Comedians Henry Phillips and Jessica Michelle Singleton perform at the Improv Lake Tahoe |

Comedians Henry Phillips and Jessica Michelle Singleton perform at the Improv Lake Tahoe

Henry Phillips, left, with Howie Nave.
Courtesy photo |

A lot of comics have YouTube videos that show their stand-up sets or man-on-the-street commentaries that show another side of the talent that makes a comedian. I didn’t realize until recently that one of the comedians performing this week at the Improv at Harveys, Henry Phillips, had a cooking channel, “Henry’s Kitchen,” devoted to all of his favorite recipes. I know of a few comics who cook up some really good dishes, but I had no idea Henry was among them and would have never guessed. Some of his episodes include “How To Make Killer Oven Baked French Toast,” “How To Make Henry’s Romantic Sushi For a Date,” “Lip Smacking BBQ Beer Fish” and “How To Make Superbowl Chicken Pot Pie.” So, in addition to his stand-up and funny compositions onstage, he has even more to offer in the kitchen.

When he’s onstage Phillips combines a healthy dose of music with his stand-up. I knew him primarily through watching his work on “Comedy Central Presents,” where he showcased some of his twisted stories and songs to a very appreciative audience. He works through his past heartache in relationships with songs like “Maybe They Won’t Kill You,” “End of the World” and “The Bitch Song,” which is much more therapeutic than seeing a psychologist. Other credits include ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Bob and Tom Show” and “The Dr. Demento Show, ” among others.

Henry has released several CDs blending romantic and sensitive ballads with lyrics that have a psychopathic slant to them. He has gotten some pretty good attention in the process, earning critical acclaim, a mention in Billboard’s “Critic’s Choice” and positive feedback from such notable recording artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips’ songs as “disconcertingly funny.” He has also written songs for two award-winning musicals: “Blake: the Musical” and “Chips.” Henry’s semi-biographical comedy film, “Punching the Clown,” received the Audience Award at the prestigious Slamdance Film Festival in 2009 , and he is currently working on the sequel. Henry’s comedy is available on Netflix, iTunes and this week at the Improv Lake Tahoe.

Jessica Michelle Singleton

Making her debut up here at the Improv Lake Tahoe this week is a comedian whose name can’t fit on the electronic marquee, Jessica Michelle Singleton. We were able to fit Jessica Michelle, but that in no way means she’ll be edited onstage. Jessica grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was always the class clown at Service High School. After graduation she took her comedic ability all the way south to Los Angeles. Jessica has since become a world-traveling stand-up and has just now discovered Lake Tahoe. Can you believe she’s performed stand-up in four different countries? It’s all paying off, though, not just making her a tighter comic onstage but also preparing her for the release of her debut comedy album.

Singleton’s unique style of comedy combines personal stories and extremely random thoughts from what some people refer to as her hyperactive, slightly deranged imagination. As mentioned, this will be Jessica’s first time up here, so we all get to experience her style together. I can’t wait to have her on my morning radio show and podcast.

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, Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets are $25 plus fees, except Saturdays. Tickets are $30 on Saturdays. 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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