food commercials as her biggest musical influences – is primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the ‘F’ word. On her 2016 release, Totally Average Woman, she also tiptoes into the social commentary realm with songs that touch on non-smokers’ rights, classroom animal dissection, and low-slung pants.
The Funny Music Project honored Ulbrich with the 2016 Logan Award for Outstanding Parody Song for “Cheek To Cheek,” one of the album’s tracks. Set to the tune of Irving Berlin’s song of the same name, this “Cheek To Cheek” is a witty commentary on cosmetic improvements (plastic surgery, botox and steroid injections).
Ulbrich is a survivor of catastrophic illness, which resulted in her book How Can You Not Laugh at a Time Like This and a CD of medical parodies entitled Sick Humor that lampoons her frustrating experiences with the U.S. health care system. After a full recovery, Ulbrich is back to doing what she does best — writing and performing funny songs. Her songs are regularly played on, Dr. Demento, Pandora.com, Sirius XM’s Laugh USA Radio, and a number of community and college radio stations. She has toured throughout the US and parts of the UK, once shared the bill with Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, and was a background actor in Sharknado 2. (carlau.com)