Friendly Rich Marsella is a composer from Georgetown, Ontario. Mr. Rich has composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV's The Tom Green Show. Since 1994, he has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation, with retail distribution across North America by Sonic Unyon Distribution, and in Europe by Hazelwood Records. Rich holds a Masters degree in music from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel and composer R. Murray Schafer.
In 2006, Friendly Rich developed an extreme vaudeville show called The Friendly Rich Show featuring The Lollipop People, puppetry, cartoons, crank calls and much more...Since then, the show has traveled to New York, Montreal, Vienna, Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Toronto. In early 2008, Friendly's music was been released in Europe by Hazelwood Records, and the Lollipop People have successfully toured Germany and Austria twice.
Friendly's newest album, THE SACRED PRUNE of REMEMBRANCE was released in North America in July 2010 by The Pumpkin Pie Corporation. They will tour Europe in support of the new CD in October 2010.
The Lollipop People have performed alongside such artists as Of Montreal (2004), Andy Kim (2005), The Tiger Lillies (2005), Trevor Dunn (2007), the Dresden Dolls (2006, 2008) and The Great Bertholinis (2009).
Things are busy with Friendly Rich and The Pumpkin Pie Corporation, but as Friendly says, "one can either produce, or become produce".
1996 - Friendly Rich and the Anal Assassins
1998 - Diarrhea of a Lawnmower
2000 - Brampton
2002 - Magnified Lyle [book/CD narrated by Bill Exley, Nihilist Spasm Band]
2005 - The Lollipop People Live at the Cameron
2006 - The Lollipop People in We Need a New F-Word
2007 - The Lollipop People in The Friendly Rich Show
2008 - The Lollipop People in Dinosaur Power
2009 - Friendly Rich Presents "Pictures at an Exhibition"
2010 - Friendly Rich presents "The Sacred Prune of Remembrance"
1998 to 2001- Background music for MTV's "The Tom Green Show"
2005 - 3 pieces used in Thom Fitzgerald's 3 Needles (director's cut) starring Lucy Liu.
2008 - Original music for Old Trout Puppet Company's short film The Miserable End of Captain Alonso (directed by Dev Singh).