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I Got Yule Babe

by Joel Kopischke

The funniest Christmas music ever -- an eclectic collection with parodies & originals in a wide variety of styles from polka to punk, big band to blues, country to klezmer, & maybe even some other alliterative pairs, all for your holiday comedy enjoyment.
Genre: Spoken Word: Song Parody
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1. I Got Yule Babe
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2. Criminy Cripes, It's Christmas!
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3. Santa's Back In Town
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4. A Harry Potter Christmas
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5. That's A Menorah
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6. Christmas In The Sun
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7. Stupid Christmas Song
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8. A Ring-A-Ding-Ding, It's Santa
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9. If I Had A Secret Santa
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10. Bowling Wonderland
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11. All I Want For Christmas
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12. Shopping Mall Of Broken Dreams
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13. Beneath The Tree
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14. I'm Your Snowman, Baby
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15. A Merry Tourette's Christmas
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16. O Festivus
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'The "must-have" holiday CD of the year...
Flying higher than Rudolph on triple eggnogs.'
-- Patrick Fineran, Racine Journal Times

'Holiday music "Weird" Al Yankovic-style with hilarious results.'
-- Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

'It's fantastic. Not only a hilarious writer, but the performances and arrangements are first rate, right on the money, artful and impressive.'
-- David Friedman, songwriter, arranger & conductor

Joel Kopischke - The Facts

Milwaukee native Joel Kopischke has been performing professionally for over 25 years, proving that singing loudly can be a sought-after commodity.

Joel is a regular in the regional musical theatre and cabaret circuit, having appeared with Skylight Opera Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, American Folklore Theatre, Door County's Third Avenue Playhouse, Madison Opera, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work here in Wisconsin, Kopischke's expertise in cabaret-style performance has taken him to Chicago's Royal George, Davenport's and beyond. He has toured Europe and much of the United States singing everything from Gershwin to Mozart, everywhere from his mom's Women's Club to Paris and South Africa. In addition to live performance, he has been featured in radio and television commercials and jingles for several Fortune 500 companies across the nation.

As a songwriter, Kopischke has written and performed original tunes, with local composer Jamie Johns, in cabaret performances at the Skylight Opera Theatre. He wrote "The Gift" with award-winning composer David Friedman. And he performed his original song "One World" at Milwaukee's 1996 Olympic Torch Run ceremony with Senegalese drummer N'Dongo "Lucky" Diopp and WAMI-award winning bands Oasis and Leahy's Luck. Kopischke has written several cabaret-style shows and revues, including Hooray For Hollywood produced by Broadway Baby dinner theatre; and has written original and adapted works produced by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

As part of an international Peace Run, Kopischke performed in Sedona, Arizona and at the closing ceremonies at the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza and can be heard on "May Peace Prevail On Earth-The Peace Music Initiative."

Joel has studied with, performed with, and/or collaborated with Ann Hampton Callaway, Amanda McBroom, Ron Cohn, Shelly Markham, Julie Wilson, John de Lancie, Tony Randall, Monty Hall, Anne Jeffreys, Susan Watson, Van Johnson, Kurt Ollmann, Anthony Crivello, and David Friedman.

Additionally, Kopischke is a member of WAMI, ASCAP, the Dramatist's Guild, and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, and has performed stand-up comedy.

He is a Milwaukee native and a graduate of Wauwatosa West High School (1982) and Waukesha's Carroll College (1985).


What the critics say...

Listen To My Heart - The Songs of David Friedman
Performer
"Joel Kopischke performs a broad range of songs. He proves to be quite versatile, playing a perfectly modulated comic piece (If You Love Me, Please Don't Feed Me), proceeding through heartfelt love (Trick of Fate) into existential longing (Catch Me)."
- Russ Bickerstaff, OnMilwaukee.com

A Cudahy Caroler Christmas - In Tandem Theatre
Performer
"When Kopischke's character dons a bowling glove and belts out 'O Bowling Night,' he brings down the house."
- Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hooray For Hollywood - Broadway Baby Dinner Theatre
Writer, director and performer
"Kopischke has added material and reworked the show since it was first staged at Broadway Baby, making it tighter and giving it more personality. As the director, he has continued the improvement, transforming what had been a rather bland series of songs, chatter and comic material into a sharply focused and crisply entertaining two hours of fun. ... Kopischke and Miller are terrific as Groucho and Chico Marx..."
- Damien Jacques, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Chess - Stepping Out Productions
Performer
"Joel Kopischke (Freddy Trumper) effusively portrays the aggressive petulance of the American player... Kopischke's finesse in evolving his character's turbulence and self- awareness is superb and essential to the unfolding of this intricate story."
- Dianna DeMond, OnMilwaukee.com

Early Songs and Sketches by Noel Coward - In Tandem Theatre
Performer
"Every word of Coward's witty lyrics is clearly heard, even in Kopischke's rendition of 'I've Been to a Marvelous Party,' throughout which he becomes more and more hilariously inebriated."
- Elaine Schmidt, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Spitfire Grill - American Folklore Theatre
Performer
"The folky sound of Sheriff Joe Sutter (Joel Kopischke) provided a perfect AFT familiarity."
- Keith Nordahl, Door County Advocate

Le bourgeois gentilhomme - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Writer
"...a cleverly distilled script conjured a rich picture of the Moliere comedy..."
- Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mozart Finale - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Writer, performer
"With narrator Joel Kopischke portraying the composer's friend Franz Sussmayr, and music director Andreas Delfs leading the MSO in appropriate underscoring, the dramatic elements of the evening were largely successful."
- Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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xmascomedycollector

top notch, excellent, wonderful, marvelous, you cannot go wrong!!!!
Joel K. provides us with a utterly hilarious lineup that is on a par with the best that has ever come out of Bob River and his twisted xmas bunch! This album has it all - the musicality, the creativity, the inventiveness of the parodies, the production. You can listen to this album as background music and probably not even notice the humor, or listen to it again and again, delving into it's many levels of comedy. I cannot recommend this album enough. Of all the hundreds of xmas comedy albums I own, this is definitely one of my favorite... My xmas wish this year is that Joel provide us with another gem.... Please, oh pretty please, Joel?

J D Posh

Hilarious!
I Got Yule Babe was the best Christmas gift of the season. We heard about it the week before Christmas, ordered it, and it's been in heavy rotation in our holiday music lineup for the past two weeks. Stupid Christmas Songs and Bowling Wonderland are particularly outstanding. Great work Joel and company.

Rich

Excellent very funny
Very funny enjoyed greatly, great service from cd baby

Cindy S.

Very Happy Holidays
No matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or even Festivus, I Got Yule, Babe is a must-have on your holiday listening list. Joel shows off his considerable vocal talents as well as a sharp sense of humor, all well-known to Milwaukeeans, on this CD. I love the Wisconsin songs especially!

Cynthia Berry

Fantastic
This is probably THE BEST Christmas CD in my collection. It can easily be related to by any Wisconsin listener. Keep up the great work.

Dr. Thomas Kolda


This is one of the most hilarious offerings of 'standard' Christmas music I have ever heard! Regardless of one's music tastes, holiday beliefs, sense of humor, or even if there is a lack of it, this is a must hear and something to keep on the shelf for subsequent years' enjoyment.

tim

Excellent cd- a must for your christmas mix
this cd was excellent! I highly reccomend it!

Nancy


Heard the song I Got Yule Babe on DirecTV Christmas music...had to search the internet..found it here at CD Baby and absolutly love it! Perfect CD to play between sets when we are gigging at Christmas time! It will definitely lighten your Holiday Spirit!!

Patrick Fineran, Racine Journal Times

The "must-have" holiday CD of the year.
Joel Kopischke has come out with the “must-have” holiday CD of the year, “I Got Yule Babe.” If you’ve ever heard of the Cudahy Carolers and their unique spin on the season, you’ll know where this disc is going. Slapping original parody lyrics on traditional and original songs is Kopischke’s specialty and he’s flying higher than Rudolph on triple eggnogs here. Polka (“Criminy Cripes, It’s Christmas”), pop (“If I Had A Secret Santa”), traditional (“A Merry Tourette’s Christmas”) and even rock (“Shopping Mall Of Broken Dreams”) arrangements are all included on the 16-song collection.
For a quick sip of holiday cheer, here are some sample lyrics courtesy of Joel Kopischke (Joelkster Music ASCAP). On the parody of Barenaked Ladies’ hit “If I Had A Million Dollars,” Kopischke sings “If I had a secret Santa, I would buy him some elves, a Keebler or a Presley.” With a spoof of “That’s Amore,” Kopischke reaches out good-naturedly to those of the Hebrew faith: “When you’ve lit holiday lights, but you don’t believe in Christ, that’s a Menorah. When your religion is older than Moses’ candleholder, that’s a Menorah.” Other artists who don’t escape Kopischke’s wit include the Violent Femmes, Sonny & Cher and Bobby Darin. My favorite might be the hilariously bleeped out “A Merry Tourette’s Christmas.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

holiday music "Weird" Al Yankovic-style with hilarious results
Milwaukee theater mainstay Joel Kopischke, whose resume includes the Skylight Opera Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee and In Tandem Theatre, takes aim at holiday music "Weird" Al Yankovic-style with hilarious results on his new CD, "I Got Yule Babe."

Spoofing the styles of Frank Sinatra, the Violent Femmes, Green Day, Sonny and Cher and the Barenaked Ladies, among others, Kopischke and a cast of helpers created 16 original songs and parodies such as "Bowling Wonderland" and the slightly racy "I'm Your Snowman, Baby."

Kopischke, who played "Pee Wee Kaputish" in "The Cudahy Caroler Christmas" for three years, even includes an ode to Festivus. To sample tunes or purchase the CD, visit cdbaby.com/cd/kopischke.
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