Musical humorists Lou and Peter Berryman will perform in East Lansing on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at The Peoples Church. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

For more than 35 years, Lou and Peter Berryman have been mainstays on the folk music circuit. Their hilarious original songs have won devoted fans around the country, including Tom Lehrer, Pete Seeger, Garrison Keillor, Tom Paxton, and Christine Lavin, who called them “the funniest thing on four legs.”

From their home base in Madison, Wisc., they’ve traveled to most folk venues in America, including many concerts at the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing and the Ark in Ann Arbor, plus appearances on public radio shows like “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Weekend Edition.”

Bob Blackman, former host of WKAR Radio’s “The Folk Tradition” program, will emcee the concert. Blackman regularly featured the Berrymans’ albums on his show, and names them as his favorite songwriters.

“No one else writes such consistently funny and clever songs,” he said. “There are so many levels of humor in their work, so many original ideas and wordplay. I’ve heard some of their songs a hundred times and I still laugh out loud. And somehow, to my amazement, their work gets even better with each new album. Plus, Lou and Peter are two of the most charming performers on any concert stage.”

Lou and Peter Berryman began their musical partnership in high school in Appleton, Wisconsin, in the Sixties. As their biography explains, “their friendship survived a brief marriage,” and since the late Seventies they’ve made their career as a performing duo. Peter writes the lyrics and plays the 12-string guitar, Lou writes the melodies and plays accordion, and they both sing.

The Berrymans have recorded 18 albums, most recently “I Don’t Get It” in 2014. They’ve just published the third edition of their songbook with over 200 original songs spanning their entire career. Their compositions have also been recorded by the Chenille Sisters (“Your State’s Name Here”), Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt (“Why Am I Painting the Living Room?”), Peggy Seeger, and Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen (who released an entire CD of Lou and Peter’s songs, “Berrymania”).

Learn more about Lou and Peter Berryman at LouAndPeter.com.

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