David Liebe Hart's low-budget, pharmacy-funded Los Angeles public access program The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Program unveiled the puppeteer's world of God-fearing aliens, anti-drug and anti-porn messages, Christian Science teachings and outsider artists when it debuted in the late '80s. By the time it went off air in the mid-'90s, it had a large cult following, with devotees to starring puppets like Chip the Black Boy and Doug the Dog, off-key comedians like James Quall, and Liebe Hart's alien philosophy shared with him, he says, from the Korendian and Omegan races.
Born in Illinois, Liebe Hart began his career as an aspiring actor, claiming to have appeared on Wings and Golden Girls (and also to have been abducted by UFOs). He's the subject of the documentary Public Access Hollywood, and comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim asked Liebe Hart to co-star on their Cartoon Network show, the surreal, anti-humor and public access-inspired Tim and Eric Awesome Show: Great Job!, when it ran from 2007 to 2010.
Liebe Hart and fellow L.A. public access star Adam Papagan have released several albums together, and this year the duo debuted their punk band with a national tour.
The band performs 10 p.m. tonight at Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.), with punk band Dummy Dumpster, comedian Chris Trew's rap act Terp 2 It, and MC Duck — not sure how that will fly with Liebe Hart, as he has been vocal about his dislike for rap music.