Wendy Liebman wraps up big year with week at the Improv comedy club | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Wendy Liebman wraps up big year with week at the Improv comedy club

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A handy Howie Nave gets a chin up on Improv headliner Wendy Liebman this week at Harveys Resort and Casino. Amir K is the funny man in the middle of the show, which is held nightly through Sunday.

It’s become almost a tradition to feature Wendy Liebman at Harveys Improv during the holiday season.

Wendy has a lot to be thankful for as 2012 winds down. This year she’s been on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, who was ecstatic when she appeared on his show. He used to open for her a lot when he started out doing standup. Wendy also celebrated her 50th this year doing a hilarious Showtime special which featured clips of her growing up with a video montage assembled by her talented husband, Jeff Sherman, who is a writer, producer and documentary filmmaker.

Some of Wendy’s prior television and film work include HBO’s Women of the Night, Comic Relief VII and the Paul Provenza and Penn Jilette movie, “The Aristocrats.” She’s also starred in her own HBO Comedy Half Hour special (one of the highest rated comedy half hours in HBO’s history by the way) and the Showtime special I mentioned is now available on DVD after her shows.

Wendy has so many great lines you think of long after she’s recited them. Some of my favorites include, “I found out why cats drink out of the toilet. My mother told me it’s because the water is cold in there. And I’m like, how did my mother know that?” Another is like Haiku: “Figure out your hair and wear what you want.” Or, how about, “Envisioning the future helps create it” and “Life is what’s right in front of you. Try to live in the moment.” Cool, huh?

My favorite line of hers from a while back when she used to smoke was, “People would always come up to me and say that smoking was bothering them. I would say ‘It’s killing me so why would I care about you?”

Wendy studied psychology and histrionics in Boston at a school she refers to as I.O.U. She got her start in standup by enrolling in a class called “How To Be a Stand-up Comedian” at the Cambridge Center For Adult Ed. She started doing open mike nights at Boston comedy clubs and for the next six years performed throughout New England. “I kept my secretarial day job, though I would call in sick a lot. I would say I had ‘female problems.’ My boss didn’t know I meant her.”

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Wendy says that the entertainment bug goes way back in her family. “My mother is a ventriloquist, but not professionally. For 10 years I thought the dog was telling me to kill my father.” Waiting a beat, she adds, “I got my brother to do it.”

It’s always fun when Wendy’s here. I hope you can make plans to drop by in between your holiday shopping. In fact, treat yourself to an early Christmas present and laugh and a first-rate comedy show.

I have to be honest with you; I wasn’t too familiar with comedian Amir K when I first saw him on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” I was pretty impressed.

I know he’s a good actor, having appeared in the hugely successful mega-hit “Argo,” which was written, directed, co-produced by and starring Ben Affleck. Talk about getting noticed!

He’s definitely an up-and-comer, tearing it up doing comedy competitions all over the country. He recently won Tommy T’s Stand-Up Comedy Competition in the Bay Area as well as the 100 comic Ultimate Laff-Down Stand-Up Comedy Competition in Southern California.

Two years ago Amir K won OC’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition and was a performer on the CBS Diversity Showcase. Following that, Amir was a finalist on NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase.

This being Amir K’s first time at the Tahoe Improv, I’m looking forward to not just working with him this week but also to see what else he will accomplish in 2013.

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