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A funny thing happened after the X Games …: Athlete becomes a stand-up comedian

Lake Tahoe Action

Tuesday night’s Tahoe Comedy North show combines the talents of a nutty professor and a former X Games athlete.

Chris Karney began entertaining the nation in 1995, when he competed in the first X Games. He left his Iowa hometown of 400 at 14 to join the Mountain Dew Freeflite Bicycle Team. Today, Karney draws crowds larger than his hometown for his one-man show at San Francisco’s Pier 39 center stage.

Karney has toured the United States eight times, and he helps other performers when he’s off the road. Since 2001, he’s been developing “The Chris Karney Show,” a live variety show that gives performers a chance to explore new levels of entertainment.

“Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but at least there’s a full bar,” Karney said.

Karney weaves his talents as a comedian, magician, bike trickster, smoker, escape artist and all around nice guy into his performances. He often entertains guests with card and coin tricks before and after shows. Karney performs not only at coliseums and comedy clubs but also on major street corners coast to coast: He’s recognizable by his voice, his charisma – and your missing watch.

Self-proclaimed “dean of human relations,” headliner Professor Milo incorporates music as a “teaching device.” Peppering his 55-minute program with such bits as “Go Ugly Early,” “If Your Heart’s As Big As Your Butt Is” and “Baby’s Gone Musclebound,” Professor Milo can suggest dozens of ways to ruin a perfectly normal marriage.

James Lee Reeves began his entertainment career while attending UCLA. He graduated with a degree in history, but his talent for comedy and his love for music led him to the entertainment field. It was during this period that the ne’er-do-well, self-acclaimed star Milo Tremley was born.

Milo Tremley combines hard-laugh humor with music, making him one of the most sought-after headliners today. Milo has appeared on the popular syndicated radio shows “Bob and Tom” and “Dr. Demento,” as well as numerous radio and television stations around the country.

Professor Milo, Chris Karney and Eric Miller will appear at the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Casino at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, as part of Tahoe Comedy North. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

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