DAVID GREENE, host: Well, if Aziz likes to sing so much, I've got some advice for the comedian. He should hitch a ride some time with Joel Laguidao. Joel's a cab driver in Arlington, Virginia. Jump in his backseat and he'll ask you two questions: where you're going and do you want the mike? Joel is known as the karaoke cabbie. He's got two small monitors for reading the lyrics and a big silver microphone in his cab. I had to check it out, and so Joel agreed to pick me up outside our studios here in Washington.
Here's our ride. Are you Joel?
JOEL LAGUIDAO: Yeah. I'm Joel.
GREENE: I'm David. Nice to meet you.
LAGUIDAO: David, nice to meet you.
GREENE: You're the karaoke cab.
LAGUIDAO: Yeah. It's me.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BED OF ROSES")
LAGUIDAO: (Singing) I want to lay you down on a bed of roses. For tonight I'll sleep on a bed of nails.
GREENE: Why did you want to do this?
LAGUIDAO: Because I have a microphone, I sing in the house and then I try to put in the car.
GREENE: For you. So it started out - you wanted to...
LAGUIDAO: For me. Yeah, for me. Yeah, for me.
GREENE: You sing karaoke at home and you were like, I should do this while I'm driving.
LAGUIDAO: Yeah, yeah.
GREENE: And did a passenger sort of see and say, hey...
GREENE: ...my turn.
(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)
LAGUIDAO: The passenger said, oh, I want to sing.
(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)
GREENE: Not everyone likes to sing, and so I was curious to see what happens when Joel picks up passengers. We rolled up to a bar.
LAGUIDAO: You want to ride and sing?
TIM JACOBS: Hey, hey, hey. Karaoke cab. Do you want to get in? We're going, like, literally two blocks.
LAGUIDAO: Two blocks? No problem.
GREENE: That's great. You got to sing. Here's the microphone.
GREENE: Whoever's - it's all you.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUMMER OF '69")
JACOBS: (Singing) The summer of '69, me and some guys from school...
GREENE: You're the expert. Do you think people who have had some drinks sing, they sing better?
LAGUIDAO: Yeah. Some people, when I pick up and I ask them, OK, do you like to sing? And then they get my number, and then after like, 1 o'clock in the morning, 2 o'clock, they call me. And then after that, they shout in the car and sing. Need more liquid in the belly first. Yeah.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SUMMER OF '69")
JACOBS: (Singing) Those were the best days of my life. Oh, yeah.
GREENE: After those crooners got out of the cab, Joel and I did one final number together.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LET IT BE")
GREENE: (Singing) Here we go. When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
LAGUIDAO: (Singing) When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be, yeah.
GREENE: The Potomac River has never looked so pretty as tonight. I have to say that, Joel.
LAGUIDAO: Thank you, everybody. See you next year.
(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)
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