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Morris and Palascak at the Improv

It’s the return of Vince Morris to the Improv at Harveys. He’s a comic for all-time speaking from the heart and delivering his comedy direct and to the point. With his smooth, charismatic style, Vince delivers passionate views on topics including ignorance, hip-hop, self respect and being raised by a single father. I’m not sure why he hasn’t been up here for awhile. We were probably off the radar because of all the television he’s been doing. Among his credits are BET’s “Comic View,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam“ and “Sex And The City,” CBS’s “The Late Late Show,” “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and several Comedy Central half-hour comedy specials in addition to performing at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and the very first Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha. Vince tours constantly, headlining comedy clubs, theaters and colleges around the country. With the USO Vince has entertained our troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, as well as Japan.

His style is very charismatic and his smile can catch you off guard. As much as he enjoys making people laugh, he also wants to leave his audience thinking. Behind the laughs there are some pretty big issues going on that need to be addressed. Trust me too when I say that Vince never shies away from driving a message home, even if it takes the comedy to capture your attention.

Vince is one of those comics who knows it takes just as much (if not more) time putting together one’s act, promoting it and getting it out there as it does being in the moment onstage. Comics gotta be savvy in today’s market. “You gotta be tweeting, you gotta be Facebooking and you got to be your own person which is cool because it gives you some good ways to market yourself,” according to Vince. Truer words were never uttered. Michael Palascak

It may have taken him almost four years to make a second return trip up here, but Michael Palascak (pronounced PAL-a-sack) has a good excuse ­— a ton of cool happenings in such a short amount of time. Three years ago he seemed to have caught fire, performing on both “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Show with David Letterman” in the same year. And that was after winning multiple stand-up comedy contests, including a national HBO talent contest in Las Vegas, “Lucky 21.” Just last year Michael’s Comedy Central half-hour special debuted to rave reviews on Twitter. He also did his very first appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” not bad.

Michael grew up in the Midwest in the small town of Wabash, Ind. After high school his parents moved to Chicago, where Michael spent his summers working at a warehouse, playing baseball and doing stand-up comedy. After college Michael moved to Chicago to pursue both comedy and living with his parents full-time. Yes, by choice he moved in with his parents. This led to the development of his one-person sketch show, “Pursuing Happiness: A bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents’ house, got a real job and got married. Performed by a guy who didn’t.” Michael has performed at clubs and colleges all around the country, including the other Improvs. He received his training at The Second City in Chicago. Yep, he is also a good sketch comic as well. I’m looking forward to playing catch up with both Vince and Michael, as it has been awhile.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 14, 2014 10:07AM Published May 14, 2014 03:41PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.