Dat Phan and Marc Price perform this week on Tahoe’s South Shore
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Call it being extremely busy with life, the day-to-day routine, but when you see a comic you know well and realize that it’s been more than three years since you last saw him, you say, “Whoa! Has it really been that long?”
I know Dat Phan’s career is busy, as I check out his social media from time to time. When you see what he’s done in such a short amount of time, well, it’s pretty impressive. Since he last appeared in Tahoe, Dat performed in movies “Sake-Bomb,” “Hungover Games” and “108 Stitches” (with Dat Phan in a co-leading role); on television he appeared in “Bones,” “Scorpion,” “The Last Ship,” “Startup,” “Spring Break ‘83” and “NAMCAR Night Race.”
Of course, none of this would have happened as quickly had it not been for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” in which Dat won the first time that show aired nationally, making Dat an almost household name. That show launched an unknown comedian onto the national stage. It didn’t hurt that NBC is also the network that carried the show, which meant a coveted slot on another NBC show, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” where Dat appeared after he won the competition.
After that, things took off and Dat was booked everywhere. Movies, specials and tours started to materialize for Dat, which he capitalized on quickly. He had a small, but funny, spot in the movie “Cellular” and followed that up with the movie, “Yellow Fever” in just over a year. He started popping up in national television spots as well.
Dat Phan has been inducted into The Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition of The Top 10 Most Influential Vietnamese-American Individuals, in part because of all the work he does giving back to the Asian-American community.
Appearing with Dat Phan is Improv regular Marc Price; and yes, Price did play the character of “Skippy” on the long-running 1980s TV sitcom, “Family Ties,” starring Michael J. Fox. As a child actor Marc appeared on a ton of television shows including “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “One Day At A Time,” countless Disney programs and Movie-of-the-Week television episodes. He played Eddie “Ragman” Weinbauer in the 1986 cult classic “Trick or Treat;” and with fellow child actor Kevin Dillon in the 1988 action-adventure film, “The Rescue.” He was also in another cult classic playing a young American tourist (calling himself Michael J. Fox) in the 1991 movie, “Killer Tomatoes Eat France” with John Astin, Angela Visser and Steve Lundquist.
“Skippy” has had a successful career behind the camera as well, serving as producer, writer and director for many television shows both on network and on cable. He produced, wrote and directed 65 episodes of “National Lampoon’s Funny Money,” created comedy-oriented programs such as “Comics Unleashed” on “Animal Planet” and other shows on The Game Show Network. He was executive producer/creator for the “Green Collar Comedy” special on Showtime.
Marc additionally hosted scores of fundraisers for various charity organizations.
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.