Jeremy Hotz has Christmas presence at the Improv |

Jeremy Hotz has Christmas presence at the Improv

Howie Nave
This is Jeremy Hotz, left, when he's in a good mood. Howie Nave, right, is always in character. See them both this week at the Improv at Harveys.

My Christmas wish come true. I can’t think of a more miserable comic to have here this week than Jeremy Hotz.

He performs with Marc Price and myself at 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday at the Improv at Harveys. There is no show Saturday, Christmas Eve.

Next to Hotz, the Grinch is like Santa Claus and puppies all rolled into one happy package of love.

Jeremy is more like an infection that won’t go away, even if there’s a cure for it.

But seriously, folks, Jeremy is probably one of the more outrageously funny comedians ever. He makes everybody else feel better about themselves.

At this time of year where not everybody is into the whole holiday spirit thing and thoughts of suicide are an option, Jeremy makes you realize that life is better and worth living. When you see and experience his show, you can’t help but think there’s finally someone on this planet who has it worse off.

Of course, Jeremy had to accumulate a lot of awards and garner credibility before being this miserable. Most recently, his “What a Miserable DVD This Is” has been getting incredible reviews as has his CD, “Lost Bird.”

He’s a favorite comic of the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and was a huge hit in Canada before duplicating the same in the states.

He appeared on just about every major network television late night show out there, including “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “NBC’s Friday Night,” the highly acclaimed PBS/ CBC series, “Newsroom” (Think the BBC version of “The Office”) and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Jeremy has also done work on the big screen, too, 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.”

He was the recipient of a Gemini Award for “Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series” for his work in the series “Newsroom” on the CBC and PBS in America, and received a Gemini nomination for his comedy special “Whatever happened to Jeremy Hotz?”

He’s now working on a show that he both wrote and created for CBC television called “My Life and A Movie.”

He’s written or co-written numerous television pilots and at one time was a staff writer on the aforementioned “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in New York.

So, with all this going for him, why would Jeremy even think of being so miserable? Because when he’s here he would rather be somewhere else, and vice-versa.

I feel a little bad for Marc Price, because he generally comes up here only for the opportunity to go skiing.

I know some ski resorts are open and the man-made stuff is better than nothing, but hey, what can I say? You’re fortunate to be here when you are, Marc.

Affectionally still referred to as “Skippy” to those who know him best, Marc has made that transition from child actor to successful writer, producer and creator on the other side of the camera. But hey, who didn’t like seeing him on the NBC sitcom “Family Ties” (which also starred Michael J. Fox and Justine Bateman) back in the day?

Marc now enjoys doing more behind-the-scenes work in addition to his standup comedy.

He produced, wrote and directed 65 episodes of “National Lampoon’s Funny Money” for the Game Show Network, has been the executive producer and creator for “Green Collar Comedy,” a one-hour special that aired on Showtime featuring environmentally oriented comedians in an eco-friendly setting, and co-produced “Comics Unleashed” on Animal Planet, which to me still stands out as a personal favorite.

A good week for Christmas and our gift to you, even if you’re an atheist.

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