This is the first installment of a series in which I get other people to perform the jokes of ‘Joe The Comedian’ – an alter ego character of my creation, with a malleable chameleon-like persona.
In this particular incarnation, ‘Slim the Bum’- an old friend of mine from my high school years – inhabits the Joe The Comedian identity, with mixed results.
Slim used to buy alcohol for my friends and I when we were underage teenagers.
For this performance, I bought Slim a fifth of whiskey (upon his request), in exchange for performing as Joe The Comedian.
Slim and I rehearsed the jokes I wanted to be told. But, once on stage, Slim went off script and started rambling. He was exceeding his time limit (it was an open mic, after all), so, in a panic, I started heckling and booing Slim off stage, while simultaneously recording him from the audience.
I believe Slim was oblivious as to who was heckling him, stuck in performance zone as he was (that is, I do not think Slim was aware that I was the one booing him).
I did not confess to my backstabbing treachery once Slim and I regrouped to assess how the performance went.
In sum, I believe Slim was happy to get his whiskey and was content that he got some laughs.