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Twisted tale: death of joke about bacon

Dan Gabriel woke one morning to the smell of bacon, and an idea came to him.

Comedian Dan Gabriel has lost his appetite for bacon bits.

He said a joke came to him about four or five years ago.

“I was sleeping at my grandmother’s house and woke up to the smell of bacon, and I just thought that was a better way to wake up than an alarm clock.”

So he put the idea into his act.

“I was doing it along with a couple of other invention bits,” Gabriel said. “I just sort of did them all together. … The alarm clock always got the biggest laugh so the bit evolved into this telling everybody about the one invention.”

Unbeknownst to Gabriel, Matty Sallin pitched the “Wake and Bacon” idea last week on “Shark Tank,” an ABC television program in which entrepreneurs explain the idea to wealthy business personalities such as Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. Sallin said he came up with the idea when he was taking an introductory electronics college course. He even added his own comedic slogan: “Rise and swine.”

None on the panel, however, wanted to invest with Sallin, with one member saying it would be a fire hazard.

Earlier, on an episode NBC’s “The Office,” Wired Magazine reported, a character put bacon strips on a George Foreman Grill and set it to cook in the morning, inventing “The Bacon Alarm Clock.”

Gabriel estimates he’s told his bacon bit before tens of thousands of people.

“It’s been a staple of my act for a while,” he said. “It’s not a signature piece but a very good introductory bit that I know will get a solid two minutes of laughs out, so I’ll put it at the beginning because nobody gets offended by it.”

Others may be hogging in on his idea, but Gabriel said his future material will be kosher.

“I’m an artist and I should be constantly be creating,” he said. “I shouldn’t be relying on a bit I wrote four years ago.”

A comic using another comedian’s material is no laughing matter. Just ask Carlos Mencia.

Other than being the subject of a Fish Stick bit on “South Park,” Mencia has faded into obscurity after an onstage confrontation with an accusatory Joe Rogan who cited examples of plagiarism.

Gabriel didn’t think Sallin’s Wake and Bacon will be successful.

“You have to sleep with raw bacon by your head,” he said.

If someone rolled over the wrong way, it would give new meaning to pigs in a blanket.

“I might be eating my words,” Gabriel said. “Ten years from now I might be ready to go jump off the Golden Gate Bridge because the bacon alarm clock has become the new iPod.”

Sallin also was scheduled to pitch his product on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” But on his blog he Tweeted: “Just got pre-empted by a surprise appearance of Charlie Sheen acting all crazy. Dang.”

As a professional comedian, Gabriel gets the last laugh.

“(Sallin) will never be able to add the s— -smell snooze button,” he said.

If a person doesn’t rise after five minutes, the aroma would turn into what would otherwise be smelled in the bathroom, reminding the sleeper to get up because he has s— to do.

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