Jackie and Kevin Flynn this week at The Improv
Every St. Patrick’s Week The Improv at Harveys invites its favorite Irish Catholic comics, Kevin and Jackie Flynn. No, they’re not related, but both are from the East Coast. What are the odds?
This week as we have done for the past ten years The Improv has played host to “The Flynn Boys” during the week that kicks off St. Patrick’s week.
This is the only time that co-headliners Jackie Flynn and Kevin Flynn ever appear on the same bill. This makes Kevin and Jackie truly green in so many ways. First off they are NOT related either even if their last names are the same and happen to be in the same line of work. True, both are from the east coast (Jackie from Massachusetts/Kevin from Connecticut) but that’s where the parallel ends and the distinctions take off.
Let’s start with Jackie. A Boston native with a rapid-fire delivery, Jackie offers up 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 the east and west coast which caught the attention of The Farrelly Brothers.
They have been doing offbeat movies for years and found a place for Jackie where it was time to finally move to southern California and concentrate more on doing movies. He first appeared in “Kingpin” back 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 was in “Game Plan” with The Rock playing a doorman in his building much like the character in “Pretty Woman” that Hector Alazando plays and “The Heartbreak Kid” also released last year as a beach shack customer.
Jackie was also in those Miller Lite Beer “Man Law” commercials. Seventeen of them actually. He appeared along with Burt Reynolds, Jerome Bettis, Triple H (the wrestler), Ty Murray (world champion bull rider) Eddie Griffen, actor Zen Gesner, Oscar DeLahoya, football coach Jimmy Johnson and Hall of Fame Quarter-back Jim Kelly.
When not doing the big screen work Jackie has appeared in many TV shows. He was in Kevin James’s sitcom, “The King of Queens” on CBS (that 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.
A native of Connecticut and the only son in a close-knit Irish-Catholic family Kevin 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, Flynn 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 3-years of professional soccer 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 TV. He’s well-know by soccer fans as “The Half-Time Guy” for his internationally broadcast half-time show during the 1994 World Cup.
He is also the part-time host of Adidas English Premier League Soccer on Canada’s SportsNet.
Following his professional soccer career Flynn made the jump into stand up comedy 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 featured guest roles on NBC’s “Law & Order” and HBO’s “Sex and the City”. He appeared in the Farrelly Brothers movie “Me, Myself & Irene” with Jim Carrey and in “Osmosis Jones” with Bill Murray and with Ben Stiller in “Seven Day Itch.”
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 in over 24 countries around the globe. On the show, Flynn travels the world in search of extreme adventures such as bungee jumping, shark diving, racecar driving, parachuting, rock climbing, etc.
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.
” Writer Howie Nave is the host and emcee of the Improv at Harveys. Shows are 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with two shows on Saturday, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Improv is dark on Mondays. Nave’s new DVD: “Howie Nave: Live at Lake Tahoe” is available at http://www.howienave.com.