Comedy at the Improv: Cathy Ladman and Chase Durousseau perform this week |

Comedy at the Improv: Cathy Ladman and Chase Durousseau perform this week

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Chase Durousseau performs this week with Cathy Ladman at the Improv.
Courtesy Photo |


Can you believe that comedian Cathy Ladman hasn’t been up here in a decade? Has it been that long? Wow. She will perform this week at the Improv with Chase Durousseau.

Cathy not only appeared on “The Tonight Show” nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two Johnny Carson “Tonight Show Anniversary” shows. Cathy has had her own HBO “One Night Stand” comedy special and, in 1992, was awarded the American Comedy award for Best Female Stand-Up Comic.”

A native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles, Ladman has been is a slew of movies in addition to her prestigious comedy career. Her film credits include “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Aristocrats,” “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead,” “My Fellow Americans,” “What Planet Are You From?” and “White Oleander.” Her guest-starring television roles include AMC’s “Mad Men,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” No wonder we haven’t seen her in a while!

Cathy’s also an accomplished writer, having written for such TV sitcoms as “Roseanne” and “Caroline in the City,” in addition to writing and developing original projects on such shows as “The Caroline Rhea Show,” “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The King of Queens.”

The Los Angeles Times said it best: “Ladman has such clever, well-written material and such a breezy, unassuming delivery that it would be easy to overlook just how good she is.” And if that wasn’t enough, Ladman is also doing live theatre. She completed a successful run off-Broadway in “The JAP Show: The Princess of Comedy.” She was also in the 25th anniversary production of “The Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” in Los Angeles. She and HBO developed her solo show called “Scaredypants” and took it to the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival.

Cathy’s latest project is her solo show, “Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?” I’m psyched to see. Her material is pretty much her life, focusing on her family upbringing, growing up, relationships and her real life from a very personal perspective.


After 15 and a half years of being up here in South Tahoe with the Improv, comedian Chase Durousseau has finally made his way up here. Who is this comedian with the interesting name that’s difficult to pronounce, you ask? Well, for starters he was named “LA’s Best Comedian” as part of the national nonprofit organization known as ECAN (Esophageal Cancer Action Network), who bestowed upon Chase the honors for its No Laughing Matter multimedia campaign to raise awareness about the link between reflux disease and esophageal cancer. His prize? Working alongside America’s favorite “redneck” jokester, Jeff Foxworthy.

Like many comedians Chase dropped out of college to pursue his passion of comedy in Texas. Apparently he did very well, winning “Houston’s Funniest Person Contest” at the Laff Stop. It’s not bad a great credit to have as Houston has a long tradition of producing some pretty top notch comics, some of which include Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Janeane Garafalo and Brett Butler.

When not performing here in the states Chase performed over in Iraq and Kuwait to entertain our troops. He moved to Los Angeles just a couple of years ago and has worked with some pretty good acts including Craig Robinson, Hannibal Burress and Jo Koy in Florida. Welcome to Tahoe, Chase.

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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