Jackie Flynn doesn’t just perform during St. Paddy’s week | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Jackie Flynn doesn’t just perform during St. Paddy’s week

Howie Nave
The Improv inside Harveys Resort and Casino points to Gene Pompa, left, and Howie Nave.
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Jackie Flynn is here in September. What?

I thought he was only here with fellow Irish Catholic comic Kevin Flynn (no relation) during St. Patrick’s Day Week. Yes, he’ll be here again next year in March but this is a rare opportunity to see Jackie in the waning weeks of summer.

Jackie’s a Boston native with a rapid-fire delivery that feels like he’s been inhaling something other than coffee to get away with that non-stop staccato. I think he developed his delivery way back when his family worked concession stands (his mom created Anna’s Fried Dough) and started yelling “Get your dough here!”

Over the years Jackie has won numerous comedy competitions including the San Francisco Comedy Competition happening this week over at MontBleu.

He’s also garnered an impressive list of credits on both television and movies. His career as an actor on the big screen keeps getting more impressive in part because of some pretty familiar directors. That offbeat filmmaking duo known as The Farrelly Brothers heard about Jackie through his comedy and immediately started casting him in their movies. Wouldn’t you know it every subsequent movie seems to have a Jackie Flynn part written in to them. In the last 10 years Jackie has appeared in the movies, “Kingpin,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Me, Myself & Irene,” “Shallow Hal” and “Stuck on You” where he played Cher’s manager and also starred Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear.

Jackie has also appeared in non-Farrelly movies such as, “Game Plan” (starring Dwayne Johnson) and “Hall Pass” starring Owen Wilson and Christina Applegate. And yeah, that was Jackie in all those Miller Lite “Man Law” beer commercials a few years back that bombarded the television screen particularly during the Super Bowl. He was in 17 of those spots!

When not on the stage you’ll probably catch Jackie out on the golf course and this time he can play back when compared to his time here during a snow-covered St.Patrick’s Day Week. Jackie was pretty psyched when he was invited by none other than Clint Eastwood to play the annual AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm Golf Tournament. Not bad my man.

Gene Pompa hadn’t been up here in more than seven years and now we get him back twice in one year.

Like Jackie, Gene is a comic’s comic especially when it comes to his writing capabilities. Gene has written a lot for the small screen in addition to voicing cartoon characters on “The Brothers Garcia” on Nickelodean. Some of Gene’s television appearances include “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” starring in his own half-hour Comedy Central special and even FOX’s “In Living Color” and on Showtime, HBO, MYV, MUN2, Galavision and the Game Show Network. He’s the movie, “Just Go For It” that stars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. There’s one scene where Gene touched Aniston’s breast and he said it took more 37 takes before the director (and probably Gene) were satisfied.

I love it when Gene pokes fun of himself and even confuses the audience claiming he’s a Mexican-American (he is). There were those few years during the 1970s when he was a practicing Chicano. Gene became a product of his multi-ethnic upbringing in the suburbs of Los Angeles and it was this diverse background which ultimately inspired Gene to incorporate universal themes into his stand-up comedy and writing.

Pompa’s offbeat perspective on comedy crosses all racial and ethnic lines and goes over well with everyone from college age audiences to a more mature crowd.

Gene credits comedic legends Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Steve Martin as being his influences. In fact, Gene was been inspired to develop his own brand of late-night humor with “The Nite Nite Show,” a show that had great social relevance and irrelevance as its format. You’ll see where that all that stems from just be experiencing his standup comedy.


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