Howie gets his Irish up this week with Flynn and Davis
Jackie Flynn has performed 14 years during our annual St. Patrick’s Day week.
Even before I was affiliated with the Improv, my St. Paddy’s shows featured Jackie Flynn, Kevin Flynn and Paul Gilmartin. Over time Paul dropped off and it was the Flynn boys who, by the way, are not related.
Paul used to host AMC’s “Dinner & a Movie” and wasn’t able to keep up with the yearly commitments so it remained with Jackie and Kevin. For the first time in a decade though Kevin won’t be here because of his very lucrative gig, however we’re still keeping the Irish Catholic tradition intact this time with Kenny Bob Davis. They perform nightly – twice Saturday – in Harveys Cabaret.
Jackie’s a Boston native with anon-stop staccato that feels like he’s been inhaling something more than coffee.
That offbeat filmmaking duo known as The Farrelly Brothers heard about Jackie through his comedy and immediately started casting him pretty much all of their movies these past 10 years give or take a few. He first appeared in the movie, “Kingpin” back in 1996 as the character Dog Boy and from there went on to play a South Carolina cop in “There’s Something About Mary,” was a state trooper in “Me, Myself & Irene,” played a manager in 2001’s “Shallow Hal” and played Cher’s manager in “Stuck on You.” Jackie also appeared with Dwayne Johnson in the flick “Game Plan” and in the newly released comedy “Hall Pass” starring Owen Wilson and Christina Applegate.
And, yeah, that was Jackie in all those Miller Lite “Man Law” beer commercials last year that bombarded the television screen especially during the Super Bowl. He was in 17 of those spots!
You’ll might catch Jackie out on the golf course (weather permitting). He was pretty psyched last year when he was invited by none other than Clint Eastwood to play the annual AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm Golf Tournament. You have to admit that is pretty cool.
Our co-headlining Irish Catholic this week is Kenny Bob Davis.
Oh sure he might sound anything but Irish but don’t let the southern sounding, three-name title fool you. Legendary country singer Larry Gatlin told him he should add Bob to his name to give him more of a country feel, and the advice worked. The comedian has opened for Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Eddie Rabbitt, Vince Gill and Larry Gatlin.
And wouldn’t you know it Kenny is also a huge golfing fanatic has performed at or played in over 300 Charity and PGA and LPGA Tour events.
Kenny has a very close association with Tahoe first performing up here as a musician playing the lounges at both Harrah’s and Harveys. In fact, he had his own band that was called “The Kenny Davis Road Show” and in 1977 was voted Lounge Act of the Year. Kenny originally started out as a soloist doing the folk singer thing and as luck would have it the comedy slowly became the best part of his act.
Kenny’s a veteran Marine Corpsman who has done his fair share of USO tours over the years. He has several CDs released showcasing both his comedy and musicianship.
So yeah Kenny Bob Davis is our Irish country sounding comedian this week performing with Jackie Flynn. I’ll be Irish in spirit but love the drink that comes with being a fan of St. Paddy’s Day.
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