Suppa's "Dr. Dirty" John Valby 7/16/2011
After spending an evening with John Valby,Audiences find themselves wanting more
and more of him.What makes Valby so unique and entertaining is his uncommon rapport
with the audience and his ability to mix his musical Talent with a mad-cap variety
of "Dirty Ditties".Few people can resist laughing at songs that would have
earned them a mouthful of soap when they were children.Valby's repertoire is composed
of popular songs,limericks,classical arrangements and his own original creations.Valby
has made a career out of poking fun at his audiences,stretching the limits of free speech
and accepted good taste and satirizing current events from behind the piano.When he's not
playing and singing, he yells obscenities:the audience yells back and everyone has a good time.
The best way to describe John Valby is to blend the following performers Together.Allen Sherman,
spike Jones,Lenny Bruce and Weird Al Yankovic all topped off with the Dirt of Redd Foxx,Only better.
Mr.Valby's background started out innocently enough.As a teen-ager,he attended Mcquaid Jesuit High
School in Rochester MY Where the Catholic nuns taught him how to play the piano.Valby attributes his
love of music to his father Richard, an accomplished violinist.The "Dirt singing" didn't start until
Valby got to Middlebury College in Vermont.Majoring in Philosophy,He created a few compositions for
his fraternity brothers, many of which are still being sung today-as part of his Legacy.
In fact;Valby's performance status remains Legendary at college campuses throughout the country.
As a trained classical pianist,Mr.Valby quickly realized that the demand was limited.
He turned to his new material by accident; found a trend and went with it.That trend
started in 1975 when Mr.Valby was performing the Buffalo bar circuit doing ragtime tunes
and pop standards.According to Mr.Valby; "I did Three Dirty songs one night & pretty soon
the power of "DIRT" pushed most everything else out.I became a mirror for the audience and
the Audience turned out to be 20 times DIRTIER than me."
Mr.Valby used to get annoyed that while he was on stage baring his soul to the audience,
the crowds would yell,"sing more DIRT!"His manager named him "Dr.Dirty" and the rest is
History.Mr.Valby goes on to say,"I'm performing a service.I can't get too egotistical
about what the audience should hear.I'm supposed to entertain."and entertain he does.
Mr.Valby wears a white tuxedo,derby and black bow tie,while supporting the grin of a
Leprechaun.He sings a slew of "DIRTY" songs.,complete with Fraternity references to
Genitals & intercourse.Nothing and no one is sacred around Dr.Dirty,but he accomplishes
his act with ease and finesse."You have to look clean,and smile a lot,"Mr.Valby once remarked
Few entertainers have such a one-to-one relationship with there audience.He doesn't target
one group in particular.He smiles with them,laughs with them,jokes with them,and makes
everyone laugh at themselves.
Mr.Valby has recorded & produced over 30 CD's & Lp's which bear such titles as: compact Dirt,
Sit on a happy face,Give me Dirt or give me death,Operation F Iraq and many other titles that
cannot be printed.He has also recorded clean material including a christmas CD; and the non-Dirty
Lily White and burnout Blues.He has worked on a number of other projects;including a multi-era
Rock'n-roll cd by the Krakup quartet,some new age music,and believe it or not a children's album.
Mr.Valby resides in Western New York with his wife Anne & his five Children. He continues to be
the mainstay at comedy clubs,rock,clubs,college campuses and basically wherever people like to
LAUGH OUT LOAD
The Comedy Shoppe
17 Bloomfield Avenue
Pine Brook, NJ 07058
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