Havey and Price return with stage full of funnies
There are some comedians whom you really look forward to having back for a number of reasons. Allan Havey is one such act. I think in part it’s because he really opens up to those who happen to be interrupting his show or who think they can outwit a comic.
It is tough to express the joy that comes when shutting down an individual who tries to make themselves part of the show from an obnoxious point of view. Allan is rather handy that way. Oh sure, at times Havey can be a smartass, but he never compromises when it comes to stupidity. So if you do attend, probably best to be in a coherent state of mind.
Allan is also a comedy survivor. It’s amazing he hasn’t just thrown in the towel, considering the way some people are, but then we wouldn’t benefit from his observations about those who are clueless out there. He just doesn’t have that kind of patience; but we remind him from time to time that in the end he will be vindicated.
The New York Times called him, “cocksure, irreverent and very funny.” Havey can take a catch phrase and just run with it for however long it takes to produce the payoff, which of course are the sounds of laughter from the audience. According to Allan, “I try to take the best things out of my club work, fit them together, and describe what I’m about, who I am.”
Allan has had his share of television ups and downs, which, as one might expect, is pretty common in this line of work. His latest sitcom, “Free Ride” wasn’t picked up on the Fox Network, but his acting ability caught the eye of several producers, and he’s currently in talks (well, his agent is) for yet another television show.
Allan’s ability to improvise is pretty well known in the comedy world, but outsiders (that would be “civilians,” as comics refer to non-entertainers) has been demonstrated on a number of reality-based TV shows, including Ashton Kutcher’s “Punk’d.” I still crack up that other entertainers can’t tell when he is shanghaiing them! They become the butt of his sarcastic wit and delivery, not to mention the goof when all is said and done.
For more traditional use of his talents, you have probably seen Havey on “The Late Show with David Letterman” or on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and on cable’s Comedy Central. Havey was a semi-regular on “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and Comic Relief as well. On the premium cable network you’ve seen Allan on HBO’s “One Night Stand” and Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” And, as if that weren’t impressive enough, Allan has two CDs out that will be available after his show.
He’s probably best known as the nerd-next-door, Skippy, on the hit NBC sitcom “Family Ties” from 1982 to 1990, but Marc Price is more than that. OK, barely, but he is genuinely funny when stacked up to other post-sitcom brats.
And, unlike others who cringe when you refer to their TV name, Marc Price has no problem at all if you call him Skippy. Just don’t call him Extra Chunky. But as proud as he is of his television work back in front of the camera these days, Skippy (er, Marc Price), has done even more work behind the cameras. As “Family Ties” was winding down on NBC, Price began producing television shows in addition to hosting them. How many remember Disney Channel’s “Teen Win, Lose or Draw,” where Marc starred in over a 150 episodes? And what about “Trick or Treat” with Ozzy Osbourne, Touchstone’s “The Rescue” and 20th Century Fox’s “Killer Tomatoes Eat France?” Oh yeah, and we’re not talkin’ peanut butter money either here, folks.
In the early 90’s, Price produced man-on-the-street segments for “The Rikki Lake Show.” Later, he co-produced cooking-with-comics segments for Dick Clark’s “The Donny & Marie Show.” Prior to “Family Ties,” Price guest starred on “One Day at a Time” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.” Price’s other acting credits include starring roles in New World Pictures “The Little Devils” and “The Zoo Gang,” the ABC TV movies “All That Glitters” and “Semester at Sea,” an Aaron Spelling pilot for ABC entitled “Hearts Are Wild,” a USA network pilot executive produced by National Lampoon founder Matty Simmons, as well as another TV movie “Combat Academy.”
Price’s lifelong involvement in entertainment began with his father, Al Bernie, who performed at legendary venues such as the Playboy Clubs and was a frequent guest on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Price spent his childhood in the company of his Dad’s friends, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle and George Burns. He learned the art of funny from the best and still enjoys doing stand up as Marc Price, but to me he is and always will be “Skippy.”