Dr. Demento

Oh … I’m only ten, and I already got two mortal enemies. — Bart, “Sideshow Bob Roberts”

At least as threatening as Kelsey Grammer, Barret Eugene Hansen, also known as Dr. Demento, began haunting the radio airwaves in the 1970s, where he brought his mixture of comedy, obscure recordings, and general dementia to the Los Angeles-area FM band. Kind of like this:

(That was in fact his voice in “Sideshow Bob Roberts”, by the way.)

In addition to his wacky DJ duties (the “Funny Five” being his countdown of the day’s hottest novelty tracks), Demento also happened on some pretty interesting interviewees in his day, not the least of which was a certain composer:

You can find a run-down of his broadcasts here. Note that he managed to bring on Bette Midler in ’76. The parallels are just impossible to resist.

Though Demento left the radio airwaves a couple of years back, the streaming version of his show can be accessed online here. Stay demented, friends.

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