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Henry Phillips and Sandro Iocolano to perform at the Improv at Harveys

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action


Henry Phillips returns this week to the Improv at Harveys with Sandro Iocolano.

A lot of comics have YouTube channels for their videos, showing sets; but Henry has one showcasing his many recipes. That’s because Phillips has a cooking channel devoted to all of his favorite dishes. The channel, “Henry’s Kitchen,” includes episodes such as “How To Make Killer Oven Baked French Toast,” “How To Make Henry’s Romantic Sushi For a Date,” “Lip Smacking BBQ Beer Fish” and “How To Make Superbowl Chicken Pot Pie.”

Henry’s comedy includes a heavy dosage of music with devastatingly funny results. With song titles such as “Maybe They Won’t Kill You,” “End of the World” and “The Bitch Song” Henry’s original ditties are very sarcastic and have found their way on such shows as ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Bob and Tom’ Show” and “The Dr. Demento Show.” Henry has released several CDs combining his romantic ballads with lyrics that have a psychopathic slant. He’s gotten some pretty good attention, too, and critical acclaim that earned him a mention in Billboard Magazine’s “Critic’s Choice,” as well as some positive feedback from such notable recording artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips’ songs as “disconcertingly funny.” He additionally wrote songs for two award-winning musicals — “Blake: the Musical” and “Chips.”

Henry scored big time with his semi-biographical comedy film, “Punching the Clown,” and received the “Audience Award” at the prestigious Slamdance Film Festival in 2009. He scored even bigger with its sequel, “Still Punching The Clown,” which again he co-wrote with director Gregori Viens. David Permut, Matt Ratner and Rick Rosenthal produced the firm, which also stars Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, comedian/actress Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Derek Waters, Ellen Ratner, Ginger Gonzaga and stand-up comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser and Doug Stanhope. How’s that for a comeback, huh?


Sandro Iocolano will make his debut up here this week. I don’t know a lot about Sandro, but I’ve heard he’s a good egg from other comedic friends. There’s not much on Google either. I can tell you he was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and relocated to Florida with his parents because they were tired of shoveling snow. I also found out that before Sandro wanted to become a full-fledged stand-up comedian, he wanted to experience what it was like to be in debt — so enrolled in pharmacy school. After that he decided he’d rather laugh and write jokes then push pills (but, trust me, he still has access to those pills).

Sandro did tell me (we’re friends on Facebook) that he really prides himself on his quick wit and his ability to connect with his audience night after night. He then started pushing his personal life, saying he enjoys long walks off of short piers and moonlight, just as you hit the water. I think he was being sarcastic when he claimed he also liked drowning in the ocean because he has to fulfill his contract and do the entire week.

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.

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