Comedians Amir K and Jonny Loquasto to perform at the Improv Lake Tahoe |

Comedians Amir K and Jonny Loquasto to perform at the Improv Lake Tahoe

Amir K, right, with Howie Nave.
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Comedian Amir K has performed at the Improv at Harveys only once before, as a middle act. He knocked it so far and fast out of the park that we’re headlining him on his second time up here. That’s a rare feat folks. He performs this week with Jonny Loquasto.

I wasn’t too familiar with Amir K at first, except for his pretty funny and impressive bits on YouTube. He is definitely a good actor, especially when you consider the first feature-length motion picture he did was the Oscar-winning “Argo.” Talk about getting noticed!

Amir is no flash in the pan that’s for sure. It’s just that for the short amount of time he’s been doing stand up he’s just been catching fire. Four years ago Amir won OC’s Funniest Stand-Up Comedy Competition and was a performer on the CBS “Diversity Showcase.” Following that performance he was also a finalist on NBC’s “Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase.” He won Tommy T’s Stand-Up Comedy Competition over in the Bay Area and the 100-comic Ultimate Laff-Down Stand-Up Comedy Competition in Southern California.

Jonny Loquasto

Making his second appearance up here, we have Jonny Loquasto, who’s originally from Northampton, Pa. I remember Jonny doing very well the last time he was here too.

Like so many who ended up in this line of work, Jonny was able to draw a lot of experience from his childhood. He battled insecurities, turning pain into humor. He weighed close to 170 pounds by age 11. He used his childhood hurt to motivate himself and make others laugh. He also lost weight while gaining a reputation for being downright hilarious. How cool is that? I know many who have used comedy as a form of therapy, but Jonny took it to the next level.

Jonny has a master’s degree in physical therapy and only watches professional wrestling and paranormal shows. Gee, and you wonder why he isn’t married, huh? He wrote and produced a 25-minute short film called “The Thumb Wrestler” and plans on doing more, maybe a feature-length picture. Loquasto has a weekly pro wrestling/comedy podcast called “Steel Chair Slamcast,” so he definitely has a love of wrestling that rivals that of his stand-up.

His first comedy CD, “Thugged In,” is a variety album featuring his stand-up, sketch comedy and parody hip-hop songs ala “Weird Al” Yankovic, who was one of Loquasto’s inspirations for getting into comedy.

Without a doubt Jonny is one hard-working individual. He was the host of “AXS Live” and the captain of the “Monday Night Raw Aftershow” on Afterbuzz TV. He also hosts live events for Tough Mudder all across the country and has hosted shows for CBS Sports, Gameshow Network, The Hub and “Exposed” on the Travel Channel.

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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