Art Paul Schlosser

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Art Paul Schlosser (born January 4, 1960 in Chicago) as Arthur P. Schlosser is an artist, cartoonist, comedian, journalist, musician, poet, singer, songwriter in Madison, Wisconsin. He plays humorous novelty, gospel, & political songs and draws cartoons currently for Madison Street Pulse Newspaper where he also summits poems and interviews people. Art Paul also has painted many different paintings and has participated in various art projects.

His mother Leona E. Wagner met his father Arthur J. Schlosser at some of the cool bars her and her friends were hanging out at.

Schlosser was named Arthur after his father and grandfather but his grandfather might have originally been named Otto but because of his German accent when he said his name they thought he said Arthur.


Art Paul Schlosser grew up listening to novelty music like Allen Sherman and Tiny Tim as well as funny songs by The Beatles and The Monkees. When Art was 11, he, his mother, and his sisters moved to Madison, Wisconsin after his parents got a divorce. As a child in Madison, his mother continued to play weird and funny songs for him, sometimes playing strange sound effects on one recorded player to go with the songs. As a teenager, Art Paul joined a work experience play group that encouraged Art to be creative. In this group, there were a couple of fans of The Beatles, one of whom encouraged Art Paul to write lyrics. It was from that time on that Art started to write. Art would listen to the Dr Demento radio show as well as other strange records that he discovered at the local library, and then try to write some lyrics he was inspired to write after listening to the songs. Also as a child he was encouraged to draw cartoons by his sister Mary.

State Street

Upon discovering that it is legal to busk on State Street, Art Paul tried it out on a warm day late in February 1986 and received a couple of dollars for his effort. Since then Art Paul has been a street musician and busker as well as an outsider artist on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin.[1]

He usually performs his original songs or parodys on an acoustic guitar and kazoo. He also sometimes plays electronic keyboard or ukulele.[2]

He is best known for his funny music, especially "Have A Peanut Butter Sandwich", which made the Funny Five of the Dr Demento radio show four times in 2001[3][4][5][6] and Vote for Me/It's a Joke which was on the Funny Five of the Dr Demento radio in 2003. While he sings mostly humorous songs, Art Paul has also written on the topics of politics and religion.[7]

In 2007 Art Paul Schlosser received a Madison Area Music Award for best compilation for his CD Art Paul Schlosser. In 2009 he won two more Madison Area Music Awards for Unique Song ("Have A Peanut Butter Sandwich," the remix version, which was remixed by Animalien) and for Unique Album (Leftovers).[8]


Art Paul's music has been played on oddball radio programs, including Greasy Kid Stuff, The Mad Music Hour, Dave's Gone By and the Dr. Demento Show, and he has appeared on his own public-access television show[1] as well as WGN-TV news.

On July 30, 2009, Stephen Colbert mentioned Schlosser on the Colbert Report in order to emphasize that any artist can get their songs on iTunes, no matter what the quality of their work may be.

On June 27, 2010, Schlosser appeared on the internet radio show The Bastard Den on Infernal Rock Radio at Art Paul performed a few of his original songs and gave a 15-minute interview.

On June 29, 2010, Schlosser appeared on America's Got Talent appearing under the name Buddy Holly Cheesehead, singing "Eating Cheese." He was booed off stage almost immediately.


  • My Cat Was Taking A Bath & Dead Skunk Perfume plus 23 other songs (1992)
  • All the songs from Happy Birthday & Smile Be Happy (1993)
  • I Want To Be Madonna ? & Greene plus 41 other songs and jokes (1994)
  • I'm A Prince by the Artist Still Known as Art Paul Schlosser (1996)
  • Be My Valentine (1997)
  • Reinventing Myself (2000)
  • They Won't Play This on the Country Western Radio (2001)
  • Smile You're on Kandid Kamera (2002)
  • The Best of Art Paul Schlosser (2003)
  • Art Paul Schlosser Live at the Hog (2003)
  • Vote for Me/It's a Joke (2003)
  • Art Paul Schlosser & Friends Live at Club De Wash plus the 3 songs at Bob's Apartment Experiment (2003)
  • Do You Want To Walk on Water (2003)
  • Words of Cheese & Other Parrot Tree (2003)
  • The ABCs of Art Paul Schlosser's World (2003)
  • Art Paul Schlosser {The Tribute!} by various artist (2006)
  • Warning: Listening To This CD could be dangerous to your health (2007)
  • It Takes A Whole World by Art Paul Schlosser & Jim Anderson (2007)
  • Untitled I & II (2007)
  • The Best of Art Paul Schlosser {The Sequel} (2007)
  • Scum Always Rises at the Top (2007)
  • Songs I forgot that the Elephant Remembered (2007)
  • Art Paul Schlosser & Robin Good Our Tribute To Shari Elf
  • Art Paul Schlosser living in a Materialistic World
  • Songs I Recorded On The Telephone (2008)
  • February Album Writing Month (2008)
  • Art Paul Schlosser {The Remix Project} by Various Artists (2008)
  • Leftovers (2008)
  • Art Paul Schlosser Live at MarsCon 2007 & 2008 (2009)
  • Let's Be Friends (2009)
  • U're The Best (2009)
  • Monster (2010)
  • If I Was Governor? (2011)
  • Live on the Snake (2011)
  • Show Me You're Crazy Legs Art Paul Schlosser with David Labedz(2012)
  • The Treasure (2013)
  • Live 2: On The Snake (WSUM) (2013)
  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue Live on WORT 89.9 fm (2013)
  • I Bet U've Got a Smile (2013)
  • I Want 2 C Your Smile (2014)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hughes, Charles (October 30, 2003). "Who is Art Paul Schlosser?". The Badger Herald: Student Newspaper of UW-Madison. Badger Herald, Inc. Archived from the original on April 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Knutsen, Kristian (March 10, 2007). "Collecting MadVideos—Who is Art Paul?". Isthmus. Isthmus Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved 2007-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The Dr. Demento Show #01-12 – March 25, 2001" (CGI). The Demented Music Database. Retrieved 2007-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Dr. Demento Show #01-23 – June 10, 2001" (CGI). The Demented Music Database. Retrieved 2007-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Dr. Demento Show #01-27 – July 8, 2001" (CGI). The Demented Music Database. Retrieved 2007-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "The Dr. Demento Show #01-33 – August 19, 2001" (CGI). The Demented Music Database. Retrieved 2007-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Pumroy, Sarah (October 1, 2004). "Art Paul Schlosser for President in 2004! (Interview)". Emmie Magazine. The University of Wisconsin – Madison. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Past MAMA Award Winners". Madison Area Music Association. Retrieved 2011-05-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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