Comedian Scott Record performs at the Improv at Harveys this week |

Comedian Scott Record performs at the Improv at Harveys this week

Comedian Scott Record, right, with Howie Nave.
Dane Andrew | Provided

As comedian Scott Record returns to the Improv at Harveys for the first time this year this week, I’m reminded of some of the stars he has opened for: Ann-Margaret, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, The Gatlin Brothers, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Huey Lewis and the News, Celine Dion, Cher and Clint Black. Scott is way more than a very funny guy, he’s also the consummate entertainer. You would think Scott is in his 70s having opened for some of the acts he has, but no, he just started at a very young age. If you’ve never experienced a Scott Record show, you’re missing out on something special. With Scott you get a wide range of entertainment that includes not just comedy but some pretty funny musical selections ranging from Sinatra to current hits. For this reason we have just Scott Record doing an entire hour at the Improv this week.

When he first started out, Scott caught the attention of legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield and was booked immediately into the New York comedy club that bears Dangerfield’s name. Soon after he became a house favorite, and when he wasn’t in town could be found on the road opening for the comedic icon, selling out venues that exposed Scott to a much wider and diverse audience. To this day the Massachusetts native credits Dangerfield with giving him a huge boost in his fledgling career. I consider Scott old school when it comes to his performance because pretty much anyone can watch his act. It’s all about the entertainment value and what one would consider “clean” in today’s comedy climate. No, he’s not edgy. There’s no political humor or ranting on contemporary news, just a very good, professional show. Scott is frequently asked to do cruise ship shows because of his mass appeal.

When Scott performs on cruise ships he usually has an orchestra backing him up, but this week, even though he won’t have the Lake Tahoe Philharmonic on stage with him, he will have the sounds to replace the orchestra. It sounds great on the house system and Scott delivers his material as if he had the London Philharmonic Symphony backing him up. In fact, every time a new cruise ship is launched, Scott is pretty much the act that cruise directors ask for when making their maiden voyage. That’s pretty amazing when you consider how many new cruise ships are being built to fill the demand.

When not on stage Scott doubles as a producer/writer, putting together a wide range of projects, from starring in his own travel/culinary television show called “Destination: with Scott Record” to performing as master of ceremonies for the annual ESPY awards dinner. Scott also contributes to many fundraising events, such as the one he did with crooner Harry Connick Jr. and the legendary Norm Crosby for the muscular dystrophy organization known as ACT. He also was part of the annual Long Island Comedy Festival, receiving a standing ovation for his part of the program. Scott is also a pretty good sushi chef too, and if we’re fortunate, he will prepare sushi for us before the show. Fingers crossed.

The Improv presents the funniest names in comedy every week in the Cabaret Theater at Harveys Lake Tahoe! Shows happen at 9 pm every Wednesday through Sunday.

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.

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