Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Sarah Tiana and Benji Aflalo perform this week at Lake Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
We have not one, but two, newbies up here this week! Tiana broke into the comedy biz while working as a waitress in Los Angeles — I don’t know her, but I can spot a solid work ethic and this gal has it. Originally from Calhoun, Georgia, Tiana’s act emphasizes the thrills of growing up after “The War Of Northern Aggression” and trying to survive in the current battle of the sexes. If that doesn’t make you want to see her, I don’t know what will.
Tiana’s big break came after she was recognized for her breakout performance as Carmen in four episodes of “Reno 911!” during its 7th season. In 2005 she helped create a sketch comedy company called The Strait Jacket Society as a way to help young actors in Hollywood accelerate their stage time and gain exposure while still having fun (she has currently put over 500 actors through the program).
A downright ‘Merican, Tiana has done over 10 tours overseas entertaining our troops in Germany, Singapore, Afghanistan, Guam, Okinawa and several Wounded Warrior facilities. A trip to Iraq at the beginning of the war is highlighted in the documentary film “We Love You, Mrs. Bevins.”
Closer to home, the comedian wrote and starred in two seasons of Comedy Central’s “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and was a correspondent on “The Soup Investigates.” Tiana was a regular on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable and an avid sports fan. She wrote for the ESPY Awards and the Rob Riggle NFL segments on FOX.
In her bio she says you can see her at the world famous Comedy Store, on Twitter and in numerous unhealthy relationships near Los Angeles. That slayed me.
Like Tiana, Los Angeles native Aflalo is making his Tahoe debut.
He started doing stand-up almost immediately upon graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2006. He began in clubs around town and garnered a decent reputation among club owners and other comedians. In addition to his comedy, Aflalo is also a writer and an actor and was a staff writer on “The Burn with Jeff Ross.”
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9 p.m. Two shows are held on Saturdays at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.