Tim Parsons
Lake Tahoe Action

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April 3, 2012
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Mike E. Winfield, Sandy Hackett take comedy stage tonight

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Sandy Hackett was just 11 years old when he made his national televised comedy debut.

He was on the set of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In" on which his father, Buddy Hackett, was a guest star. During a rehearsal skit, the youngster said, "I'm just a kid but I thought it was funny."

"Eight heads turned and looked at me and said, 'Can we use that?'" Hackett said.

Being around his dad clearly led to Sandy's Hackett's penchant for comedic delivery.

Hackett is the host of Tahoe Comedy North on Tuesday, April 3, in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.

The headliner is Mike E. Winfield, who since his last appearance here last fall, has had a couple of television opportunities beyond his recurring role on "The Office."

Winfield is the host of "Offbeat," a potential program on the music network Fuse.

"The are clips off YouTube or that have been submitted and are at world's disposal so I can make fun of it," said Winfield, who also auditioned for the voice of a Patton Oswalt cartoon superhero for a show on Fox. The character is black, but the resemblance to Winfield ends there.

"The drawing's face was covered but I could tell it didn't look like me," he said. "He had a cape on, so I think he can fly."

Hackett as a youngster couldn't fly, but he was a good skier who appeared in a 1984 movie filmed at Squaw Valley, "Hot Dog ... the Movie."

"I was the only actor who skied in the whole film," said Hackett, who can best be identified in the movie as the emcee of a wet T-shirt contest.

By hanging around his father, Sandy Hackett landed a second "Laugh In" appearance, this time in skits, and was interviewed at the age of 15 as a guest on "The Johnny Carson Show."

But Buddy Hackett was not happy with Sandy's career choice.

"He did not encourage me to go into comedy; in fact he was opposed to it," he said. "The first time I told him I was going on the road to do standup, he wept. And then he said, 'What name are you going to use?'" Buddy Hackett was further displeased to hear his son planned to use his real name.

"All these years I've been building up the name, I hate to see you (blank) it up in one outing," the elder Hackett said.

"He knew how tough it was and how heartbreaking it can be and he wanted to protect me, like any father wants to protect his child," Sandy Hackett said. "But ultimately I followed my heart and my dream and here I am doing this a lot of years later."

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Apr 3, 2012 11:11AM Published Apr 3, 2012 11:10AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.