Dr. Demento (AKA Barret Eugene Hansen) is a disc jockey and ethnomusicologist who achieved fame and/or infamy with his long-running syndicated radio program which features strange and bizarre novelty tunes of every type and description. Along with reviving popular interest in performers such as Spike Jones
and Tom Lehrer
, he introduced "Weird Al" Yankovic
to the world, which is pretty much a lifetime achievement in itself. Other performers often associated with his show include Da Yoopers
, Napoleon XIV
, and The Great Luke Ski
The show continues to air weekly via the Internet.
He is reportedly
one of Bart Simpson's arch-enemies.
Off the air, he has an extensive knowledge of music history, and has written articles, essays, and liner notes on a wide variety of music subjects.
Tropes associated with the good Doctor: