Welcome to the Fabulous Barka Lounge

… high atop the Hyannis Hyatt, the happening hot spot where the elite meet to greet.  My name’s Nick Chewtoy, and I’ll be entertaining you this evening.  Like to start off with a little number, kind of a personal favorite of mine, called “Stardust.”  Hope you like it…



  1. metsakins says:

    I think I’ve been in that lounge. They do make a good strawberry daquiri.

  2. Thank you all for coming. You’ve been a great audience. I’ll be here all week.

    Don’t forget to try the veal.

  3. Beth (in NC) says:

    Even after all these years, he still loves making music. His passion! It inspires me.

    I’ve been to that lounge as well. And although it was a different pianist, he still went to sleep on the keyboard…

  4. Hysterical.

  5. hon glad says:

    A little atonal for my taste, still it could catch on.

  6. I’m pretty sure that’s photoshopped. I can tell by the pixels. /snark

    Didn’t Liberace pull a “lie down on the keyboard” move back in the day?

  7. ROFL…that’s just the worst…the noise just perpetuates itself!

  8. “Where’re you from? Columbus, Ohio? Lets get a round of applause for Columbus, Ohio! Are you folks married? 40 years! Ladies and gentlemen, married 40 years! Any kids? Ladies and gentlemen, 47 kids!!!”

  9. Lulz. Thanks for the morning chuckle!

  10. emudoug says:

    i could watch this all day long.

  11. Is he barking AT the keyboard, or WITH it?

  12. Sometimes people postulate that dogs howl when their owns play music because it hurts their ears, well this proves them wrong, unless this dog is a masochist . . .

  13. temperance says:

    my dog has obviously seen this act before- he broke into song after only a few notes…

  14. marthava says:

    I must commend the videographer for stifling his/her laughter in the interest of fine cinematography. I would have choked to death trying not to laugh. And I particularly like Porter’s definition-of-the-term “baleful glance” at :49.

  15. claudemarie says:

    *flicks Bic*

  16. Caitlin says:

    lol- this is exactly what happened when the rabbi blew the shofar yesterday 😀

    (we were on her farm, hence the animules. and let me tell you, the chickens were NOT PLEASED :p)

  17. kristabelle41 says:

    A musical genius!

  18. ROFL! Awesome.. my doggy promptly came by to see what was going on and kept doing the Baroo thing. Then she settled down and whined :-p

  19. “But dear neighbor, your dog doesn’t only howl when you’re away. It howls and plays piano. Badly.”

  20. Camille says:

    And I thought only cats played the piano. Silly me.

  21. Von Zeppelin says:

    I remember Nick when he was just getting started. We didn’t have all this fancy “electronic” equipment in those days. NIck cut a shellac demo disc and we took it to RCA Victor. We played it for Nipper, who was the big producer in those days. He loved it! You should have seen him listening to the Victrola with his head cocked. He signed Nick to a big contract right on the spot. (I won’t say that there was any favoritism, but it probably helped that Nipper was also a dog.) The rest is history. Nick was one of the first to make the crossover from canine music to the pop charts.

  22. charliewabba says:

    Caitlin – I’m kind of boggling at the images presented by the chickens objecting when the Rabbi blew the shofar on her farm…that’s a congregation I’d like to belong to.

    And I couldn’t help thinking
    “Star Waaaars,
    Nothing but Staaaaaaaar Wars………..”

  23. berthaservant says:

    Those Philip Glass compositions usually are tough to pull off in a festive lounge setting, but Porter (named after Cole, I’m sure) manages to pull it off.

    At least he’s not playing “Piano Man.”

    [ohdeargod now I’m imagining Philip Glass playing Billy Joel on karaoke night, and it is not, not good… – Ed.]

    [Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man,
    Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man,
    Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man,
    Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man,
    Sing us a Piano Man, you’re the song,
    Sing us a Piano Man, you’re the song,
    Sing us a Piano Man, you’re the song,
    Sing us a Piano Man, you’re the song… seriously, it just keeps going – Ed.]


  24. charliewabba says:

    Barka Lounge.

  25. Oh great. Now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day!

  26. Gotta love the “Big Finish”!

    [Right on. Doggie sings the blues… – Ed.]

  27. Gail (the first one) says:

    @Caitlin: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “High Anxiety,
    Whenever you’re near.
    High An-XIETY,
    It’s you that I fear.
    (aside) And kids, be good to your parents, they’ve been good to you….

  28. Anyone been to the Sip ‘n’ Dip in Great Falls, MT? The singer Pat? It’s kinda like that.

  29. Nick is awesome: and so are NTMTOM & Von Zeppelin; so much talent;
    perhaps they can collaborate sometime and produce a CD;; I’d buy it!!! 😀

  30. catloveschanel says:

    I think his style reflects the BOW-HOUSE school of
    artistic stylings.

  31. skippymom says:

    NTMTOM–why Hyannis? Just curious as I lived on the Cape for many years.

  32. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    @skippymom: I think I just liked the sound of “Hyannis Hyatt.” 🙂

  33. carol m says:

    Bill Murray ref. ftw, charliewabba!

    Doggy sings much better than Kelly Pickler.

  34. skippymom says:

    Fair enough. I just checked and there isn’t really a Hyatt in Hyannis, which kind of makes it cooler, don’t you think?

  35. BonzoGal says:

    Where’s his tip jar?

  36. copperbat says:

    This video is wonderful, the capshon is hilarious, and the comments – every last one of them – are brilliant! Thanks CO peeps. You totally made my day! 😀

  37. Diane B in LA says:

    Nora the piano playing cat need not feel threatened by this howler.

  38. @Gail– “Hey! ‘Xiety!”

  39. Come back next week when the gorgeous Ms. Nora joins me for some keyboard magic and we really get wailing.


  40. abs0lutelyfab says:

    Right after, he dropped his microphone on the stage and walked off without a word.

  41. charliewabba says:

    Oh, I just get so tired of these weepy-poor-me-self-indulgent-I-am-a-tortured-artist singer songwriters.

  42. Wow, canine taste in music runs toward the Yoko Ono.

    [Oh no… – Ed.]

  43. Translated:
    “You are the sunshine of my life… ‘hey’ that’s why I’ll always be around!”

  44. CUTE!!! my boxer sings along with harmonica and violin… now we’ll have to start him on piano lessons!

  45. Geez, he and Nora the piano-playing cat should get together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ860P4iTaM

  46. Dexter Fishmore says:

    Still better than Billy Joel.

  47. Do dogs KNOW when they are funny?

  48. Laureling says:

    Arr Arr – I think they do! At least, I think my dog does because he is a total ham.

  49. Noelle (the First) says:

    Johanna…I really have to catch that show next week. Ms. Nora is my favorite. I wonder, what songs would a doggie and kittie do if they did a duet? Maybe “I’m a little bit counrty, I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll”?

    { My migraine has put me in a comedy block and I can’t think of anything funny…can anybody help me?}

  50. Samantha says:

    I think someone needs to give this guy a mambo beat and see what he can do with that.

  51. Paunchie says:

    lawd, I saw this over on yahoo and wondered if it would get posted here. (Covers ears!) what a racket!

  52. sushiomelette says:

    encore! encore!

  53. Aardvark says:

    Seems as though the pianist was a little put out by the laughing of the audience at the end.

  54. “They all laughed when I saw down at the keyboard. Because I am a dog.”

  55. berthaservant says:

    LOL Teho. We should have our minimalist composers cover more popular music. Michael Nyman plays Kelly Clarkson! John Cage sings Dolly Parton! Steve Reich covering “Oh Sherry” by Steve Perry!

    [You are a menace to civilization as we know it. And I feel fine. – Ed.]

  56. Gail (the first one) says:

    “…And don’t forget the Armada Room’s Friday Night Disco Swing Party! We’ll be right back. Don’t you go changin’!!”

  57. Juniper Jupiter says:


    That was just plum awful piano-playin’! But in his defense, his “singin'” was pitch perfect!!! 😀

    Oh, and that BARROOM!!! crack, Ed? My little sister had the corniest joke to go with that punchline….

    How do you know when a farting elephant’s in a tavern?

    Hey, I said it was corny, I didn’t say it was great!

  58. Sasha's mum says:

    But can he dance?

  59. Mary (the first) says:

    I always thought a “barkalounger” was some kind of chair.. now I see it’s a habitue’ of the Barka Lounge and most likely fan of the musical renderings of Porter, stage name “Nick Chewtoy”. I would certainly go there for a margarita or two .. more if the night called for it (and I think it would.)

  60. Cordelia says:

    ROFLOL – fantastic! I heard Heidi Montag wanted to open for him but he turned her down. Wise move, Nick.

  61. this was on Bonnie Hunt today on TV

  62. boomer13 says:

    will my avitar show up… love this dog

  63. Due to the keyboards, I’m reminded of spontaneous outbreaks of “Louie Louie” from my undergrad years.

    I haven’t laughed this hard in days. Thanks!

  64. Patricia says:

    My two cats freaked when I played this. They took off like bullets and hid, I think they thought there was a singing dog in the apartment.

  65. kibblenibble says:

    It’s so tragic…artists like him are never appreciated in their own time…

  66. victoreia says:

    @Patricia: apparently cats just don’t consider dogs musicians. My kitty girl did the same thing.

  67. Theresa- High Anxiety- “You WInnnnnnnnn”!!! Great song.

  68. This dog is a nut.

  69. Rapwnzel says:

    He’s got soul.

  70. After further viewing, when Porter puts his arm on the keyboard at the end, he’s just saying…

    “There will be NO encore!”

  71. Well, he’s never going to replace Nora the Piano Cat.

  72. Stellasmom says:

    gasp!…can’t,…stop…laughing…must…stop…gasp…reading…gasp…must…watch…forever…BWAAAhahahahahahh….ahhhaahahahahahah….snort…nerd laugh……….