Comedy at the Improv: Kivi Rogers, Paula Bell perform this week at Lake Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
I always get calls or emails from people asking me — “Who would be a good act to see if I’ve never been to a comedy show?”
Then I suggest they see a comedian like Kivi Rogers. Why? Well, he’s obviously funny — so, that helps — but he’s also universal in his appeal. I also suggest Kivi to those who enjoy what we call a “clean” comedy show. It’s no surprise then 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”) that toured the nation and introduced Kivi to an even wider audience.
Kivi’s appeal ranges from college students to those who’ve retired, in part because he touches on family, which I believe everyone can relate to. I mean, who doesn’t have stories when it comes to their families, right? His upbringing was a great source of material, 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 (not to mention having so many siblings), Kivi used humor to get an edge over the rest; that turned out to be a good training ground for what would eventually be a career in humor as well.
Kivi’s credits include appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” nominated for “Comedian Of The Year” by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and making guest appearances on “The West Wing,” “Everybody Loves Raymond, “ “VIP,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Dharma and Greg” and a host of other television sitcoms and late-night appearances. Kivi has done his fair share of motion pictures, too, some of which include “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” (which stars both Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow), “What I Did For Love” and “The Amati Girls” (which stars Academy Award winners Mercedes Ruehl and Cloris Leachman).
Kivi has entertained our military all over the world and here at home, in addition to being one of the more sought-after comedians on the college circuit. In fact Kivi was nominated Comedian of the Year by the National Association for Campus Activities.
This week we have yet another comedian making her debut at Lake Tahoe: Paula Bel. I saw her on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and from what I remember she was a pistol. She has no shortage of opinions, which makes her one of the best ranting-and-raving comedians I’ve seen in a while. Apparently Paula laid it on pretty well, commenting on reality TV shows bashing pregnant teens and other reality misfires on the Nick@Nite and TV Guide networks. I like her already.
She’s appeared on Showtime’s “Full Frontal Comedy” and HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Paula headlined the “Just for Laughs” Montreal Festival Nasty Show, as well as the off-season “clean” tours throughout Canada.
The Santa Cruz native recently received a standing ovation on Chris Spencer’s “Vibe” and now resides in both New York City and Los Angeles. Some of her credits include BET, ‘The View” and “Comics Unleashed.” Only six years into her stand-up career, she performed on “The Tonight Show.” Not bad and now she’s ready to be unleashed here in Lake Tahoe.
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.