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Da Yoopers comedy troupe performs in Monroe, Wis., Oct. 13

October 10, 2012

Staff Report

MONROE, Wis. — Touting themselves as the “No. 1 fishing, hunting and beer-drinking comedy show in America,” Da Yoopers will present their off-beat musical comedy show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Monroe High School Performing Arts Center in Monroe, Wis.

Mixing stand-up comedy, skits, crazy props, and zany original songs, Da Yoopers has been putting smiles on the faces of their fans for more than 30 years. Their sound is both a reflection and a celebration of the culture found in “da” U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan), as well as exaggerating the stereotypes in that area.

Originally started in 1975 by Jim “Hoolie” DeCaire and Joe Potila as a working dance band, Da Yoopers have held fast to the “Do-It-Yourself” work ethic, recording and releasing their own albums and securing national distribution for their label.

The troupe has proven that through hard work and longevity, you don’t need to be located in a large city to become successful in the music industry. Even though a lot of their comedy is regionally oriented, they’ve managed to strike a chord with people outside the Midwest with radio stations all over the world playing their music. With 13 albums to their credit, they are probably best known for their hit songs “Rusty Chevrolet” and “The Second Week of Deer Camp.”

The members of Da Yoopers boast that they are “proud and tough residents” of Ishpeming, Mich. The members of Da Yoopers are singer, songwriter and leader of the band Jim “Hoolie” DeCaire; Lynn “Too-Burger” Bellmore sings and plays keyboards; Jim “Schween-Bella Bunna” Bellmore is guitarist, singer and songwriter; Bobby “No one calls me Bob” Symons is the drummer for the group; Reggie “Reggae-La-Sardine” Lusardi plays bass guitar and sings; and Matt “Mutty” Bullock is an actor in the troupe and is the friendly face of the merchandise table.

In both January and November 1995, Da Yoopers were part of back-to-back Monroe Arts Center’s entertainment seasons. Just like their last performances in Monroe, they continue to pack in fans to sold-out shows with a combination of their hilarious classic songs, along with crazy new tunes, and on-stage antics.

Reserved seat tickets for Da Yoopers are $35, $25, $20, $15 and $10 for students 18 and younger. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Monroe Arts Center at (608) 325-5700 or 888-596-1249, or in person at the box office at 1315 11th St. The show is rated PG-13.

From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue

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