Frequent comparisons to Will Rogers and Dorothy Parker, and Burns & Allen notwithstanding, Lou & Peter Berryman are originals, melding midwestern culture with street smart savvy. With influences as diverse as Woody Guthrie, Gilbert & Sullivan and Jacques Brel, but always with a twist of their own, Lou and Peter Berryman write songs of inventive and intelligent humor. Their whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance of these hilarious and quirky, oddly profound songs leaves audiences with cheeks aching from smiling.
Formerly married and longtime friends, in their more than 25 years together, Lou & Peter have recorded 14 albums of their original songs, and produced 2 songbooks. Such venerable and prestigious venues as Berkeley's Freight & Salvage, The Old Town School of Music in Chicago, The Ark in Ann Arbor, New York's Caffe Lena and Passim in Cambridge have hosted them regularly. They have performed frequently on national public radio including Minnesota's A Prairie Home Companion, and they have played at most major folk festivals across North America. They tour throughout the year, and make their homes in Madison, Wisconsin.
Originality and invention pervades the careers of these two, as, in addition to writing words and music, they run their own mom-and-pop musical enterprise, handling booking and tour arrangements, scheduling, promotion, recording, artwork, layout and record distribution themselves.
Rhymes that rhyme! I love your stuff, and if I were still performing, I'd steal it!... Tom Lehrer
When it comes to being funny, I think I've spent the first thirty years trying to be as funny as Tom Lehrer and the last part will be trying to be as funny as the Berrymans. They don't come any funnier than that... Tom Paxton
Lou & Peter gave 2 hours of delightfully humorous entertainment. The audience laughed and chuckled continuously, and it was all clever, clean fun. We will definitely have these two back. Ferris State U., Big Rapids, MI
Lou & Peter Berryman! Long may they wave! Their song, "A Chat with your Mother" is one of the great American folksongs of the 20th century. Pete Seeger