Comedians Graham Elwood and Avi Liberman perform at the Improv at Harveys
Comedian Graham Elwood raised well over $140,000 through Kickstarter to fund his feature-length motion picture: “Ear Buds: The Podcast Documentary” and now it debuts in six weeks at this year’s “LA Podcast Festival.” Who is he? Well, he’s on my morning radio show every Thursday with his segment, “Graham’s Crackers.” He also performs with Avi Liberman at the Improv at Harveys this week. He’s all about the podcast phenomenon, but long before that, Graham was crisscrossing the country performing a good 46 weeks out of the year. He has also performed overseas, doing shows at military installations in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. It was after an overseas tour with Graham that I decided he would be great every Thursday on my morning radio show.
In addition to his own documentary, Graham has appeared in several others, including Doug Benson’s “Super High Me,” “Laffghanistan: Comedy Down Range” and “The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled.” He starred in the independent movie “Hello Junkie” and his own documentary, “Graham Elwood: Live from Afghanistan,” chronicling one of his tours performing overseas.
On television he’s been on Comedy Central, “Strip Poker,” “The Test,” “The Late Late Show” on CBS, “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “The Daily Habit” on Fuel TV. But it’s his LA Podfest that seems to be his most important baby right now. The guests that he and his buddies have lined up is a virtual who’s who from the podcast world.
Graham Elwood does many benefits, especially over the holidays for soldiers in hospitals, at military installations and for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The last time Avi Liberman was up here he gambled a little beyond his means at a Pai Gow poker competition and was abducted by one of China’s notorious triad organizations. I thought we’d never see him again. Fortunately Graham was able to broker a release, and Avi promised that he wouldn’t gamble this week here at Lake Tahoe. We certainly hope so, for your sake, Avi.
Born in Israel, raised in Texas and educated in New York City, Avi eventually would settle in Los Angeles, working as a substitute teacher while he was honing his comedy chops. It didn’t take long for him to get there, appearing on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Make Me Laugh,” as well as on NBC’s “Friday Night!” His acting credits include “Dave’s World” on CBS, “Boston Common” on NBC and “Andytown U.S.A.” on Comedy Central. He’s a regular on E! Entertainment Television as one of their frequent guests and has also guest starred on “Movies At Our House,” as well as shooting a pilot titled “Through the Keyhole.” He’s also been heard on radio stations across the country. In addition to his stand-up, Avi has appeared in television spots for Mercedes, L.A. Cellular, Miller Lite, Starbucks and Net Zero.
His comedy has taken him to the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, and he books comics for tours to Israel, donating all of the proceeds to different charities. Avi has also performed overseas entertaining our men and women in uniform in the Middle East and other parts of the world as well.
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.