Havey and Reedy will stay an extra day at The Improv
There are some comedians you really look forward to having back here for a number of reasons, but having Allan Havey here over New Year’s tops them all.
I can’t think of a better way to spend the New Year with than with Havey: sort of a tradition, almost. Can you believe the year is over? Has it been a good one? Do you ever judge how much you have accomplished this time every year? With Allan, I am constantly reminded that time seems to be getting shorter and shorter. Havey puts it all in perspective sometimes. He’s just that confident. The New York Times called him “cocksure, irreverent and very funny.” Havey can take a catchphrase 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 Havey, “I try to take the best things out of my club work, fit it together and describe what I’m about, who I am.”
Havey has had his share of television ups and downs, which is pretty common in this line of work. The Fox network didn’t pick up his last sitcom, “Free Ride,” 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.
Allen’s ability to improvise is pretty well-known in the comedy world, but outsiders (that would be “civilians” as comics refer to nonentertainers) 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 regular on “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and “Comic Relief,” too. On HBO, you’ve seen him on HBO’s “One Night Stand” and Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” And, if that weren’t impressive enough, Allan has two CDs out that will be available after his show.
Third time the charm for Reedy
This is Mark Reedy’s third time to visit The Improv. Reedy not only brings a wealth of talent with him but has quite the background in the entertainment field. You see, the Chicago native is also an accomplished cartoonist. He draws? Yep. He could have been an outstanding teacher for the hearing impaired, like his mother, but those who could hear his jokes told him that comedy was his future.
He did become an educator for Paul Mitchell products and is still a top-notch hair designer in his spare time. It was his salon that discovered, through the captive audiences listening to his nonstop, hilarious monologues, that Reedy was destined to become a comedian. He has appeared on television mainly in part because of his stand-up. He’s been on Showtime, MTV, A&E and HBO, among others, as well as opening for Marsha Warfield, Redd Foxx, Patti LaBelle and Kool and the Gang. Reedy is quite the renaissance man when it comes to his comedy and has a unique observation of the world around him.
Reedy and Havey will stay an extra day to perform a special New Year’s Eve show on Monday, Dec. 31.
John Caponere and Suli McCullough will be at the Improv Jan. 1-6.