Jackie Flynn and Avi Liberman perform this week on Tahoe’s South Shore
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
It’s not very often we get comedian Jackie Flynn up here, so it was a pleasant surprise when we were able to book him this week as a last-minute replacement. He will perform at the Improv with Avi Liberman.
Jackie grew up in the Boston area, and when he decided to become a comedian he couldn’t have picked a better place to launch a career — as Boston is one of the hot spots for great comics. Louie CK, Bill Burr, Conan O’ Brian, Dane Cook, Jay Leno. Lenny Clarke, Steven Wright, Amy Poehler, Denis Leary and Steve Carell are just some of the greats to have come from the Boston area, and Jackie fits right in with the group.
After winning numerous comedy awards on the East Coast, he established himself in the West as well. He won the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition and soon after starting appearing in movies, launching a parallel career in motion pictures.
When he hooked up with the The Farrelly Brothers, they cast him in just about every one of their movies. The famed directors and brothers had him in “Kingpin” back in 1996 as the character, Dog Boy; “There’s Something About Mary” in 1998 as a South Carolina cop; “Me, Myself & Irene” in 2000 (with Jim Carrey) as a state trooper; in 2001’s “Shallow Hal” (with Jack Black) as the Fuel pizza manager; in 2003’s “Stuck on You”(with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear) as Cher’s manager; in 2009’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” as one of the officers; in 2012’s “The Three Stooges” as Dave Lamson the golf superintendent; and as Joe Duffy in “Here Comes the Boom.” Jackie also appeared in non-Farrelly Brothers movies, including “Game Plan” (with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and “Hall Pass” starring alongside Owen Wilson and Christina Applegate. He just finished filming a new movie called “Special Unit” with comedian-actors Chris Titus and Billy Gardell.
When he’s not doing the acting thing or stand-up comedy, you’ll find Jackie on the golf course. He’s so good that he’s been invited several times by Clint Eastwood to play the annual AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm Golf Tournament out in Monterey, California. We’re working on getting Jackie in the annual American Century Championship that takes place in South Lake Tahoe every summer. It’ll happen.
Avi Liberman, who gambled a little beyond his means at a Pai Gow poker competition and was abducted by one of China’s notorious triad organizations, will perform with Jackie this week. We thought we’d never see him again, but fortunately when comedian Graham Elwood was up here working with Avi we were able to broker a release — and Avi promised that he wouldn’t gamble again while performing in Tahoe. We certainly hope so for your sake, Avi.
Born in Israel, raised in Texas and educated in New York City, Avi eventually settled in Los Angeles, working as a part-time substitute teacher while he was honing his comedy chops. It didn’t take long for him to get there, appearing on CBS’s “Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Make Me Laugh,” and NBC’s “Friday Night!”
His acting credits include “Dave’s World” on CBS, “Boston Common” on NBC and “Andytown U.S.A.” on Comedy Central. He’s a regular on E! Entertainment Television and guest starred on AMC’s “Movies At Our House.” He also shot a pilot titled “Through the Keyhole” on AMC.
He’s performed on radio stations across the country as well. In addition to his stand-up act, Avi has appeared in television spots for Mercedes, L.A. Cellular, Miller Lite, Starbucks and Net Zero. His comedy has taken him to the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival; and he books comics for tours to Israel, donating all of the proceeds to different charities. In addition to booking other comedians overseas for his shows, Avi has performed overseas entertaining our men and women in uniform — not just in the Middle East, but in other parts of the world as well.
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.