When: Sat., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Threshold Repertory Theatre and What If? Productions join up for round eight of their Karaoke Smackdown, the mother-of-all karaoke competitions; pitting eight people against each other. Contestants will perform their chosen song in front of the audience and judges in hopes of moving on to the final three, and eventually competing for the title of Karaoke Smackdown Champion. A quarterly collab event, each smackdown has a different theme and this one’s got us feeling bad — round eight is Jackson Night. Each competitor will prepare one Michael Jackson song and the final three contestants will have a Janet Jackson song chosen for them at random. The Champion and runner-up will receive cash prizes and third place will receive free tickets to a Threshold and What If? production. Hosted by City Paper’s Best Local Comic Jeremy McLellan, the American Idol style competition will include a panel of judges including comedian Andy Rider and last year’s winner Courtney Daniel. At intermission beer and wine will be available for purchase and a few brave audience members will be able to jump on stage to show off their own skills in a round of karaoke roulette. Some of the most memorable moments in Smackdown history include a fourteen year old boy slaying a John Legend song during karaoke roulette, a performance involving actor John Brian stripping down to a corset, fishnets, and heels, and Brian Porter bringing back a song from his show Hedwig and the Angry Inch, entirely in drag.