Lou and Peter Berryman return to the Library Coffeehouse for another witty and musical evening Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Picker room of Camden Public Library. Admission is $10.

The duo’s whimsical and quirky performances of oddly profound songs leave audiences with cheeks aching from smiling. The popularity of Lou and Peter Berryman — whose friendship survived a brief marriage in the 1970s — is a testament to their intelligent and wickedly funny material, rich with wordplay and images. They specialize in humorous songs such as “Why Am I Painting the Living Room,” “The Speculator,” “The Dupsha Dove,” “Acme Forgetting Service,” “Dem Deer” and “Does Your Dog Agonize?”

Lou and Peter met in art class at Wisconsin’s Appleton Senior High. By the time they were seniors, they had formed a quartet called the Town Council, which played a few non-paying gigs for fun. Peter started writing songs, and Lou got her hands on Carl Sandburg’s “The American Songbag.” Peter listened to Jimmy Driftwood, Bob Gibson, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives and comedy music from Stan Freberg, Alan Sherman and the like.

“We are songwriters in the folk/cabaret tradition, you might say, and have been at it full time since the late ‘70s. It has been quite a ride so far,” they said.

Lou and Peter Berryman have had a song on a Grammy-winning album; appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” a number of times; and have had songs recorded by Michael Cooney, Peggy Seeger, Noel Paul Stookey, Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Faith Petric, Peter Bellamy, Bryan Bowers and many more — as well as an entire tribute album of their songs recorded by the Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.

Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two performers are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in an eccentric and funny performance. They are not to be missed.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.