Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Dave Mencarelli at The Loft; Paula Bel at The Improv; Jeff Capri at Carson Comedy Club |

Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Dave Mencarelli at The Loft; Paula Bel at The Improv; Jeff Capri at Carson Comedy Club

Dave Mencarelli, left, performs at Howie's House of Comedy Sunday.

A lot of comedians have an energetic style about them that parallels their delivery, making them animated and outgoing. Not so with comedian Dave Mencarelli.

He has low self esteem, is kinda anxiety prone and has a mild narcissism about him. The result is a decidedly twisted view of life that makes Dave pretty funny. He probably sounds more like someone in your family than a professional comedian. But professional he is, being a veteran on late night TV and, yes, even traffic school. Hey, we all had to start somewhere.

Oh, and get this: he has his own morning radio show too (God, his listeners must always be in a state of depression). Dave focuses on topics that range from marriage to divorce (and the sequels that followed), raising kids and dealing with his difficult family members. Well worth seeing.

Hey, think how much better you will feel about yourself. You can see Dave at Howie’s House of Comedy at The Loft Tahoe in Heavenly Village next to the cinema. Get tickets at the door or online at

Howie’s House of Comedy at The Loft starts at 9 p.m. Sundays.

Bel at The Improv

If you like your comedy on the edge then you’ll enjoy Paula Bel.

I first saw her on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and from what I remember she scared me. No, seriously she’s very good and has no shortage of opinions, which makes her one of the best rant-and-raving comedians I’ve seen in a while.

Apparently Paula laid it on pretty good while commenting on reality TV shows, bashing pregnant teens and other reality misfires on the Nick at Nite and TV Guide networks. She’s appeared on Showtime’s “Full Frontal Comedy” and HBO’s “Las Vegas Comedy Festival.”

And I seem to recall seeing her in Santa Cruz long before I came up here to Tahoe.

She’s good people too. I remember Paula telling me there was a time she wanted to get out of comedy. Man, so glad she didn’t.

She’s at The Improv inside Harveys this week.

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

Capri at The Improv

A personal fav is just down the mountain this weekend at the Carson Comedy Club. Jeff Capri is a well-seasoned comedian who I would have to describe as “energetically laid back.”

Capri is not just a great comedian but is part of a legacy. His dad, Dick Capri, was quite the entertainer in his day. I should rephrase that: his dad was and still is a great comic himself now working what we call “The Catskills circuit.” But back in the day he did clubs, theaters and Broadway. Talk about your comedy heritage — how strange and how cool having your dad in the business that you would one day pursue.

Jeff does very well working in Las Vegas, where he is a favorite, and has made many television appearances including “Comics Unleashed,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star” and has opened for the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Joy Behar, Rich Jeni and Adam Sandler.

He has an interesting stage presence coupled with a sharp wit and a timely delivery that has served him well both here in the states and abroad. He has performed overseas entertaining our troops and is considered by his peers to be the consummate professional.

Jeff’s resume is pretty extensive when it comes to the venues he has worked at, ranging from private corporate events, high school grad-nights, bars and nightclubs, to national television, USO Celebrity Tours to even a nudist colony. Yes, a nudist colony (Jeff kept his clothes on … whew).

Shows at the Carson Comedy Club, inside the Carson Nugget, take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Learn more at

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