A judge walks into a bar and launches into a stand-up routine. The bartender asks, “Is this a joke?” The judge says, “Let me check with the Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities.”

That’s not exactly how South Hackensack, N.J., Judge Vincenzo Sicari — alias comic “Vince August” — got into an ethics pickle. But he did make the inquiry, and the outcome wasn’t so funny: The panel that regulates New Jersey municipal judges’ moonlighting said he can’t decide cases by day and do shtick by night.