"Dr. Demento" is the stage name of "Barret Eugene Hansen" (born April 2, 1941), a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. He created the persona in 1970 while working at Los Angeles station KPPC-FM.
Beginning January 2008, the weekly "Funny 5" was abandoned and was replaced by a monthly Top Ten.
"The Dr. Demento Show" can also be heard via audio streaming at his official website. Large archives from 1992 to the present, as well as a few select archives from the early 1970s, are available, but the syndicated programs from 1978 to 1992 are not because Westwood One apparently still owns those programs. Some live local shows which aired in Los Angeles from this period are slowly being, with a small per-show fee is levied for this service so as to make the show profitable. As part of the contract between Dr. Demento and radio stations, radio stations are prohibited from streaming the program on any streams the stations provide. Several radio stations have been forced to drop the program because of this policy, thus reducing Dr. Demento's affiliate count, making the show even less appealing to advertisers. A spokesperson for Dr. Demento mentioned in his official forum in October 2007 that the show is working to make "lots of changes" regarding the internet services,
including a new webmaster.
Hansen has developed an interest in the roots of rock 'n' roll in R&B and country music, and he has written about it in many magazine articles, liner notes to compilations and new recordings by a variety of artists, and two chapters on early R&B for "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll". His shows and public appearances display an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of recorded music in general, from the earliest Edison cylinder recordings onward.
Dr. Demento was inducted into the Comedy Music Hall of Fame in June 2005.
In September 2007, Dr. Demento portrayed the role of Hippocrates on "The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd".
== Favorite songs ==
At the end of each year on his syndicated radio show, he counts down the top 25 comedy hits of the year, called the "Funny 25". (From 1972–82, he also did a year-end top 50 countdown for his four-hour live show in Los Angeles, plus a separate pre-taped top 50 in 1979 for San Francisco.) The chart is based on requests, so it is common for classic comedy songs to appear on the chart for many years in a row. Despite that, only four artists have appeared at the top of the chart in two consecutive years; three of those appeared at the top of the charts with two different songs each year, and the fourth is the case of Ogden Edsl, whose song "Dead Puppies" is thus far the only one to appear at the top of the charts two years in a row.
* "Weird Al" Yankovic
: 1980 - "Another One Rides The Bus"
: 1981 - "Yoda" (Original Demo Version)
* Ogden Edsl
: 1982 - "Dead Puppies"
: 1983 - "Dead Puppies"
* The great Luke Ski
: 2002 - "Peter Parker" (with guest vocals by Sudden Death)
: 2003 - "Stealing Like A Hobbit"
* Worm Quartet
: 2004 - "Great Idea For A Song"
: 2005 - "Inner Voice" (as guest vocals for Sudden Death)
* On hunting themed shows, Dr. Demento features the song "Second Week of Deer Camp" by Michigan comedy music group Da Yoopers.
The 1947 song "Pico and Sepulveda" by Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra (actually Freddy Martin & His Orchestra) was frequently featured on Dr. Demento's syndicated radio show.
During the early years of his show, this song became so requested, and hence played, that the "Doctor" decided to give the song a special status. From May 1973 onward, the song was played once a month, on the first Sunday of every month, at the end of a set of songs about the Los Angeles area. The Doctor's unidirectional covenant he made with his listeners was that in exchange for playing this same song "ad infinitum" once a month via this special arrangement, it was thereafter voided from ever being voted upon, requested, and/or played in any monthly Top 10 or annual Top 50 format. Since July 1974, a version of this song by the Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band has been used as his opening theme.
== Discography ==
A number of compilations have been released by Dr. Demento, including:
* "Dr. Demento's Delights" (1975)
* "Dr. Demento's Dementia Royale" (1980)
* "Dr. Demento's Mementos" (1982)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time Volume I: The 1940s (and Before)" (1985)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume II: The 1950s" (1985)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume III: The 1960s" (1985)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume IV: The 1970s" (1985)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume V: The 1980s" (1985)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume VI: Christmas" (1985)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty CD of All Time" (1988)
* "Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time" (1989)
* "Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection" (1991)
* "Dr. Demento 25th Anniversary Collection" (1996)
* "Dr. Demento 2000! 30th Anniversary Collection" (2001)
== Affiliates list ==
* KACV-FM 89.9 FM: Amarillo, Texas
* WLUP 97.9 FM: Chicago, Illinois, Sunday 11 PM - 1 AM
* WLVQ 96.3 FM: Columbus, Ohio, Sunday 8 - 10 AM
* KLOO 106.3 FM: Corvallis, Oregon, Sunday 7 - 9 PM
* KOZT 95.3 FM: Fort Bragg, California, Sunday 9 - 11 PM
* WRKH 96.1 FM: Mobile, Alabama
* WTKW 99.5 FM: Syracuse, New York
Referenced from Wikipedia: Dr. Demento