Comedy at the Improv with Howie Nave: Greg Warren and Alycia Cooper perform this week at Lake Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
We got Greg Warren literally in the 11th hour, replacing comedian Allan Havey (who got a plumb role on a television project). His Midwestern upbringing plays into much of his act, creating stories and characters that stay with you. We’re very fortunate to have him up here with Alycia Cooper, even if it took a “fallout.” Television credits include Country Music Television’s “Comedy Stage” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” where he was warmly endorsed by Wanda Sykes. He’s been heard nationally on radio via the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show,” where Greg entertained in theaters across the country with the “Friends of Bob and Tom Comedy Tour.”
Greg grew up in St. Louis and from the very beginning his family gave him more than enough material to start him down the road of comedy. His father was his high school wrestling coach and his mother used to make him wear ridiculous clothes and take clarinet lessons. That’s source comedic material right there, folks. He was a West Point cadet for about a year, where he distinguished himself by amassing an impressive tally of demerits and endless hours of pointless marching. At the University of Missouri, he studied journalism and was named an All-American wrestler. While a student at “Mizzou,” Greg won a comedy contest and was invited to perform at the local club, Déjà Vu. After a stint pitching Pringles and Jif for corporate giant Proctor & Gamble, Greg made the move to full-time comedian, the culmination an early invitation to the famed Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival.
Since then Greg has appeared on “The Late Late Show” and on “Last Comic Standing,” where’s he’s built a strong fan base around the country. His last CD “One Star Wonder” (Comedy Central Records) hit the ground running as No. 6 in iTunes TOP Comedy Albums and continues to attract a diverse demographics performing on networks such as BET (as a finalist on “Coming to the Stage”).
Making her second appearance in Lake Tahoe, Alycia Cooper has added more incredible accolades since she was here barely 10 months ago. Alycia was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” where Roseanne called her “brilliant.” She also has a YouTube channel under “Alycia Cooper” that you can subscribe to and a CD called “Alycia with a ‘y,’” available on iTunes.
She’s edgy, no doubt, when you consider her influences that include Chris Rock, George Carlin and Margaret Cho. She has a razor sharp wit about her and is a double whammy threat (yeah, I made that up) because Alycia is also an accomplished actress. Credits include “Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Mo’Nique Show,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Wanda Does It,” “Gossip Queens,” “Nick’s Mom’s Night Out,” “Stand Up & Deliver” and “Stand Up in Stilettos.” She taped her first DVD in 2002 for a Christian Comedy Show called, “The Spirit of Comedy” and since then has taped two-hour long DVDs (directed and produced by herself) called “Paper Chasin,’” “Stimulus Package.” Her last CD, “Alycia: Unchained,” did so well it warranted the release of her latest.
Alycia’s film credits include acting in three independent films. She’s a member of SAG, after having been on “Grounded for Life,” “The Parker’s” and “Raising Hope.” Of all her credits, though, Alycia said that performing overseas for our men and women in uniform ranks as her most memorable. She’s been to Japan, Korea, Guam, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, Africa.
It’s good to have her back before the year closes, and I can only imagine what she’ll be accomplishing when she returns next year.
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.