Somehow, Flip Orley has managed to make a living as a comic hypnotist--and he doesn't even have to play at senior-citizen centers. He wants to bring hypnotism to a younger audience, an audience that sees hypnotism as a way to stop smoking or lose weight, not to make a roomful of people laugh. So far, he has been fortunate, winning over crowds at comedy clubs across the country and making successful appearances on The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight. Orley's gimmick is that no two shows are alike, because every show is based on audience participation. Unlike past comic hypnotists, Orley claims he doesn't humiliate his volunteers. You think the people he has made forget their own names, regress to age 5, or pledge undying love to complete strangers would agree with him?
We don't care if Orley plays sold-out shows at every comedy club in the United States. We still think it's a scam or, at the very least, a cheap form of comedy. Other comedians have to build an act, test jokes, find their own takes on things. Orley just has to think of funny situations to put his "volunteers" into. "I know. I'll make two random people start making out in front of the club! That's comedy gold!" Maybe I should take that back. I don't want to be walking around the streets of Dallas clucking like a chicken.
Flip Orley headlines at Addison's Improv, located at 4980 Belt Line, from July 8 to July 19. Tickets are $15. Call (972) 404-8501.