Jeremy Hotz and Joe Dosch performing at Improv at Harveys |

Jeremy Hotz and Joe Dosch performing at Improv at Harveys

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action

Canadian born Jeremy Hotz makes his triumphant return to Lake Tahoe after a five-year absence. He recently completed a sold out Canadian theater comedy tour called “What A Miserable Tour This Is …”, as well as performances all over the United States, Europe and Australia. Jeremy’s popularirty continues to grab audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy. He will perform with Joe Dosch at the Improv at Harveys this week.

Originally from Ottawa, Jeremy began his career performing at local comedy clubs across the country. In 1997 he performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and received a standing ovation after his debut performance at the festival’s prestigious television gala. He returned to the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005 (voted Best Performer by the “Globe and Mail”) and 2008 (chosen as Best in Fest by the “Montreal Gazette”). Recognition came quickly as American studios and networks showed interest and Jeremy was offered his first of many major development deals. On television Jeremy made his debut appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, followed by five appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, “NBC’s Friday Night,” the highly acclaimed PBS/CBC series, “Newsroom” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He also appeared on Comedy Central with his own half-hour special and was on MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour. This past summer, Jeremy filmed a one-hour TV special “What A Miserable Show This Is …” for CTV (Canadian Television).

Jeremy has also done work on the big screen, appearing in the feature films “My Favorite Martian” (with Elizabeth Hurley), “Speed 2” (with Sandra Bullock and Jason Patrick) and the feature film version of the television series, “Newsroom: The Movie.” He also starred in the four-part mini-series “Married Life” on Comedy Central and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the CBC’s CANA-DUH. Hotz was the recipient of a Gemini Award for “Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series” (“Newsroom”) on the CBC and PBS Network in America. Jeremy was a staff writer and performer on “The Jon Stewart Show” and received a Gemini nomination for “Best Writing in Comedy or Variety Show or Series” for his half-hour comedy special, “Whatever Happened to Jeremy Hotz?”

In 2008, Jeremy was honored with the “Dave Broadfoot, Comic Genius Award” at the Canadian Comedy Awards, which is the most prestigious comedy award in the country. Following that year, he was awarded Best Male Stand-Up 2009.

Jeremy has peformed at so many comedy festivals it’s tough to keep track. He’s headlined the Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland Comedy Festivals and won the Jury Prize for Best International Performer at the Sydney Comedy Festival. Jeremy is always working on projects with Dakota Productions as well as writing a feature length film. His DVD “What a Miserable DVD This Is …” is still one of my personal favorites. So, with all of this good stuff going on in his life and carear you’d think he would be happier, but no. Hotz will always be misearble but, that makes him funnier to those who attend hos shows.


Joe Dosch picked the worst state to start his stand-up comedy career. He’s from South Dakota — in 2014 it ranked as the 49th worst state in America (just above North Dakota) when it comes to government corruption. The ranking is based on the laws and systems each state has in place to prevent corruption and expose it when it does occur. The good news is Joe had bragging rights to make jokes about it.

To be fair his comedy career actually began in Montana, another place not known for launching successful comedy careers. Joe was smart to get out when he did because being gay (oh, did I forget to mention that?) is statistically more tolerated in Los Angeles.

Don’t think of any gay stereotypes though because Dosch is not what one might consider a typical gay comic (whatever that is). Heavily influenced by intellectual yet brutal comedians Bill Hicks, Patrice O’Neal, and Bill Burr, Joe is a hard hitting, yet warm and charming kind of guy who offers hilarious material that will appeal to all audiences. Joe is a regular at The Hollywood Improv. Whether the gig is at a gay pride festival in West Hollywood, or a rowdy Montana saloon, Joe delivers the goods.

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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