Karaoke Roulette as an Art Form? New York exhibit says yes.

Skaryoke Exhibit Photo

Long-time karaoke enthusiast know of a wonderful game, sometimes called “karaoke roulette” or “kamikaze karaoke”, that puts the singer onstage with no idea what song is about to play. Often done as a lark between friends, a KJ-sponsored show segment, or even a contest, it’s a great way for folks to face the terrifying prospect of looking a little bit foolish, and being okay with it.

Dan Kois, a senior editor at Slate, was asked to curate at exhibition at a New York art gallery in Tribeca. His contribution, titled “SCARYOKE!!!” and based on karaoke roulette, opens today and runs through December 21. Read about his inspiration for the exhibit, and reasons why we should all try karaoke roulette at least once here.

You can check out the playlist of the kamikaze songs here. If you can’t make it to New York before Christmas to try it yourself, then we dare you to sing this song right now, no matter where you are!

National Karaoke Week around the country

In New York

The New York Times Magazine asked the question a few weeks ago – “How good does karaoke have to be to qualify as art?” in a review of the Portland, Oregon karaoke scene. But a collection of 50 emerging artists in the NYC area have put together an art show that’s entirely based on karaoke. Like the video above, consisting entirely of nonsense syllables from popular songs, the CCTV show offers a fresh perspective on culture and art through the lens of karaoke.

In St. Louis

A karaoke jockey makes a pledge to visit a different karaoke bar in the St. Louis area for every day of National Karaoke Week. What happened was almost entirely NSFW.

Where did you say you were from?

And finally, something we’ll all be guilty of this week, and every week. One of the great things about karaoke is that the lyrics are provided. That doesn’t mean the person who scrolls them for the karaoke video always gets them right, though they try real hard. Here’s ten of the most-often-misheard lyrics, courtesy of Mental Floss. You’re welcome, Gretchen.