There are two types of people in this world. Those that do karaoke and those that do not. I happen to fall into the “do not” category. That is until last night when I went out with some friends to celebrate Adrienne and Ethan’s 25th birthdays.
What you see above is a photo of me making my debut karaoke appearance. And what song did I choose to sing? My favorite party song, What’s New Pussycat by Tom Jones. A classic. I can tell by my hand I’m probably singing the lyric about big pussycat eyes. Followed by the lyric about big pussycat lips.
Here’s a fun tip- if you’re doing karaoke for the first time, google the lyrics to the song you’re about to choose before you get on stage and find yourself singing about big pussycat lips in front of a crowd of people.
What I failed to mention is that everyone I was karaoking with are incredibly talented singers. They’re theaterfolk. After about the 7th show tune I didn’t recognize I realized I was the only poor fool in the room that didn’t study musical theater in college. And then I also realized why I’ve never been invited on their karaoke nights before… They don’t mess around.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from studying improv and comedy, it’s that you’ve got to go hard or go home. If you feel stupid on stage then you look stupid on stage. So damnit, I got up there and sang about pussycats with all my heart. I belted out my terrible singing voice for all to hear. And I lived.
But sadly I wasn’t nearly as entertaining as my friends on stage. Here’s a few photos of how the good ones do it.
I get the pleasure of performing with these wonderful people on Sunday at Sketchfest and I am so very excited. We’ll be on at 5 p.m. in the Thrust Theater at Stage 773. You should probably come. Our show is very weird.
Now go take on your day.