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Bruce Baum, Rahn Ramey deliver laughs this weekend at The Improv

Provided to the TribuneHowie Nave gives his longtime pal Bruce Baum a pointer prior to a night at The Improv.

Big time laughs from two comedic veterans are lined up this week at the The Improv at Harveys. Bruce Baum and Rahn Ramey deliver the punchlines with hilarious precision.

Bruce Baum

This is Bruce Baum’s second time performing at The Improv and his first this year. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me telling their favorite Bruce Baum story seeing him on television on so many shows you wonder if he is cloned or something. Just this week there was a guy who remembered seeing Bruce on the TV show, “Make Me Laugh.” He has been round for quite awhile and a very seasoned pro I might add. But just who is Bruce Baum and why is he worth shouting about? Well for one thing he is the only comic I know that has written and recorded some of the best comedy songs about cows. Gotta love an individual who loves cows and who doesn’t? One of the reasons happy cows reside in California is because Bruce resides in California and represents them well. Bruce has also appeared on “The Simpsons” playing himself on the episode entitled, “The Last Temptation of Krusty.” To be drawn by the show’s creator, Matt Groening must have been pretty mind boggling. Someone once called him “A 210 pound circus with a mustache” then rolled their eyes and passed out. He attended UCLA where he played football before transferring to UC Davis where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and then it was back to UCLA where he attended that university’s prestigious film school and earned an MFA in Film.

I was first introduced to Bruce back in the 80s in San Jose when I was a lowly columnist writing a humor column for some now defunct South Bay rag. I do remember that Bruce was hysterical and to see him make it up here was a highlight. His humor is kinetic and very improvisational which came in handy as he was hired as a consultant on ABC-TV’s popular “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Before that Bruce spent two years at Fox-TV as resident short film-maker and sketch comedian on “Sunday Comics” and “Comic Strip Live.” He was then drafted by “America’s Funniest People” where he appeared for two years in live and videotaped sketches. See? And who says college didn’t come in handy?

Bruce has opened for everybody in part because he has been around forever and was awarded two “Frackies” at Fox’s “Fractured Flickers Award Show” for his efforts which he is quite proud of in part because they were only given out once. Bruce headlines regularly in Las Vegas, Atlantic City at some of the most sought after venues but will take any gig he can because he likes to remain humble. He considers his week here in Tahoe as a possible highlight only because the week isn’t over yet. Over the years Bruce has built a solid reputation as a hard working entertainer and through his extensive exposure on television, film, radio and ‘live’ performances he has proven there is no retirement in comedy because he has no comprehensive retirement plan. He has a loving wife though so that is a huge bonus. Some of the many characters Bruce has created include Babyman, Dimples the Cow and Chiaman. Get ready to be inducted into the world of Baumism this weekend.

Rahn Ramey

This marks Rahn’s first time back in over a year. A headliner in his own right he’s one of those guys I just want to tour with because he is so easy going. He is non-stop funny. When he first came up here with comic Bob Marley it was like something had clicked. All three of us got along so well and nobody outshined each other but rather complimented one another. Working with Rahn was so great that first time that we were set to book gigs all over the country but then realized I was pretty much committed to remaining here so darn! Not that I’m not complaining mind you. Having Rahn Ramey here this week with Bruce just makes it like Home Coming Week.

You’ve likely seen Rahn Ramey in the movies “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles” and “Escape From New York.” When not doing the big screen you have probably seen him on television on the late night talk show circuit, HBO’s Comedy Relief, An Evening At The Improv and the Comedy Club Network. In the larger venues Rahn has opened for the likes of B.B. King, Al Jarreau, Randy Travis, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin and Smoky Robinson.

When it comes to his style of humor Ramey has no sacred cows amen! From the president to the press, the absurdity of Hollywood to the exploitation of blacks by blacks Ramey is an equal opportunity assailer and none too soon either I might add. Oh, without a doubt Rahn Ramey is also hands down one of the best dressed comedians we have ever had up here. Weird to fathom but can you believe that comedy wasn’t Ramey’s first career choice? After a dismal attempt at a career in law, Rahn Ramey thought, if they’re going to laugh, why not charge a cover? His sarcastic, sardonic, smart brand of comedy has served him well and he feels quite at home as a stand up. Ramey is one of the most sought after stand-up comedians in the country when not bragging about how well he is treated up here in Tahoe.

” Howie Nave is manager, host and emcee of The Improv at Harveys. Howie has just released a new DVD, “Howie Nave: Live From Lake Tahoe” and it is now available at his Web site

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