Comedy at the Improv with Howie Nave: Jim Short and Nick Youssef perform this week at Lake Tahoe |

Comedy at the Improv with Howie Nave: Jim Short and Nick Youssef perform this week at Lake Tahoe


The man from down under returns this week. No, not Los Angeles, but from down below the equator in the southern hemisphere. I’m jealous of Jim Short because the moment he speaks he already has your attention with that Aussie accent. He will perform this week with Nick Youssef.

Jim’s career in stand up started when he moved to Texas, not Australia. Like most successful comics, he’s well educated — and if you couple that with his observational skills, you have a real power house of comedy. With credits that include performing at the Montreal International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (where he was deemed one of the “Talk of the Fest” performers), The Las Vegas Comedy and Festival and The Aspen Comedy Festival, Jim has more than an impressive list of comedy credentials. Some of those television credits include specials on Comedy Central, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Shorties Watchin’ Shorties,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and NBC’s “Late Friday.”

Being from Australia, Jim sets up the audience with some of the most outrageous absurdities about what Americans think about the “Land Down Under.” As Jim puts it, “We’re not all crocodile hunters, have barbecue shrimp and live on the beaches,” he said. “That wouldn’t be such a bad existence, though, don’t get me wrong.”

Based in San Francisco now, I first met Jim before he won the 2004 San Francisco International Stand Up Competition — and since then his comedy has only gotten better (and funnier). It’s been awhile since he’s been up here, so it’ll be a real treat catching up with someone who’s funny in both hemispheres.


He was here just a few months ago and, by a stroke of luck, was able to get back this week. The last time Nick Youssef was here he brought his bike up and cycled around the lake in under five hours.

As a comedian Nick started out pretty early because he knew exactly what it was he wanted to do. In his relatively short career, Nick has been seen in numerous national television commercials and has done guest spots on television sitcoms such as NBC’s “Animal Practice,” the popular video game, “LA Noire” and on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” Last year Nick’s first stand-up album, “Stop Not Owning This,” debuted in the Top 5 of the iTunes comedy charts and was featured in the January 2015 edition of Esquire Magazine. He has a new album out (yes, you can get it on vinyl); “1982” was recently released and is already surpassing his first one, numbers wise.

When not on tour, Nick co-hosts the Occasionally Awesome podcast on the All Things Comedy network with fellow comedian Kevin Christy, writes articles for Esquire and Paste Magazines, and can be seen regularly performing stand up at The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and Improv comedy clubs in Hollywood.

Welcome back, Youssef.

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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