Comedy at the Improv with Howie Nave: Vince Morris and Sandro Iocolano perform this week at Lake Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Vince Morris returns with his smooth, charismatic style and confident delivery that results in plenty of laughs verging on the politically incorrect — they are, in fact, what people are thinking, but are too afraid to express for fear of repercussions.
Morris is much more than just jokes and stories — he has some pretty pointed opinions; however, his best stuff comes from personal experiences. Raised by a single father, he shares his poignant and funny observations on how he saw the world growing up. Morris’ credits include B.E.T.’s “Comic View,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Sex And The City,” CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and several Comedy Central half-hour specials.
Morris is quick to point out those who are ignorant in our society, and how scary it is that the walking dead do in fact walk among us. He makes you realize you’re not alone in the world, and brings his audiences together because of it. As much as he enjoys making people laugh, he also wants to leave people thinking — behind the laughs there are big issues going on, especially now with the country so divided.
He’s also quick to poke fun at those within his own ethnicity. When asked if black athletes advertising sports shoes are role models for today’s kids, Morris responds with, “I don’t give a damn what kind of shoe a black athlete wears. No, I want to know what kind of shoes black surgeons or lawyers wear.”
In addition to performing at comedy clubs, theaters and cruise ships, Morris loves performing for our military all over the world.
This is Sandro Iocolano’s second appearance here, and he left a funny impression his first time: “I’m a stand-up comedian with a specialty in speaking, with my mouth centering around observational, abstract impressions and quick-wit, paced with Fast ‘N’ Furious references,” he said.
The Boston, Massachusetts native took an interesting path, relocating to Florida with his parents when they were tired of shoveling snow. That’s where Iocalano chose a career in pharmaceuticals — legal, of course — enrolling in pharmacy school, but fortunately for all of us, he would never fulfill prescriptions. He realized that, as laughter is the best medicine, why go to school for it when you can heal from the stage?
Iocalano told me he prides himself on his quick wit and ability to connect with his audience night after night. He also wanted me to let you know he enjoys long walks off short piers in the moonlight.