Comedian Nick Swardson to get a taste of Tahoe’s Fourth of July
If you go
What: Comedian Nick Swardson
When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 1
Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Tickets: $27.50 plus fees
Comedian Nick Swardson’s weekend plans aren’t all that different from many visitors to Lake Tahoe.
“Jet ski, beer it up and burn my face,” the “Reno 911!” alumnus said of his Fourth of July plans following a Friday performance at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
The Minnesota native enjoys outdoor pursuits and is looking forward to getting out of the Los Angeles heat where outdoor activities consist primarily of going to Starbucks and the bank.
“I’m stoked, man. I’ve never been to Tahoe,” Swardson said. “I’m going to stay the whole weekend.”
Swardson’s short-short-wearing, roller-skate-loving “Reno 911!” character Terry Bernardino never actually made it to Northern Nevada (the TV series was mostly shot in Southern California), but the comedian said the visit will be somewhat of a homecoming.
“It’s kind of like going home even though we never really filmed there,” Swardson said.
In addition to “Reno 911!,” Swardson has been a writer and producer on films including “Grandma’s Boy” and “Benchwarmers.” He also co-produced “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and has performed in “That’s My Boy,” “Blades of Glory,” “30 Minutes or Less” and “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.” More recently he co-starred in “The Ridiculous Six” and “The Do-Over” starring Adam Sandler and David Spade.
Swardson is currently working on a five-episode digital series for Comedy Central called “Typical Rick” with previous Lake Tahoe performer Dirt Nasty (aka Simon Rex). The comedy details the odd-couple exploits of an actor moving to L.A. from the Midwest with a childhood friend to pursue his career.
Even as Swardson’s TV and film credentials grow, his roots remain in stand-up. He began his career as a comedian in Minneapolis and enjoys getting out and performing a handful of stand-up dates throughout the year.
“You get feedback immediately,” Swardson said of taking the stage solo. “I know if something’s gone horribly, it’s on me.”
On Friday, Swardson will mix past hits with new material he’s working in anticipation of an upcoming TV special.
“I don’t like just doing the exact same show people have seen on TV,” Swardson said.
His Lake Tahoe connection may also extend beyond the weekend. Swardson recently pitched a movie entitled “Christmas in Tahoe” and will do a little informal research on the area this weekend.
If you can’t make Friday’s show, just keep an eye out for a guy in a red-and-white striped shirt roaming the South Shore.
“I’m just going to go like ‘Where’s Waldo?,’” he said. “People will be like, ‘Hey, is that Swardson?’”
Tickets to the performance start at $27.50. More information is available on http://www.ticketmaster.com.