Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseSue Hansen
MarkWears a top hat on all his television appearances
FactOwner of the world's largest private collection of comedy and novelty recordings.

Dr. Demento is a radio personality best known for his weekly radio show, The Dr. Demento Show, which specializes in novelty songs and comedy. The show began in 1970 and is still going strong today.

Born on April 2, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Demento (real name: Barret Eugene Hansen) was the middle child of three boys. His father was a successful businessman and his mother was a homemaker.

Dr. Demento developed a love for music at an early age, thanks in part to his father’s record collection. He began playing the piano when he was just four years old and by the time he was a teenager, he was proficient in several instruments, including the banjo and guitar.

He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he majored in music. It was during his time at Reed that he began working at a local radio station, which is where he got his start in broadcasting.

After graduating from college, Dr. Demento moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at a number of different radio stations. In 1970, he finally got his own show, The Dr. Demento Show, which quickly became popular for its focus on novelty songs and comedy.

The show went through a number of different incarnations over the years, but it remains popular to this day. In addition to his radio show, Dr. Demento has also released a number of compilation albums of novelty songs over the years.

He has been married twice and has two children. His first marriage was to Donna Jean Godchaux, a former member of the Grateful Dead. They were married from 1980 to 1992 and had one child together. His second marriage is to Robyn Tisch, with whom he has been married since 1999.

Dr. Demento has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

General Info

Full NameDr. Demento
ProfessionDisc jockey, Actor, Radio personality
EducationReed College, University of California, Los Angeles


SpouseSue Hansen


MoviesUHF, Jandek on Corwood, Fish Heads

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#Marks / Signs
1Wears a top hat on all his television appearances


1Owns more than 85,000 LP's, which is considered one of the largest private collections in the world.
2Educated at UCLA where he received a Master's Degree in music.
3Owner of the world's largest private collection of comedy and novelty recordings.



'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection2003VideoDr. Demento ("Ricky - Headline News") / Cashier ("I Love Rocky Road") / Proctor ("I Lost on Jeopardy") (uncredited)
The Weird Al Show1997TV SeriesDr. Demento
Bad Hair Day: The Videos1996Video shortDr. Demento (Headline News) (uncredited)
The Simpsons1994TV SeriesDr. Demento
The 'Weird Al' Yankovic Video Library: His Greatest Hits1992Video shortDr. Demento (Ricky) / Cashier (I Love Rocky Road) / Proctor (I Lost on Jeopardy) (uncredited)
Body Parts1992The Ten-Second Wonder (as 'Doctor' Devlen)
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection1991VideoDr. Demento (as Dr. Demento)
UHF1989Whipped Cream Eater (as Dr. Demento)
Lobster Man from Mars1989Narrator (voice, as Dr. Demento)
Demented Top 20 Video Countdown1988TV MovieDr. Demento (as Dr. Demento)
Fish Heads1980ShortHomeless Man (uncredited)


Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection1991Video as Dr. Demento
Demented Top 20 Video Countdown1988TV Movie as Dr. Demento

Music Department

The Compleat Al1985Video music consultant - as Dr. Demento


Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
Stupid Teenagers Must Die!2006special thanks
The Spirit of '761990special thanks - as Dr. Demento
Sing Beast Sing1980Short inspiration


Under the Smogberry Trees2016Documentary post-productionDr. Demento
Some Jerk with a Camera2014-2015TV Series documentaryDr. Demento
Jingle Bell Rocks!2013DocumentaryHimself (Aka Doctor Demento)
Rhino Resurrected2011DocumentaryHimself (as Dr. Demento)
Western Music and Variety2009VideoHimself (as Dr. Demento)
Biography2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Derailroaded2005DocumentaryHimself (as Dr. Demento)
Jandek on Corwood2003Documentary
E! Mysteries & Scandals2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Weird Al Show1997TV SeriesHimself
'Weird Al' Yankovic: (There's No) Going Home1996TV MovieHimself (as Dr. Demento)
Square One Television1991TV SeriesHimself
The Spike Jones Story1988TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Dr. Demento)
The Compleat Al1985VideoHimself (as Dr. Demento)
Welcome to the Fun Zone1984TV MovieHimself - Special Guest
Late Night with David Letterman1983TV SeriesHimself
Prime Times1983TV MovieHimself (as Dr. Demento)
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads1980ShortHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Comic Musician
Lily1975TV Special as Dr. Demento

Archive Footage

'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Videos1996VideoDr. Demento (Ricky, Headline News) / Cashier (I Love Rocky Road) / Proctor (I Lost on Jeopardy)
Saturday Night Live1980TV SeriesHomeless Man

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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