Monday, September 19, 2005

Rock Comic Balances Music And Laughs

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The last six months have been a whirlwind for music producer Joey Balin – and a big laugh as well.

Six months ago he walked out onstage as a stand-up comic for the very first time. In true Hollywood fashion, he did so well that the seasoned comics were certain he was a pro.

Here’s where things get funny. Balin spent the summer trying to juggle stand-up gigs in New York with recording sessions in Brussels, Belgium, for his upcoming CD, Living Theater, which will be released next month.

He doesn’t mind the tight schedule because he’s doing stand-up in order to save what he fears is a dying art, killed by bad comics and toilet humor.

Although Balin doesn’t play music during his comedy act, he says the two arts have a lot in common: “Rhythm, sequence, melody” and points out that there are lot of comics who are good musicians and a lot of musicians who are hilarious.

However, he also points out, “Being funny on a tour bus is not the same thing as being onstage; just you and a mic.”

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