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Sick Humor

by Carla Ulbrich

Funny songs: Hospital and Waiting Room Humor as told by "The Singing Patient" (from personal experience). All Parodies, with 7 studio (full band) tracks and 3 live (solo, in concert) tracks.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Sittin' In the Waiting Room
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2. On The Commode Again
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3. Patient 2946065
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4. Prednisone
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5. Little Brown Jug
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6. (I'm a) Specialist
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7. The Colon
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8. What If Your Butt Was Gone
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9. (Happy To Be) Stuck By You
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10. I Got Tremors
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"getting sick = fun music"- "Dig This real" magazine

It's sick! It's twisted! And it all really happened!

If you are a nurse, have a chronic or serious illness, love parody music (such as Weird Al), or otherwise just like to laugh, you will get many grins out of this CD.

Tales from the hospital and doctors' waiting rooms from The Singing Patient (Carla Ulbrich), who has survived kidney failure, severe anemia, a stroke, and, worst of all, 8 days in the hospital...

Carla was a full-time performing musician before the health fiasco, and had to re-learn to play the guitar from scratch after having a stroke in 2002. For over a year she shuffled from specialist to specialist in her poofy Snoopy slippers (her feet were to swollen to wear shoes) and synthetic wig (there is no cure for vanity), and until she could play guitar again, her creative outlet was writing parodies- taking familiar tunes and re-writing the lyrics.

In this case, the songs she wrote reflected the reality of a frustrated patient in a dehumanizing health case system (that would be ours, you know the USA's). Many of the lyrics were written in doctors' waiting rooms (including the first song "Sittin' in the Waiting Room").

There is plenty of humor to be found in the darkest of times, and a great deal of truth is told amid the yuks.

The parodied songs are borrowed from Huey Lewis, the Pretenders, Lloyd Price, George Gershwin, and even Carla herself. "What If Your Butt Was Gone" was the #8 most requested song of the entire year (2004) on Dr. Demento's Nationally syndicated radio program.

The music is played by a band so good, you'll think it's karaoke tracks, but it's not. And who's that fantastic guitar player in the band? That's right, it's Carla, with her hands fully recovered.

Writing these songs and recording this project has added a new dimension to Carla's touring schedule- she often finds herself playing for nurses and caregivers at conventions and parties. Patients often give a copy to their doctors or nurses, which makes for great conversation. Though once in a while a patient may not find the CD funny because it's "Too soon," pretty much anyone who works in health care will laugh 'til their "butt is gone."

"A marvelous and heartfelt (and very funny, of course) piece of work." - Dr Demento

"Love it. Cure for the blues." - John McLaughlin, WMUC

"Absolutely brilliant parodies, I nearly got
in a wreck a couple of times I was laughing so hard. And the production was fantastic..." - Tony F, fan

"We want more Carla! I really lost it when I heard what if your butt was gone! I couldn't resist putting On The Camode Again and What If Your Butt Was Gone on the air back to back, or should I say Cheek to Cheek!"
- Byron Lee, host, "The Fun Zone" WTND


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Liz White

I've bought 6 copies, I love this so much!!
This is the most awesome CD ever. I bought several copies to give to friends, and to some of the many wonderful employees at my father's nursing home. I've been to so many doctor appointments with him, he has cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers. He loves this CD too, and Carla has enabled me to laugh about one of the saddest parts of my life. THANK YOU CARLA!!

Ally Kent England

Brilliant!!
This is the best cd I have bought in years. It is guaranteed to make you laugh. It is certainly a cd I will buy to give to my friends (ill or not) as presents. Excellent, can't stop playing it. Even my grandchildren loved it.

Marilyn

Hilarious and uplifting!
This CD was perfect for the MANY relatives I have that have some type of cancer (its rampid in KY)! It is so difficult to find the right thing to say in such a terrible situation and even more difficult to find humor in the situation. We all know laughter is the best medicine, so thanks for all of your help. (Don't send me a bill for your services, though, please!):-)

Carlos McCauley


... a really good show. Her material is pretty remarkable. I find it thoughtful, funny, sensitive, kind of out in "left field,"-- like I used to find Steve Martin's humor... clever, a talented guitarist, and a stage presence that convinces audiences that the characters she sings about, she really cares about, or she knows something about them... the monologs between tunes really work tying the songs to universal (as well as unique) experiences audiences can identify.

Carlos McCauley


... a really good show. Her material is pretty remarkable. I find it thoughtful, funny, sensitive, kind of out in "left field,"-- like I used to find Steve Martin's humor... clever, a talented guitarist, and a stage presence that convinces audiences that the characters she sings about, she really cares about, or she knows something about them... the monologs between tunes really work tying the songs to universal (as well as unique) experiences audiences can identify.

Kevin's Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews


Back in the 1960s, author Norman Cousins first twined the provinces of humor and healing. Consider this release an update, the musical, funnier version for the 2000s.

Craig's Music Club

Real Sick
The package arrived in the mailbox with a hot pink Band-Aid® marked "Sick Humor." I knew instantly that I was in for a something different. This is a collection of darkly funny songs sung with tongue firmly in cheek and an optimistic viewpoint that is truly "contagious." During a long illness, where she spent lots of time in hospital beds and "Sittin' in the Waiting Room", Carla Ulbrich ("ole-brick") did what a lot of creative folks have done over the years: she wrote parodies. Sick Humor contains ten, one of of her own song "What if Your Girlfriend Was Gone". Every period of music is covered here, from the Gershwin Brothers' to Willie Nelson. Her duplications of the Pretenders and Tommy Tutone are remarkable. Even the Love Boat theme and the beloved and much-vulgarized "Colonel Bogey's March" from Bridge on the River Kwai don't escape Ulbrich's particular brand of satire. Though it's a little heavy on the scatology for my taste, Sick Humor is a terrific showcase for Ulbrich's quirky sense of humor and her eclectic taste in music. Not only is it a view of "The Lighter Side of Illness," it also makes me want to check out the other recordings she has made. And, of course, wish her the best of health.

Susan Mc

Carla's CD is great!
Carla Ulbrich is a wonderful guitar player, and her voice is great, too. This CD is all parodies (her first two were original pieces). They are extremely funny, and the music is nicely done. Not to be missed!

Alison Kent England

Best cd I have bought in ages! Excellent!
This cd is absolutely brilliant. My grandchildren loved it as much as I did. What a wonderful sense of humour ... but so true about hospitals etc

tgjad

Anyone who's ever been to the hospital can relate to this one!
A little bit of seriousness comes into the undertones of this one. All of the songs are parodies of what you go through being sick or medicines and their effects on you. A few of the songs are also from live performances. Overall I enjoyed it very much - hopefully you will too.
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