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Havey never ‘misunderestimates’ human race at Harveys Improv

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Enter at your own risk. Side-splitting laughter may occur at The Improv with Howie Nave and Allan Havey.

Comedian Allan Havey finally returns after an extended hiatus to The Improv at Harveys this week. Allan is the quintessential comic survivor in a business that can be very rude at times. He’s experienced quite a number of ups and downs within the past year but nobody takes it all in stride better than Havey.

His recent sitcom project, “Free Ride,” wasn’t picked up on Fox, but his acting ability caught the eye of several producers, and he’s currently in talks (well, his agent is) for yet another show. Havey’s improv skills have played a major role in other television series; most notably on Ashton Kutcher’s “Punk’d.” It still makes me 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.”

Havey is best experienced on stage, however. At times he can be a smartass, but he never compromises when it comes to the stupidity of the human race. Considering the way people can be, it’s amazing that he hasn’t just thrown in the towel, 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 it together, and describe what I’m about, who I am.” Allan has two CDs out that will be available at his show.

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Appearing with Havey every night this week through Sunday is Lowell Sanders, who returns to Tahoe after a long absence. Sanders is one of the funniest and busiest comics today, so we just had to wait our turn until he could make it back here.

Whether headlining clubs, opening in concerts for major headliners or performing on cruises, colleges and corporate functions, Lowell is an act worth waiting to see. His latest CD “Man Overboard” is pretty darn funny and he’ll be making it available after the shows. Lowell is an incredibly versatile and accomplished comedian, blending material that is both provocative and most importantly, real.

A Detroit native, after high school Lowell served three years in the U.S. Navy before launching his comedy career on an open mike night at the Comedy Castle in Detroit. He was studying telecommunications at Eastern Michigan University at the time. He later moved to Los Angeles where he soon appeared on the hit sitcoms “Home Improvement” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

He made his movie debut in Walt Disney’s “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “Joe Somebody,” both with fellow Detroit veteran Tim Allen. Musically speaking, Lowell has opened for such notables as The Temptations, Whitney Houston and many more.

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