Raffi, he ain't. But none of his fans really seem to mind. Larry Weaver is a multi-talented musician and comedian in the tradition of Ray Stevens who's been writing and performing his own, uh... "special" brand of humorous songs for more than 10 years. He also happens to be the world's foremost exterminator of trailer park ghosts-but we'll get to that.
Fresh off a tour opening for the man himself, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Larry unleashed his third CD, Looking for Fun. This latest collection of funny songs and commercial parodies skewers online romance, praises the strange beauty of a "State Fair Woman" and reveals Larry's violation at the hands of Ronald McDonald in "The Unhappy Meal."
The album also contains "Ghost in the Trailer," a hilarious tale about a family terrorized by a redneck ghost, that grew out of Larry's side career as a mobile home ghost investigator. His Web site, www.TrailerGhost.com, is the only Internet site dedicated to paranormal activities in trailers, and Larry is a frequent guest on radio morning shows explaining his very important work.
Larry's Southern charm and humor come honest. He grew up in the tiny mill village of Saxapahaw, NC (look closely, it's on the map), and started writing funny songs and telling jokes at a young age. Larry's solo career took off when legendary radio host Dr. Demento started playing his debut EP, "Pack Full of Comedy" in 1998. Larry followed up with "Everybody's Crazy But Me!!!" in 2000, an album that showcased his diverse musical tastes. Thanks to exposure on morning radio shows, a strong Internet presence and his busy tour schedule, Larry's fan club has grown to include nearly 2,000 members from more than 10 countries.
His live act is loaded with great music, audience interaction, outrageous characters and, of course, wigs. What would you expect from a guy who once worked as a professional wrestling manager and now spends half his time rooting out spirits in trailer parks?
Larry is definitely a unique comedian, and the Charlotte Observer called him "a song parodist of high order...a double threat with a joke in one hand and a guitar pick in the other."
Pick up a copy of "Looking for Fun." You'll be glad you did.
Check out the artist's website:
1. State Fair Woman
2. Escape From Alimony
3. Ghost in the Trailer
4. The Unhappy Meal
5. Hardcore Weather Channel
6. My Virtual Girlfriend
7. Hip Hop Hoedown
8. Sometimes I Forget
9. Mystic Eight Ball
10. I Don't See What You See
11. South of the Border
12. Maximum Cliche
13. State Fair Woman (Himalayan Mix)