Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Vince Morris and Michael Blaustein perform this week at Lake Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
I always enjoy having the likes of a Vince Morris up here because there’s never anything but a solid week with this comedian: He makes it look easy and has a smooth, charismatic style that the audience just loves.
Morris immediately connects to the audience with a common thread that everyone can relate to, and a big part of that is talking all things family. The best stuff always comes from personal experiences — Morris, raised by a single father, shares his poignant and funny observations on how he viewed the world growing up. He’s quick to point out all those who are ignorant in our society and how scary it is that the walking dead do in fact walk among us.
The comedian is even quick to poke fun of those within his own ethnicity. When asked if black athletes advertising sports shoes are role models for today’s kids, Morris responded, “I don’t give a damn what kind of shoe a black athlete wears — no, I wanna know what kind of shoes do black surgeons or lawyers wear?”
Morris will also poke fun of himself. He can be blunt, and anything he says remotely close to resembling political correctness is as far away as Pluto is from this planet.
Some of the entertainer’s credits include BET’s “ComicView,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Sex and the City,” CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” Byron Allen’s “Comics Unleashed” and several Comedy Central half-hour specials. In addition to performing at comedy clubs, theaters and cruise ships, Morris loves performing for our military at installations all over the world.
With Michael Blaustein here this week it’s like getting two headliners on the same billing. Blaustein grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from The William Esper Studio’s acting conservatory. He hadn’t planned on being a comic, but was interested in acting on stage and in motion pictures. It was in New York City that Blaustein gave stand-up a try and it clicked: He was already used to performing in front of a live audience, but I think hearing the roar of laughter was invigorating and he realized he was just as good at making people laugh.
Blaustein is still an actor — he was booked on a national Sprint commercial and had a lead part in the feature films “Death of the Dead” and “Attack of the Alien Jelly Monsters from the Depths of Uranus,” which has become a cult classic of sorts. He was also on MTV’s “Punk’d,” on the national CollegeHumor Comedy Tour and on Comedy Central’s On Campus Tour. Oh, and he completed a run in the off-Broadway show “Love Hurts” at The Oberia D. Dempsey Theater. Not bad.
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.