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The crowd was rowdy, restless and drinking cheap beer when the wannabe comic steps up on stage: “So, there was this astronaut.” Silence. “He files to a distant planet and meets this stunning maiden stirring a large pot. Every so often she removes a baby and puts it in a crib.” Silence. “The astronaut sees an opportunity: ‘Want to learn how we make babies on earth?’” The crowd leans forward slightly. “They proceed to make love and once finished the maiden asks, ‘Well, where’s the baby?’ ‘Oh, that takes nine months,’ the astronaut replies. ‘Then, why’d you stop stirring?’” Silence, glaring silence… the comic slinks off stage. A true event. Such tragedy (that joke sucked anyway) -- but more likely triumph -- awaits modern day jokesters at the Stand Up Scottsdale’s Joke Off. The weekly event offers young comics a chance to hone their monologue, try a few one-liners, and burn down the house in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere.
The jokes fly beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Stand Up Scottsdale, 6820 East Fifth Avenue. Visit www.standupscottsdale.com.Glenn BurnSilver