Improv at Harveys welcomes Scott Record
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Scott Record. We wanted to have him back before the year ended only because he’s perfect for pretty much anyone.
A lot of folks will ask me which comic is “clean,” as my parents have never been to a comedy show and don’t want someone who cusses a lot. That’s when I remind these folks to see Scott Record who, as it turns out, is doing a special one-man show performing for an entire hour. And no, he doesn’t swear and is the consummate entertainer. I mean, just look at some of the acts he’s opened for: Ann-Margaret, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, The Gatlin Brothers, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Huey Lewis and the News, Celine Dion, Cher and Clint Black. You know those major headliners wouldn’t want someone who’s just so-so.
If you’ve never experienced a Scott Record show then you’re missing out on something special because Scott is not just a comic; he’s also an impressionist, singer and actor (as he acts out his different characters on stage). For this reason alone, Scott Record is doing an entire hour because there are so many different facets of his talent to explore.
When he first started out Scott caught the attention of legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield and was booked immediately into the New York comedy club that bears his name. Soon after he became a house favorite; and when he wasn’t in town he could be found on the road, opening for the comedic icon selling out venues that exposed Scott to a much wider and diversified audience. To this day the Massachusetts native credits Dangerfield for giving him a huge boost in his fledgling career.
I consider Scott “old school” when it comes to his act because, as mentioned earlier, pretty much anyone can watch his comedy show— it’s all about the entertainment value and what one would consider “clean” in today’s comedy climate. This allows him to perform at a wide range of venues, which also includes being in high demand doing cruise ships because of his mass appeal. When Scott performs on cruise ships he usually has an orchestra backing him up, but this week — even though he won’t have the Lake Tahoe Philharmonic on stage with him — he will have the lush sounds via CD to replace the orchestra with Scott filling in all of the vocal slots.
When not on stage Scott doubles as a producer/writer, putting together a wide range of projects from starring in his own travel/culinary television show called “Destination: with Scott Record” to performing for ESPN, acting as master of ceremonies for their annual ESPY awards dinner. Scott also contributes to many fundraising events such as the one he did with crooner Harry Connick Jr. and the legendary Norm Crosby for the muscular dystrophy organization known as ACT. He was part of the annual Long Island Comedy Festival, as well, receiving a standing ovation for his part of the program.
Oh man, I almost forgot to mention that Scott is also a pretty good chef (sushi being one of his favorite recipes). I hope he’s in a sushi mood backstage as that would be awesome if he prepared something right before the show.
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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