Comedians Kivi Rogers and Chris Mancini perform at the Lake Tahoe Improv
In a world where there’s so many different styles of comedy, sometimes it can be tough to recommend just one act that can encompass the humor that can make everyone laugh. Yes, it is tough, but I have a handful of comics I think most everyone will find entertaining, and Kivi Rogers is in that exclusive pack. He performs at the Improv at Harveys with Chris Mancini this week.
Kivi works clean, and that style is important to those who might not have ever stepped foot into a comedy club. It’s no surprise that Kivi was selected to be a member of the “Clean Guys of Comedy,” an ensemble group led by comedian Dave Coulier (from “Full House”), which toured the nation and introduced Kivi to an even wider audience.
Kivi appeals to everyone from college students to those who’ve retired, in part because he touches on the one thing that everybody has in common: family. Who doesn’t have stories when it comes to their families, right? His upbringing is just a little more interesting, growing up the second youngest of six boys and one girl in the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects. Having to compete for his parents’ attention, Kivi used humor to get an edge, and it turned out to be a good training ground for what would eventually become his career.
Kivi has entertained our military all over the world, and here at home, has been a huge hit on the college circuit. In fact Kivi was nominated Comedian of the Year by the National Association for Campus Activities.
Chris Mancini just wrapped up his fourth annual LA Podcast Festival and probably wanted this week up here just so he could clear his head. He’s one half of http://www.comedyfilmnerds.com, which was started with fellow comedian Graham Elwood. As a comedian Chris has a style one might call subtle and very dry. His delivery catches you off guard at times, and you’ll find yourself laughing a millisecond after reaching the punchline.
In addition to being a comic, Chris is also an author, filmmaker and parent, so he’s got no shortage of material. As an author he penned the humorous book, “Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked Out New Dad,” chronicling his fear of being a new dad and offering up helpful advice for freaked out new dads everywhere. As a filmmaker Mancini has had his work featured in film festivals all over the country.
Chris’ podcast with Elwood is filled with lots of great guests and has an emphasis on movies. I’ve been fortunate to be on their podcast twice talking about my favorite genre: time-travel movies. As comics we love movies, in part, because we have time to see them during the day when not doing our shows at night. It’s a good combo having Mancini and Kivi together (I think for the first time, too).
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.