In like the Flynns: Duo returns to Tahoe |

In like the Flynns: Duo returns to Tahoe

Howie Nave

This week, as we have done for the past 10 years, The Improv plays host to “The Flynn boys” during the week that began with St. Patrick’s Day. This is the only time that co-headliners Jackie Flynn and Kevin Flynn ever appear on the same bill.

First off, they are NOT related, either, even if their last names are the same and they happen to be in the same line of work. True, both are from New England (Jackie from Massachusetts, Kevin from Connecticut) but that’s where the parallel ends.

Let’s start with Jackie: A Boston native with a rapid-fire delivery, Jackie offers his comedy both with an astute observational style and a no-holds-barred approach to his subject matter.

He has won numerous comedy awards on both coasts, which caught the attention of the filmmaking Farrelly brothers, who found a place for Jackie. He first appeared in “Kingpin” in 1996 as the character Dog Boy, played a South Carolina cop in “There’s Something About Mary” in ’98, was a state trooper in “Me, Myself & Irene) in 2000 (with Jim Carrey), played a manager in 2001’s “Shallow Hal” (with Jack Black) and played Cher’s manager in “Stuck on You” in 2003 (starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear).

Jackie does do non-Farrelly movies from time to time: He played a doorman in “Game Plan” with the Rock, and a beach shack customer in “The Heartbreak Kid.” Jackie was also in those Miller Lite “Man Law” commercials – 17 of them, actually. He has appeared along with Burt Reynolds, Jerome Bettis, the wrestler Triple H, world champion bull rider Ty Murray, comedian Eddie Griffin, actor Zen Gesner, boxer Oscar de la Hoya, football coach Jimmy Johnson and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

When not doing big-screen work, Jackie has appeared in many TV shows, including Kevin James’ CBS sitcom “The King of Queens” (which wrapped last year).

But it’s the comedy gig that comes first. A past winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition, Jackie feels most comfortable on stage with his razor-sharp, maniacal pace.

Kevin Flynn’s life of adventure

A Connecticut native and the only son in a close-knit Irish Catholic family Kevin Flynn originally got his start as an athlete.

After lettering in four different sports during high school, he went to the University of Massachusetts on a soccer scholarship. As two-time team captain, Kevin won a variety of honors, including a silver medal in the National Sports Festival, New England College Player of the Year and a spot on the 1984 Olympic Development Team. He went on to play three years in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

He soon parlayed his sports experience and became an accomplished host and entertainer, covering World Cups for Fox Sports, ESPN and ABC. He’s well-known by soccer fans as “The Halftime Guy” for the international broadcast of his halftime show during the 1994 World Cup. He is also the part-time host of adidas’ English Premier League on Canada’s SportsNet.

After his professional soccer career, Kevin made the jump into stand-up after winning the Boston Comedy Riot in 1988. After that it was tons of late-night shows, including NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” Canada’s “Open Mike” and several MTV comedy shows.

He has several theater, film and television credits to his name, including guest roles on NBC’s “Law & Order” and HBO’s “Sex and the City.” He appeared with Jim Carrey in “Me, Myself & Irene” and with Bill Murray in “Osmosis Jones.”

Kevin has also starred on HGTV’s “Ultimate Collectors” and the adventure series “Go For It!” on the Discovery Channel. The show aired throughout the United States and more than 24 countries. On the show, he travels the world in search of adventures such as bungee jumping, shark diving, race car driving, parachuting, rock climbing and more. The show serves as the backdrop for his one-man show, “The Go for It Guy: Shotgun Wedding, ” which he performed to standing-room-only crowds at the 2002 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, receiving rave reviews.

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