Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Eddie Ifft, Rawle D. Lewis perform this week at Lake Tahoe |

Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Eddie Ifft, Rawle D. Lewis perform this week at Lake Tahoe

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Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Eddie Ifft, pictured with Howie Nave, performs stand-up comedy at The Improv this week.
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Eddie Ifft

It’s been over two years since Ifft was here, and I’m glad he’s back. He has some pretty impressive credits: The Onion named him one of the most underrated comics in America, and he’s developed one hell of a following Down Under. One of his DVDs, “Live From Australia,” was filmed in front of a sold-out audience at the Sydney Opera House.

In addition to comedy festivals in Australia, he’s made appearances in South Africa, New Zealand, China and the United Arab Emirates. His travels were chronicled for the feature-length documentary film “America the Punchline,” and he’s worked with some pretty big names in the business, such as Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and the late Robin Williams.

Ifft has too many appearances to list, but some include Showtime’s “The Green Room with Paul Provenza,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” BET’s “ComicView,” VH1’s “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” and “Comics Unleashed.” Ifft has also worked as the host of “Shark Week,” earned a job on “The Queen Latifah Show,” hosted a pilot called “Strap-On for Comedy Central” and co-hosted a sports radio show on New York’s legendary WNEW-FM.

The comedian also has a podcast, called “Talkin’ Sh*t,” which he records on what he calls The Bingle Bus — a small yellow school bus converted into a roving studio. It wasn’t a cheap transformation and Ifft ended up using Kickstarter to get hundreds of backers who pledged close to $70,000 to bring his project to life. I hope he brings the bus up here.

Rawle D. Lewis

Lewis, an accomplished comedian, actor and director, is back in Tahoe for the second time. He was in the movie “K-PAX” and on television shows “Life in Pieces,” “Malcolm & Eddie,” “Where I Live” and “Angel of Death.” Born on the island of Trinidad, Lewis moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school and started his comedy at the age of 17.

The entertainer’s big break came in part because of his Jamaican accent, which got him the role of Junior Bevil in the 1992 movie “Cool Runnings.” What a killer show having Lewis and Ifft.

The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at

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