Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Jackie Flynn and Kevin Flynn perform this week at Lake Tahoe
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Jackie Flynn & Kevin Flynn
Both the Flynns (not related) are Irish Catholic, and what started out 20 years ago as a “green week” of comedy has now turned into annual tradition. (Since we couldn’t do the comedy show the week of St. Patrick’s Day this year, we picked the one closest to it.)
Jackie grew up in the Boston area and went on to win numerous comedy awards before parlaying his comedy career into an equally successful film career.
The Farrelly Brothers (who have directed some of the funniest movies in the business) took a liking to Jackie and started casting him in countless flicks: 1996’s “Kingpin,” 2000’s “Me, Myself & Irene” (with Jim Carrey), 2001’s “Shallow Hal” (with Jack Black), 2003’s “Stuck on You” (alongside Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear), 2009’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and 2012’s “The Three Stooges” are just a few. His non-Farrelly Brothers movies include “Game Plan” (with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and “Hall Pass.”
When he’s not acting or doing stand-up, Jackie’s out on the golf course. He’s so good that Clint Eastwood has invited him several times to play the annual AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm Golf Tournament in Monterey.
Connecticut native Kevin has a varied background: He lettered in four different sports throughout high school. He went off to the University of Massachusetts on a soccer scholarship, and as two-time team captain he won a variety of honors including New England College Player of the Year, a silver medal in the National Sports Festival and a spot on the 1984 Olympic development team.
Kevin played three years of professional soccer in the Major Indoor Soccer League, and at this point in his career started exploring being a sports announcer. He excelled in the field and was asked to cover different events on networks including Fox Television, ESPN and ABC. He became well known among soccer fans as “The Half-Time Guy” due to his internationally broadcast halftime show at the 1994 World Cup.
During his stint as a broadcaster, Kevin (with his ease talking to the camera) expanded his commentary through comedy. He became an instant hit in New England, won The Boston Comedy Riot in 1988 and found himself on television again — this time for his stand-up work on NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” Canada’s “Open Mike” and many MTV comedy shows.
Kevin turned out to be a good actor as well and moved into the world of theater before heading west to do movies and television. On the small screen Kevin has played guest roles on NBC’s “Law & Order” and HBO’s “Sex and the City.” He appeared in the Farrelly Brothers’ movies “Me, Myself & Irene” (with Jackie) and “The Heartbreak Kid” with Ben Stiller, “Osmosis Jones” with Bill Murray and “Seven Day Itch,” also with Stiller. Kevin additionally has a popular show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
To have the two Flynns on the same bill this week is a powerhouse lineup.
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.