Possible Oscar is a Minneapolis, MN based comedy music act that specializes in original and parody songs. The band formed in 2005 with former members of the atomic rock band The Nick Atoms with the intention of exploring a creative direction that began in The Nick Atoms’ waning days. Their musical topics range from video games to nerd love, with stops at comic books and notable Hollywood movie sound effects. They also enjoy wearing T-shirts with their band name on them.
Possible Oscar’s sound is two great tastes that taste great together; they usually play rock music with layers of guitar and keyboards, but sometimes a little hip hop is in order.
Possible Oscar released an EP entitled Greatest Hits in 2006, then followed with their first full-length album, The Wrath of Con, in 2007. Con was hailed by fans as “nerdy as a motherf**ing nerdy nerding nerd.”
The Dr. Demento Show has played several Possible Oscar songs, including “Earn Hollywood Earn” and “Talk Nerdy to Me,” and a few of them have made the weekly Funny Five countdown. “Earn Hollywood Earn” was selected to appear on Dr. Demento’s Basement Tapes #15. In December of 2007, their song “That Calls for a Wilhelm Scream” landed at the No. 23 spot on Dr. Demento’s annual Funny 25 countdown.
In 2007, Possible Oscar became a Core member of The Funny Music Project (The FuMP) which releases two songs every week for free under a Creative Commons license.
2009 brought the addition of a dedicated drummer and bass player to the lineup. The newly four-piece band wrote and recorded additional material for a second album. Individual Results May Vary was released in the summer of 2010, followed by The Long Overdue EP — a collection of acoustic music including new arrangements of Possible Oscar classics along with new parody and cover songs — in early 2011.
Possible Oscar is currently playing shows locally and writing material for their third full-length album.
Jared Ringold: vocals, guitar, keyboard
John Mapes: guitar, vocals
Nathan Gerber: bass, vocals
Jeff Pearson: drums
Possible Oscar is capable of performing a 30-60 minutes set. A set could include any of the following songs:
- At the Con
- Raking the Lawn
- Dead Nintendo
- Earn Hollywood Earn
- Talk Nerdy to Me
- Never Gonna Beat This Boss
- Hayden Christensen
- Captain Mal (Aiming to Misbehave)
- Sundae Chocolate Sundae
- That Calls for a Wilhelm Scream
- All Out of Beer
Possible Oscar performs as a four-piece rock band featuring two electric guitars with amplifiers, one bass with amplifier, and a five-piece drum kit with cymbals. Three vocal microphones on stands are required. Stage monitors are requested and preferred, but not required. Sound reinforcement for amplifiers and drums at the venue’s discretion.
7500 12th Ave S
Richfield, MN 55423