Nothing changes the written word quite like speaking it. What might seem witty or original or devastatingly profound to an author can be revealed as absolutely ridiculous when uttered aloud especially when said author is a drug-abusing funk singer or a "Jersey Shore" cast member.
Road Less Traveled Productions will display this act of literary translation with its Celebrity Autobiography comedy series, which starts Saturday and runs weekly through August at Rohall's Corner (540 Amherst St.). At each show, local performers -- including Pat Kewley, Steve Brachmann and Kelly Ferguson-Moore -- will read the unintentionally funny memoirs of stars who probably should have never appeared on bookshelves in the first place. Saturday's show will exhibit the writings of Dustin "Screech" Diamond, the Kardashian sisters, Vanilla Ice and a recent New York Times best-selling author: Snookie. The following weeks will feature selections from luminaries such as Mr. T, Donald Trump and Buffalo's own bad boy Rick James.
All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students (cash only), and are available exclusively at Rohall's Corner 30 minutes before each performance. For the full Celebrity Autobiography schedule, visit www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org.
-- Jason Silverstein