Thursday, May 5, 2005

Wannabe Comics Try ‘Joke-E-Oke’

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A gallery in San Francisco is doing for comedy what “karaoke” did for music with something called “joke-e-oke.”

That’s the title for a regular event at the RX Gallery where wannabe comedians imitate stand-ups like Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield.

Joke-e-oke organizer Michael Spiegelman says the stage has a monitor showing recorded performances by great comedians – along with their lines – and the performers merely read along and wait for pre-recorded chuckles from the built-in laugh track.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. The screen also has heckler lines so that audience members can scream insults like “Don’t give up your day job” or “Kill yourself now.”

Some karaoke comics imitate Steven Wright or Jeff Foxworthy but Spiegelman says the biggest laughs come when people screw up, such as the ladies who tried to perform Andrew “Dice” Clay routines without saying the dirty words.

The next “Joke-e-oke” takes place May 13 and Spiegelman is negotiating to take the concept on tour.

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