Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Kivi Rogers and Gary Cannon perform this week at Lake Tahoe |

Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Kivi Rogers and Gary Cannon perform this week at Lake Tahoe

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Kivi Rogers, pictured with Howie Nave, returns to The Improv at Harveys Lake Tahoe this week.
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Kivi Rogers

Some comedians are liked by just about everybody, and that’s not easy to accomplish. But with Kivi Rogers, who blends good humor into his style of comedy, the hilarity is accessible to all (maybe because he focuses on family and most of us came from one). Rogers’ upbringing is a great source of material: Growing up he was the second youngest of six boys and one girl in the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects. What it must have been like competing for parents’ attention! Rogers used his humor to get an edge over his siblings, which turned out to be a good training ground for his career in comedy.

Rogers’ credits include a nomination for “Comedian Of The Year” by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA). He was so in-demand within the niche he could have survived making bank just from doing the college and university circuit; however, he pulled back his bookings after a few years (probably from having to bunk in too many dorms).

Rogers has performed on cruise ships, too, but mainly in clubs and theaters across the country. His television credits started piling up, and he made guest appearances on “The West Wing,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,“ “VIP,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Dharma & Greg” and a host of other television sitcoms and late night appearances such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Rogers has done his fair share of motion pictures, some of which include “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (with Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow), “What I Did for Love” and “The Amati Girls” (which stars Academy Award winners Mercedes Ruehl and Cloris Leachman).

Rogers has also entertained our military all over the world and here in the United States.

Gary Cannon

Cannon has been a solid act for as long as I’ve known him. He started out in one of the more original ways of working with an audience: Cannon is what’s known as an audience “warm-up” guy who is hired by hit television shows to get audiences excited before the cameras roll. While living in New York City, Cannon would get studio audiences fired up on shows such as “The Late Late Show” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.” When he relocated to Los Angeles he did the same for “Dancing with the Stars,” Chelsea Handler’s E! show “Chelsea Lately” and a few others.

Cannon toured the country with NBC as the warm-up guy for “America’s Got Talent.” Shows love hiring Cannon because of his high energy and ability to work a crowd in a fun, clean and friendly manner. The comedian also works the top comedy clubs in the U.S. and is most proud of his time entertaining the troops in Iraq.

The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at

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