Sounding funny

“You can become a polished stand-up comedian or storyteller, but there’s no way to be that polished of a karaoke singer,”

Story by Melissa Goldin - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.co
Comedy read-along: The Jukebox co-creators Steve Jacobs, Margaret Lyons, and Steve Heisler host a prom-themed show. Photo © Limor Hakim

Comedy read-along: The Jukebox co-creators Steve Jacobs, Margaret Lyons, and Steve Heisler host a prom-themed show. Photo © Limor Hakim

There’s nothing more unfunny than someone who sings well.

So thankfully, the stand-up comics and entertainers who get together at the Jukebox, a popular Park Slope monthly, combine their jokes and stories with the hilariously bad singing of karaoke.

“You can become a polished stand-up comedian or storyteller, but there’s no way to be that polished of a karaoke singer,” said Margaret Lyons, one of the three hosts of the show. “It’s fun to see someone take a risk on stage.”

The Brooklyn-based, karaoke-inspired comedy show will celebrate its two-year anniversary this month at its home base in Union Hall with a greatest hits-themed performance featuring the talents of Craig Rowin, Baratunde Thurston, Beth Stelling, and Jared Logan.

Typically guests read lyrics off of a laptop, but the anniversary show will feature live performances with karaoke band Bunnie England and The New Originals.

Comedian Rowin admits to not being the best singer, but is excited for the chance to take what has become his and his wife’s habit of doing karaoke with YouTube videos at home to the public. For his funny story, he plans to talk about the time his Park Slope apartment got robbed about a year ago. Top song contenders for him include Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and Elvis Costello’s “Radio Radio.”

“It will be embarrassing,” he said. “If the audience is expecting me to pull out a Freddie Mercury I won’t be able to do that. I love performing in Brooklyn and I love looking silly in front of people and this will definitely make sure of that.”

The Jukebox at Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638-4400, unionhallny.com]. August 21, 8 pm, $10-$12.

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