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Double threat Steve White does all the right things

Hair today, gone tomorrow. The Improv's Howie Nave, left, and Steve White perform through Sunday along with Gene Pompa.
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With Yom Kippur around the corner, I can’t think of a better comedian to be here than my only Jewish black comic: Steve White.

He is (to quote his website) “unpredictable with a lot of liveliness.”

That’s one way of describing him. I would prefer “sarcastic, non-stop and lives every day as if the world was going to end tomorrow.”



He’s also quick-witted, brash and takes a lot of chances. Steve has more movie credits than comedy credits, which makes him a double threat. Some of those movies include “Coming to America,” “Harlem Nights,” “Clockers,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever” and “Mo-Better Blues.”

White had a rare opportunity working with filmmaker Spike Lee and the prolific filmmaker asked him to be a director trainee on “Malcolm X.” starring Denzel Washington. This meant traveling with Lee through Africa. Not bad having a mentor with those kind of credentials. White also worked on a number of other projects, including 20th Century Fox’s “Ford Fairlane,” Warner Bros’ “Other People’s Money” and “Goosed,” an independent film with Joan Rivers and Tiffany Tilly.



Steve has been on the small screen on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “Living Single,” “Caroline’s Comedy Hour,” “Def Comedy Jam,” “Comic Strip Live,” “Showtime At The Apollo” and “Yo! MTV Raps.”

How does he balance it? Drugs? No. White is zen-like that keeps him focused on what’s important and he’s always experimenting with his comedy being improvisational and coming up with new bits.

“I’m finding it thrilling to do it all,” he said.

And now he’s performing through Sunday, March 27, at the Improv at Harveys Resort and Casino. That’s Steve White. Oy!

Gene Pompa? Wow, we haven’t had Gene up here in almost seven years!

The Tom Ewell of Tahoe’s Improv is back. Ewell played the tempted husband in “The Seven Year Itch.” I suppose that makes me Marilyn Monroe.

The prolific comedian and writer did very well when he was up here last. So well, in fact, did so well didn’t need to come back!

I remember he started writing for all of these television shows and then was acting on himself with a bunchl. Some of Gene’s television credits include “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” starring in his own half-hour Comedy Central special and even FOX’s “In Living Color.” He’s also been on Showtime, HBO, MYV, MUN2, Galavision and the Game Show Network.

Gene was born in East Los Angeles. He has been a Mexican-American most of his life, except for a few years during the 1970s, when he was a practicing Chicano. Gene became a product of his multi-ethnic upbringing in the suburbs of Los Angeles and it was this diverse background which ultimately inspired Gene to incorporate universal themes into his standup comedy and writing.

Pompa’s offbeat perspective on comedy crosses all racial and ethnic lines and goes over well with everyone from college-age audiences to a more mature crowd.

Gene credits comedic legends Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Steve Martin as being his influences.


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