Comedian Bobby Collins to perform at the Improv at Harveys
It’ll be rare having Bobby Collins up here at the Improv at Harveys this week because is usually only here during the winter. However, since our winter could have doubled as summer, Bobby probably won’t know the difference.
We’re fortunate to have him, in part because Collins has a sizable following up here. It’s easy to see why. He has an engaging and positive rapport with his audience, touching on everything from being a New Yorker, to family situations, to odd and annoying people, to having a unique bond with his dog. His shows are always fun and tend to create good, word-of-mouth exposure, which means we’ll get the same folks back who attended an earlier show, as well as the new converts they bring with them. It’s because of this following that we’re having him back to do an entire hour for the very first time. Normally we have a middle act after I do my hosting duties up front, but we’re making more room for Bobby so he can do what he does best, and that’s making people laugh hysterically.
Bobby Collins was named after his father’s favorite comedian, Bob Hope. Bobby told me, “I’d never seen Bob Hope perform, but when I was appearing in Philadelphia for the first time a newspaper reporter from New York City caught my act and liked it so much he put me on the entire cover of the paper’s weekend section. Lost in the cover’s corner was a tiny picture of Bob Hope. While I was visiting with friends at the club, a black limousine pulled up and the driver handed me a manila envelope. There was a signed photo of Bob Hope inside along with a handwritten note saying ‘How dare you get top billing on a weekend’ with a happy face drawn at the bottom.” That’s probably one of the best tributes I’ve ever heard from one comic to another, especially when that comic just happens to be a legend.
Collins has opened for some pretty big names in the entertainment field, including Dolly Parton, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett and even Cher. He’s got a ton of credits, including several Showtime specials and hosting scores of shows on both cable and network TV. He was nominated for a Cable ACE Award, as well as for the American Comedy Awards “Stand-up Comic of the Year.” His first CD, “On The Inside,” showcased his wide-ranging observational material, and his second CD, “Out of Bounds,” earned him a Grammy nomination. Subsequent CDs followed, including, “I Wanna Go Home,” “I’m On the Boat” and “Mr. New York.” His DVD, “Bobby Collins: Live from New York City,” is one that I have, and it captures the best of his stand-up performance. Bobby has also appeared in five feature films and numerous other television shows. It’s a good thing he’s getting more time this week because his humorous stories alone will fill up half the time.
Howie Nave is the MC at the Improv at Harveys. The comedy club is inside Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows begin at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and tickets are $25 plus fees. Saturday shows take place at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and tickets cost $30 plus fees. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. Must be 21 or older to attend. More information is available by calling 775-586-6266.