• Tonight at Dixon Place

    I’m playing solo tonight at Dixon Place with the talented storytellers Greg Walloch and James Braly, the magician Magic Brian, and banjo player Curtis Eller. The show, created by Greg Walloch, is called All the People You Love.
    Dixon Place is at 161 Chrystie St.

  • Tragedy

    I’ll be sitting in as Andy Gibb with Tragedy tomorrow night at the Bowery Ballroom.
    Saturday, October 11
    Bowery Ballroom
    6 Delancey Street

  • Interview with Pop Underground

    Welcome; John Cunningham aka ‘Corn Mo’.

    Q/ Morning. How’s it going?


    Q/ I was doing – what I laughingly like to call – research. Now the internet is quite a big place and perhaps I was poking around in the wrong corner but it’s quite hard to find a huge amount of information on you. Are you carefully maintaining the persona of an enigmatic master of songs?

    No. I’m just not that popular. It would be brilliant if it were true.

    Q/ You’ve toured with Ben Folds, The Polyphonic Spree and They Might Be Giants. They’re all very different artists. They might giants with quirky short songs, The polyphonic spree with two dozen robed individuals, Ben Folds atop his piano conducting the audience into a sing-along. Do you try and tour with very different people, or does it just naturally happen that way?

    I take what i can get and thankfully what I got was what i wanted.


  • Summer Tour with Ben Folds

    June 24
    Newcastle, UK
    The Academy

    June 25
    London, UK

    June 28
    Nijmegan, Holland
    Rockin Park

    June 29
    Amsterdam, Holland

    June 30
    Hamburg, Germany

    July 2
    Bochum, Germany

    July 3
    Manheim, Germany
    Alter Feuerwache

    July 7
    Nottingham, UK
    Rock City

    July 8
    Sheffield, UK
    The Academy

    July 9
    Liverpool, UK
    The Academy

    July 13
    Bristol, UK
    The Academy

  • Cool Shows to See

    March 21 and 22
    Genesis, no!
    by Adrienne Truscott
    Dance Theater Workshop
    One half of the Wau Wau Sisters created this dance piece.  The two brilliants Carmine Covelli and Neal Medlyn are involved, also.

    gothamist interview

    tickets and info

    March 22
    Tragedy CD Release Party
    BB Kings
    Pure entertainment packed with a good sound. The Bee Gees wrote great songs.

    March 23
    Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
    Zipper Factory
    They always put on a good show.

    March 24
    Megan Mullally and the Supreme Music Program
    Zipper Factory
    She has a beautiful, haunting voice. She'll hand you back your heart with her Ave Maria.

  • Mongol Rally Adventure

    I received this email a week ago. What a great adventure!

    Hey man,
    we met a couple of months ago in NYC, but I just wanted to send you
    some pictures I thought you might appreciate. Basically I
    participated in a Rally Race across Europe and Asia this summer for
    charity and carried the music and inspiration of Corn Mo with me.
    These pictures were all taken in Kazakhstan just before my rally car
    died. For more pictures and a more profound explanation, check out
    www.badcolonies.org/ironsides. have a good one.



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  • Ben Franklin as a werewolf

    Magnus Buchan to Max Fischer: I always wanted to be in one of your fookin’ plays.

    I’m in a play reading on Friday.  My friend, Nick, asked me to do it and I needed to say no because I have too much going on this week.  But I love his plays and his puppet shows so it was too hard to say no.  Furthermore, the part he wrote for me is Ben Franklin, who turns into a werewolf.  

     It’s 1763 and there are  vampires in Philadelphia.

    Paula Abdul Blackwood is a beautiful young Quaker girl being forced into marriage with the wheelwright’s son.

    Jack Sheridan, a politically idealistic young vampire, is the man she loves. 

    Everywhere there is dissent.  Fractious parties debate the future of the colony.

    MC Skat Kat and Benjamin Franklin vy for power in the Assembly.


    This is a play about a play reading of a play about certain real historical events which could have actually happened, but didn’t.

    It’s the story of a woman’s dream of writing a jukebox musical integrating the music of Paula Abdul with a vampire romance/history lesson.

    The story of the birth of a nation, as seen through the eyes of Halloween.

    We hope you’ll join us in entering the absolutely FREE world of . . .  

    “Straight Up Vampire”

    “Forever Your Vampire”
    a musical nightmare

    Friday, October 26th

    10:15 pm

    @ Goodbye Blue Monday


    Take the J or Z line to Kosciusko St.
    or M to Myrtle Ave. and walk a few blocks.
    Call us at 718-453-6343 if you’re lost!!
    FREE!! (5 dollar donation suggested)

    written by Paige Greenwald (RIP)
    reconstituted by Nick Jones,  Zak Vreeland and Peter J. Cook

    directed by Peter J. Cook

    with performances by
    The Pizzas
    The O’Debra Twins
    Members of the New York Howl
    Luis Moreno
    Ben Pelteson
    and Corn Mo as Benjamin Franklin

    produced by Nick Jones 

  • Things I found in my room

    I was cleaning up some things in order to build the diorama for the next cd cover. I tend to take too long cleaning because I enjoy reminiscing. I found these things:


    I can’t remember who drew this. I really like it though. I’m glad the date’s on it. That’s exactly how I looked in ’07.


    This is a setlist from a Bindlestiff Family Cirkus show. I don’t remember where I was.
    Intro: Philomena’s Bindlestiff song
    Diablo: Kinko the Clown’s really good at this act.
    Magic: Magic Brian. He was diligent about keeping a notebook of previous tours so that he wouldn’t do the same trick again.
    Glass: Dr. Flummox walked on glass.
    Corn Mo: I did a few songs.
    Okra: I can’t remember if he did the knife throwing act or if he smashed a cinder block over his head. I think it was the latter. He wrote an amazing zine called Gutter Butter. I found a copy here.
    Bookpitch: Dr. Flummox pitched the Autonomedia Bookmobile before the intermission.
    Straitjacket: Magic Brian and Kinko would compete in getting out of a straitjacket.
    Condom: Philomena snorted a condom through her nose until she could blow it like bubblegum through her mouth.
    Razors: Magic Brian put five razorblades with 12 inches of dental floss into his mouth. Some time and blood would pass and then he’d pull out the razors that had been magically tied together in his mouth. Magic!
    Corn Mo: I usually did a singalong here.
    Sword: Mr. Pennygaff (aka Kinko) swallowed long scissors, the end of a bayonette, a 27-inch sword, and a neon tube. I used to tell him other things he should swallow. He did use one idea: He attached a Wheel-O to a curved strip of metal, not unlike a coathanger, and would work the Wheel-O from his throat.
    Fire: Philomena ate fire and blew fireballs.
    The End

    My friend, Kyle, gave me a cassette of Genesis’ …And Then There Were Three… while we were on tour with the Pontani Sisters. I remember I had a really fun birthday. I drank a good amount and then started a party in the Pontanis’ room. I drank their wine and remember everything.


    When I unloaded trucks in Grapevine, TX, a co-worker gave me this list of movies I should see. I still keep it because I haven’t finished it.