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July 29, 1993|ANNE LOUISE BANNON

Comedian Jay Parker describes what he and his friends do as "kind of a cross between 'Saturday Night Live' and a bad nightmare. It's basically sketches and some improv."

Parker is one of three Subterranean Lounge Lizards who will perform their brand of off-the-wall comedy Friday night at the Discafe Bohem in Los Feliz.

The group, which includes Andrea Silver and Alejandro Lang, usually focuses on relationships and "personal stuff," Parker said.

"We make fun of everything, no-holds-barred kind of stuff," he said. "During the election, we'll have a sketch hitting the Democrats and then we'll have one hitting the Republicans."

And they get, well . . .

"If it's not really funny, it's really weird," said Parker, such as their version of Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," with Abbott and Costello playing the two lead characters.

The Lizards were hatched out of East Los Angeles College.

"Alejandro and I decided we

were going to do a group, sort of a cross between improvisation and performance art. We started out doing imitations of classic movies," Parker said. "We'd go out on the Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and do street performing back in July of last year, and no one else was doing that sort of thing."

They were soon discovered by the Hollywood Redevelopment Agency, which hired them to perform at Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.

"We had to fight with the prostitutes to work there," Parker said.

That led to their first gig at the Discafe in October, 1992, and they have been there most Friday nights since.

The Discafe Bohem is on the second floor at 4430 Fountain Ave. The Lizards don't go on until 11 p.m., so you have plenty of time for dinner, or arrive at 9 p.m. and you can enjoy the Crouch Brothers and Are You Talking Ta Me, who perform at 10. There's a $5 cover charge.

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