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Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Jack Gallagher at The Loft; Dat Phan at The Improv

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Jack Gallagher performs at Howie's House of Comedy at The Loft on Sunday, April 28.
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It finally feels like spring here at the lake. And with it comes some comedians to help thaw out the remaining winter funk.

I can’t think of a better individual than comedian Jack Gallagher to kick it off.

Jack started his professional comedy career in Boston during the comedy boom of the 1980s. As part of that explosive scene, Jack helped establish such clubs like The Comedy Connection, Stitches and the legendary Ding-Ho Comedy Club.

From there he worked just about every venue coast to coast. He did very well in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, which established him on the West Coast.

After relocating out here, Jack started appearing on network and cable television, including his own ABC sitcom “Bringing Up Jack” and a recurring role on the HBO Original Series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

A favorite of talk/variety show hosts and audiences, Jack made numerous appearances on “The Tonight Show” with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

He has also appeared in “Heartbreak Ridge” with Clint Eastwood and was featured in the made for television movie “Incident at Ruby Ridge.”

In addition to headlining virtually every major comedy club in the country, Gallagher has written several amazing one-man shows and has appeared in concert with Dolly Parton, The Four Tops and Tony Bennett … just to name a few.

Catch Jack this Sunday at Howie’s House of Comedy in The Loft Tahoe.

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

Phan at The Improv

Dat Phan started out on television via the very first “Last Comic Standing” reality show.

Of course it didn’t hurt that the show’s network, NBC, also was the home for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” where Dat appeared on almost immediately after he won the competition.

Things soon took off and Dat was getting booked everywhere. He had a small but funny spot in the movie “Cellular,” which starred Kim Basinger and Jason Statham.

Before all that fame Dat was answering phones for Budd Friedman’s Improv in Hollywood, taking reservations just so he could get the much needed stage time to perfect his craft. I keep thinking how ironic it must have been for Dat fielding calls from other comedians tying to get booked in that room by a fellow comic attempting to get the same thing for himself.

It paid off though in a major way and fortunately Dat seized upon the opportunity, taking it further because of his tenacity and, of course, his talent.

Dat’s healthy work ethic can be traced back to his family’s roots. That and Dat said he wanted to rectify the under-representation of Asian America in the media and theater arts, noting, “we are more than just martial artists!”

Born in Saigon and raised in San Diego, Dat has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the 10 most influential Vietnamese Americans.

Dat has DVDs and and a slew of credits. He’s been in the movies “Sake-Bomb,” “Hungover Games,” “108 Stitches” (with Dat Phan in a co-leading role) and “Kong: Skull Island.”

He’s also appeared in the series “Bones,” “Scorpion,” “The Last Ship,” “Startup,” “Spring Break ’83” and “NAMCAR Night Race.”

Catch Dat at The Improv inside Harveys.

The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.