Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Liza Treyger and Ken Garr perform this week at Lake Tahoe |

Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Liza Treyger and Ken Garr perform this week at Lake Tahoe

Ken Garr, pictured with Howie Nave, performs at The Improv this week.
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Liza Treyger

Every time I read about an organization describing a comedian as “one you have to see” or “a rising star in the works,” I always feel for that comic: That’s a lot of undue stress and hype to live up to. So when I heard comedian Liza Treyger was one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” at the New York Comedy Festival I was dubious — that is, until I saw the Chicago native in action. Now I wish I had known her earlier.

Treyger is making her Tahoe debut, so I hope that after seeing her you folks decide that she is indeed “one to watch.” Apart from her passion for comedy, she also is a major foodie.

At North Carolina’s Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in the summer of 2012, Treyger consumed scallops, corn muffins and went on a brewery tour. And that’s just the beginning. In Cleveland she ate rib nuggets and tried Christmas Ale for the first time. You can assume that no matter where she is, mac ‘n’ cheese has been eaten — be it at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival or the Glasgow International Comedy Festival in Scotland.

When Treyger was coming up in Chicago she performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival and lived her teenage dream by meeting Steve-O of “Jackass” fame (and wouldn’t you know it, while backstage they had a dish of popular chocolate treats). I have a feeling in the upcoming year she’s going to be trying a number of new dishes in addition to headlining venues all over the country and abroad.

Ken Garr

Ken Garr, who also grew up in Chicago, returns to Tahoe this week. The son of a retired Chicago firefighter and homemaker, Garr proudly hails from three generations of firemen.

The youngest of four children, Garr’s hilarious views on life are derived from growing up in a blue-collar family with his own white-collar aspirations. His life experiences make his seemingly never-ending journey to fame and fortune a can’t-miss story.

Garr graduated from the world famous Second City Conservatory, which means he brings many different characters of his life to the stage with a lot of energy and zeal to power his own fire truck.

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

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