When I wake up at 4:30 a.m. on a weekday to post who will be on my morning radio show, I’ll usually have anywhere from 15 to 35 comments on my Facebook page. When I wake up at 4:30 a.m. to post who my guests are on any particular day and see that 55 to 60 comments have been there waiting for me to read, I know that Mike Pace has had a lot on his mind between midnight at 4:30 a.m. So with him being here this week I get the rare opportunity of hearing what he has to say rather than writing about it.
Pace is a favorite and makes no apologies on his opinions, especially when it comes to current affairs. Like me, he’s been over to the Middle East to entertain our troops numerous times. And, whatever he feels about America’s involvement overseas in any conflict, he puts our men and women in uniform first, which sometimes puts him in direct conflict with himself (he’s going to really get pissed at me for writing this, but, Mike, it’s true and we both know it).
Pace’s comedy is always biting, sarcastic and topical. Others apparently feel the same, which is why he’s been invited to appear on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the Emmy-nominated “Comic Relief,” and performed at the Aspen Comedy Arts Festival. He’s been on TBS, PBS and the nationally syndicated “Comics Unleashed” and “Bob and Tom Show.” You’ve probably also seen him on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” as well as on Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network.” The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Denver Post have described Pace as an “expressive, natural performer,” a “chameleon mastering everyday characters,” with the “well-scrubbed look of a mischievous boy-next-door with perverse habits,” respectively. It’s true.
He has shared the stage with everyone including Drew Carey, Jerry Seinfeld, B.B. King, Natalie Cole and Simply Red.
Offstage Pace is a great guy to spar with, so I’m really looking to chat with him this week and hear what it is that has been gnawing at him lately.
Having David Gee the same week as Pace is going to be a good one. Gee can be just as political as Mike, and I’m sure some of the events going on right now will find their way on stage into a very funny routine. Gee is always tapped the week that we have the American Century Championship because, in addition to being a fine comedian, he’s an incredible impressionist. His Vin Scully, voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is so dead-on it’s uncanny. His golf material (perfect for this week) is also hilarious, so audience members up here are going to get an added bonus watching Gee perform this week.
Gee loves performing at Lake Tahoe in part because it’s one of the few places he gets to be the middle act. At our Las Vegas room, Gee is booked as host more than any other comic because his skills as a host are the best. He sets the table, so to speak, making it easier for the other comics that he brings up. Because he’s such a great host Gee is asked to host numerous charity events, be it for golf tournaments, television shows like the one for Entertainment Tonight and fundraisers all the time. Last year Gee received a huge national bump when he was showcased on comedienne Rita Rutner’s Showtime special, “Rita Rudner and 3 Potential Ex-Husbands.” He was one of her ex-husbands and, comedy-wise, I felt he was the strongest.
In addition to his comedy and Showtime special, David has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight” and was a semi-finalist on ABC’s “The Next Best Thing.” We both love movies so, for me, one of the highlights of seeing a David Gee show is the part where he pays homage to some of the greatest movies and the actors in them. Those bits alone are worth the ticket price.