I feel as if I’m waking up to Allan Havey every Monday morning down on the radio when we launch into “Howiewood & Haveywood,” where we talk everything related to the big and small screen from an insider’s perspective (not me of course, but Allan).
I have to admit having him up here in person this week is special and just a delight. Allan is still on a high of sorts from all of the programs he’s been on in 2013. This year has been a good year for Havey. He’s appeared on NBC’s “The Office,” the season-six finale of “Mad Men” on AMC and in the Emmy-nominated FX Network sitcom, “Louie,” where he worked his good bud, comedian and actor Louis C.K. Havey, a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan, was also part of baseball legend Tony La Russa donating his time to Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).
Allan has appeared on the big screen in “Hancock” with Will Smith, “The Informant!” with Matt Damon, “Internal Affairs” with Richard Gere and Andy Garcia, “Checking Out” with Jeff Daniels, “Rounders” (again with Damon) and “Wild Things Part 2: The Glades” with Isaiah Washington. He is currently working on a feature-length film with fellow comedian/actor Chris Rock. Kids, this is an important reminder to stay on good terms with those you started out with you because you can return a favor when the opportunity presents itself, OK?
On the small screen Havey has appeared on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central. He’s also made appearances on Ashton Kutcher’s prank show, “Punk’d.”
In addition to his many credits, Allan has entertained our troops at military bases both overseas and at home.
He’s also appeared in just about every major comedy festival and on radio shows all over the globe. That takes us back to “Howiewood & Haveywood” here in South Lake Tahoe on my little radio show (shameless plug: “Howie’s Morning Rush on KRLT 93.9 the Lake). Both Allan and I are huge fans of movies. I’ve been reviewing them now for the past two decades, so having Allan on my show every Monday is a real treat because he has a unique insider’s perspective. I also get to fill content, so it’s a win-win, right Allan?
It’s always fun to see what some of the comics do in their professional lives in between their appearances up here at Tahoe. The last time Jann Karam appeared here, like four years ago, she had done several stints on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Before that I remember her being one of Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriends on his long-running sitcom.
Los Angeles knows Jann very well as she has appeared in many productions down there onstage, in the theaters and the comedy club circuit. She’s an accomplished writer, producer and has acted in several of her own one-woman shows. Her latest venture is called “Reclining Nude on La Cienega” and has received incredible reviews. Jann describes it as “a hand painted adventure about life, love and finding a place to lie down.” The Hollywood Report Card said, “This entertaining show is both delightful and poignant. While Jann occasionally reclines on the canvas-draped sofa, the only nudity here is Jann’s naked truth. I take that back, her truth is dressed in comedy.” The Huffington Post says, “She’s hip, charismatic, and cool. She combines confidence and trepidation. When she addresses the audience, you feel as if she’s speaking to no one but you. You’d love to have her as a best friend, a drinking buddy, or a confidante. She’d be a delight to have as a companion on a cross-country trip. The stories she paints of her family and relationships resonate in our own desire to forge safe havens and creative sanctuaries.”
Jann has an extensive theater background dating way back when she was a part of The Second City in Chicago. Her club work includes performing at Improvs, Catch A Rising Star in New York, and The Laugh Factory. She’s appeared on “The Tonight Show,” HBO’s “Young Comedians” and Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.”
She also wrote, directed and starred in the festival favorite and award-winning movie “Under The Big Muu-Muu” for Castle Rock Entertainment.