Graham Elwood and David Gee perform this week at Tahoe’s South Shore
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
There’s nothing quite like old friends, that you’ve shared a lot of memories with, that get to spend a week in your hometown. Graham Elwood has been on my morning radio show Thursdays for his comedic segment called “Graham’s Crackers.” It originated from us performing together overseas in Iraq and Kuwait. He will perform this week on Tahoe’s South Shore with David Gee.
Graham is busier than ever now, crisscrossing the country for well over 20 years. He also debuted his documentary, “Ear Buds: The Podcast Documentary” and has been taking it (along with him) on the road screening just about every venue that will show it. And all this from being a comedian.
As a comic Graham has appeared on “The Late Late Show” on CBS and “The Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central. He also hosted several shows on tier 3 cable and was seen in the documentaries “Super High Me,” and “The High Road” on G4. He has performed at military installations in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. As mentioned earlier, we were very fortunate enough to tour together with the late Scott Kennedy who took comics with him almost 60 times into war zones to entertain our troops.
Graham is very engaging; he is also quick to poke fun of himself with his Midwest sensibilities and the culture shock of living in Los Angeles. Oh, sure, he’s probably best known for his legion of Palm Strike fans, but did you know part of his morning routine includes climbing up to the roof of his Santa Monica apartment complex to rattle his katana swords? I don’t know if Harveys will allow that on top of their casino, but he will be rattling his sword down to the radio station early Friday morning where we’ll be giving away show tickets.
Another great comic joins us this week in the way of David Gee. David is an international comedian performing anywhere from Fernley, Nevada, and Applebee’s one night to performing south of the border in Mazatlán (by the way, he loves Fernley and a has a sizable following there). Gee dropped the “k” from his last name for professional reasons and considers Tahoe his second home (tied with Fernley). Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, Tahoe was a regular destination on weekends with his family and classmates going to Los Gatos High.
When it comes to comedy shows Gee is the master setting the mood as host/emcee, and I consider him a mentor. He also hosts numerous charity events like the annual golf tournament thrown by Entertainment Tonight. He emceed the Bob Hope Desert Classic, was on the Dais with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Roast of Special Effects Wizard Stan Winston, emceed the Friar’s Roast of Tommy LaSorda, was the featured comedian at the Carl Reiner Celebrity Tennis and Golf Tournament and was a semi-finalist on ABC’s “The Next Best Thing.” My all-time favorite David Gee performance though was his appearance on Showtime on comedian Rita Rudner’s special, “Rita Rudner And 3 Potential Ex-Husbands,” where he played one of her ex-husbands. Out of the other comics on Rita’s special, Gee was by far the strongest standout.
With regards to his style of comedy, Gee offers something for everybody, be it topical commentary, making himself the butt of the joke or his incredible voice impressions of famous celebs from the golden era of Hollywood. Gee is so dead-on with his sport announcer impressions, it’s one of the reasons we book him up here close to the annual American Century Golf Championship (happening at Edgewood next week). His “Vin” Scully (famous sportscaster best known as his play-by-play for the Los Angeles Dodgers) is dead on; so yeah, it’s a good week to catch some comedy from two seasoned pros.
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.