Scott Record is at home on land or sea.
There was a time where this week's Improv headliner spent as much time working cruise ships as he did theaters across the country on land. It's been a couple of years since Scott performed on our stage, so we welcome back his versatile style of entertainment blending music, singing, and voice impressions, all with a hilarious slant to it.
Scott's come a long way, starting out doing small rooms, working hundreds of comedy clubs before graduating up to theaters complete with a full-blown orchestra complementing his act.
When Scott started out it was a much simpler act but his comedy caught the attention of Rodney Dangerfield. Scott was booked immediately into his New York club, Dangerfield's, where he became a house favorite. When he wasn't in town he was on the road opening for the comedic icon in huge venues, exposing Scott to a wider and more diversified audience.
Soon he was opening for entertainment legends such as Ann-Margaret, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, The Gatlin Brothers, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Huey Lewis and the News, Celine Dion, Cher and Clint Black.
Scott is "old school," bridging the kind of comedy one might find on a Las Vegas stage back in the era of the Rat Pack to a more contemporary show that includes parodying artists from the current generation. His CDs include a wide range of styles such as his very funny rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic "New York, New York," then in the same breath pokes fun of artists such as The Back Street Boys and singer-songwriter James Blunt.
When not on stage, Scott is a producer and writer who starred in his own travel-culinary television show, "Destination with Scott Record," and performed for ESPN as their master of ceremonies for their annual ESPY awards dinner. I've never met such a versatile entertainer.
Scott also contributes to fundraising events. He performed with Harry Connick Jr. and the legendary Norm Crosby for the muscular dystrophy organization known as ACT. He also was part of the annual Long Island Comedy Festival receiving a standing ovation for his part of the program.
If he has time while performing up here, he will actually prepare sushi for the comics before some of the comedy shows. I wish he was booked here more frequently.
The introduction of new faces on our stage continues with Marianne Sierk, who performs at the Improv with Record and myself this week.
Comedian Allan Havey (who's here next month) told me about Marianne. He said she is not only fun to work with but a real joy off stage as well.
A native of upstate New York, Marianne graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in drama. She put that degree to use as a waitress at many popular New York City bars, cafes and clubs. Way to go, Sierk!
Realizing that her dream of being a traveling theatrical star was not going to materialize, she went to a comedy club to cheer up. Wouldn't you know it, after watching several female comedians tell horrible jokes and get no laughs she thought to herself, "I could tell horrible jokes and get no laughs, too!"
And that's exactly what she did for many months. Welcome to the world of showbiz, Marianne.
A year into her standup experience, she caught the attention of the producers of VH1's "I Love the '80s" and was asked to be a commentator on the show. This led to more than 20 appearances and helped hone her quirky, fun style of comedy never having to work bars, cafes and clubs again.
Because Marianne works "clean," she started getting asked to do some corporate events in addition to being booked to perform at colleges and universities all over the country.
She moved to Los Angeles bringing her off-beat style to commercials and small films. That's part of the Sierk magic: never taking herself too seriously. It has worked wonders for her and other comics should borrow a page from her comedy notebook.
Marianne still finds time in-between her cross-country performances to make indie videos, shoot commercials and entertain audiences with her carefree, somewhat animated style.
Marianne was also part of Tru TV's "World's Dumbest," NBC's "Comics Unleashed," The BBC's "The World Stands Up" and Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham."
Now she can add Lake Tahoe Improv.