Comedians Vince Morris and Tony Camin perform at the Lake Tahoe Improv
Vince Morris is back at the Improv at Harveys this week for the first time this year, and I was going to say, “It’s about time,” but considering we’re booked almost all the way through the remainder of this year, he’s fortunate just to be back!
I love Vince. He’s solid. With his smooth, charismatic style and confident delivery, Vince is more than just jokes — the stories, wow. The good stuff comes from personal experiences and being raised by a single father Vince has some very poignant and funny observations on growing up and how he sees the world. Among his credits are BET’s “Comic View,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Sex and the City,” CBS’s “Late Late Show,” “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and several Comedy Central half-hour comedy specials.
Vince is quick to point out ignorance in our society and how scary it is that there seems to be plenty of the walking dead among the living. He makes you realize that you’re not alone in the world and brings his audience together. I mean, as much as he enjoys making people laugh, he also wants to leave his audience thinking there are some pretty big issues going on that need to be addressed. When asked if black athletes advertising shoes are role models for today’s kids Vince responds, “I don’t give a damn what kind of shoe an athlete wears. What kind of shoes do black surgeons or lawyers wear?”
Vince is one of those comics that knows it takes just as much (if not more) time putting together one’s act, promoting it and getting it out there as it does onstage. He’s savvy that way, utilizing all of the media out there to brand his image. “You gotta be tweeting, you gotta be Facebooking and you got to be your own person, which is cool because it gives you some good ways to market yourself,” he has said.
In addition to performing comedy clubs, theaters and cruise ships, Vince has also performed at comedy festivals such as the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, the once-dominant Aspen Comedy Festival and the very first Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha. His favorite audience are the troops, though. Vince said some of his greatest gigs ever were performing for our military in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Japan.
How many years has it been since Tony Camin’s last time here? Four years ago? The last time I physically saw Tony was over at MontBleu, where he was one of the participants in the annual San Francisco Comedy Competition that I was judging. How weird is that? I mean, to judge someone you know on what is considered funny? Thank goodness he had a great set. Tony’s been doing the comedy thing for quite some time now, so he’s very polished. He was a three-time winner of the prestigious “Malcolm” award for outstanding work as a middle act. He headlines, yes, but wanted to get back up here as soon as possible . When a slot opened up in the middle, he nabbed it.
Tony has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and lots of others that have been canceled. He’s originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, living in Mountain View before getting evicted. I think he now lives somewhere back east, maybe Brooklyn. He also co-authored a book, “The Marijuana-Logues: Everything About Pot that We Could Remember” along with comedians Doug Benson and Arj Barker. Come to think of it, I might need to buy a copy of that work (for purely professional reasons).
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.