Karaoke Night in the Cantina

Make a version of the song “West Coast” (by Coconut Records) in the style of the Star Wars cantina band, complete with singing aliens.


A big Thank You to Chris Hardwick and everyone at Nerdist, Jason Schwarzman (he is Coconut Records), Billy Dee Williams for stopping by Phirmilab (WHAAAAT?!), Dannah for being the voice of the Tonnika Sisters, Theresa Patten-Köckert for being the female half of the choir with me (at the end of the song), and Ben Burtt for being a genius.

(Ben Burtt is the sound designer for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Wall-E… everything with great sound and amazing voices. I’ve learned a lot about him and his work in the last few months, and he is now one of my heros. Check out his book “The Sounds of Star Wars” — it’s incredible!)

PS. I got to shoot Greedo! For no good reason!

“Gersberms (Yer Gervin Mah)”

In keeping with our love for songs that are listenable but pretty much impossible to sing along with, Hard ‘n Phirm presents: “Gersberms (Yer Gervin Mah)” featuring Hayley Williams (from Paramore), Melissa Rauch (from Big Bang Theory), and an excitable little foreign dude.

Not familiar with the “Ermahgerd” meme?
Read this! http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ermahgerd

Hangout with us!

Join me LIVE online tomorrow night at 8pm for…

Kristen Rutherford (Attack of the Show, Wired’s Geek Mom) and I host this G+ hangout on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  This month: MUSIC.  We’ll hang out with Jonathan CoultonBrett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) & Gina Gurewitz, and Paul Sabourin (Paul & Storm).

Watch live at youtube.com/geekandsundry at 8pm (PDT)

I swear it’s not just parents talking about how adorable their kids’ poops are.  It’s geeky parents sharing ideas on having fun with geeky kids (and… alright… occasionally mentioning their geeky poops).

*If you miss it, it will be available on YouTube, right next to Episode 1 and Episode 2!

UPDATE: Or watch it here…

Question or suggestion for the show?  Email me or leave a comment!

w00tstock — The Song

Well, looky here!  Or even better, listeny here!  ‘Cause it’s a new song!

Proudly features vocals by my best buddy Chris Hardwick & new old pals Paul and Storm.

It’s a tribute parody about the geek-themed variety show “w00tstock“, which is itself a geek-themed tribute to the Woodstock festival, created by Paul and Storm, Adam Savage, and Wil Wheaton.  (I’m very lucky to have been invited to perform in several of them. They really are little love-fests, like Woodstock, minus the mud and with more “On” buttons.)

It’s a parody of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s incredible cover of “Woodstock” (orig. by Joni Mitchell), which you younger fans might not be familiar with, but which you should definitely get.

Sketching Sketchy Dudes

So, the other day, master cartoonist and very nice dude Len Peralta told me that he just used one of my songs—”Sketchy Dudes“—in one of his cartooning lessons. “!!!,” I emoted.

He was kind enough to post a couple of his favorites:

A big thanks to Len (aka @jawboneradio, creator of “Geek a Week” trading cards) for the nod, and “Bravo!” to my three new favorite artists in the entire world.

(Note: the last one was made by the very talented Shawn Sabourin, daughter of master songwriter and very funny dude Paul Sabourin (who is one half of my comedy music heroes, Paul and Storm (who have written songs about “Star Wars” (a film that features Harrison Ford (who was in “Working Girl” with Oliver Platt (who was in “Loverboy” with Kevin Bacon))))).)

Aha aha…