Comedians Darren Carter and Chase Durousseau to perform at the Improv at Harveys | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Comedians Darren Carter and Chase Durousseau to perform at the Improv at Harveys

Darren Carter, left, with Howie Nave.
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Comedian Darren Carter had such a blast the first time he was up here that the Improv at Harveys, he said he wanted to get back as soon as possible. OK, that statement was almost two years ago, but Darren did make it back before another year ended.

Darren’s background is just as impressive as his stand up. He easily could’ve been an author or a playwright, given the stories he has accumulated over the decades. Did you know, for example, his father was a diehard biker named Elvin who was referenced in “Hell’s Angels” by Hunter S. Thompson? That being said, his upbringing wasn’t ideal, with his father not being apart of his life and his mother being in and out of jail. His parents originally wanted to name him “Tahoe Joe” but at the last minute decided on “Darren” instead. On the plus side, I guess it was just inevitable he would find his way up here to our stage. Oh, but it gets even better.

Darren was later raised by a Southern Baptist deacon’s family, which would eventually take him to San Francisco as it was becoming a mecca for stand-up comedy during the 1980s. Darren fit right in and even became adept at doing some pretty incredible impressions, including a hilarious one of hip-hop-turned-reggae artist Snoop Dogg. In fact, after being spotted by Snoop for his dead-on impersonations, Carter was invited to perform multiple times at Snoop’s annual family reunions. How cool is that?

Darren’s credits started to really accelerate after appearing in the summer blockbuster “Be Cool” with John Travolta. Other TV credits include appearances on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” BET’s “Comic View” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Even with all these credits and after doing comedy for more than 25 years now, Carter still has this bewildered, “What-am-I-doing-here?” kind of look to his face. I think that look is what makes him so endearing to watch onstage. He is a responsible adult with a wife and son and tries to find balance between a family and a career that takes him out on the road for months at a time. It’s going to be a good show as we get close to closing out 2015.

Chase Durousseau

Making his debut to these parts this week we have comedian Chase Durousseau, who has one of the more interesting names ever. That name stems from the fact Chase is true Creole Texan through and through. I’m looking forward to his time up here, as he seems to be an interesting individual, and I can see why he might end up a performer.

Chase grew up a latchkey kid (sounds familiar), his childhood revolving around getting dropped off at movie theaters, neighbors and theme parks. He became very self-sufficient and enjoyed pulling pranks on new friends. Sounds like kind of a test in order to hang with Chase doesn’t it? Turns out Chase was rehearsing to be a people person. After volunteering for the Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina, you couldn’t get him to top talking to people, which eventually would take him to the stage, where he’s been ever since. He’s a pretty easy-going guy, which is how his stage persona is except for his unique, rapid-fire delivery that can captivate the audience.

Chase won Houston’s “Funniest Person Contest” which was just the start of a comedy career that would lead him to entertaining the troops overseas, being featured at the Moontower Comedy Festival and opening for such acts as Craig Robinson, Norm MacDonald, Louis C.K., Jo Koy and Anjelah Johnson.

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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