John Caponera and Nick Youssef perform at Harveys’ Improv in Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
John Caponera is not just a popular comedian, but he’s now going to be a popular (and very funny) author. He will perform with Nick Youssef this week at the Improv at Harveys.
Caponera wrote a new book, “A Life in Comedy,” that charts Caponera’s ups and downs, highs and lows in his chosen field of comedy. From his start as a young performer in 1970s Chicago to Star Search to the “pseudo-celebrity hell” of corporate golf tournaments, Caponera has definitely seen it all. The chapter about cocaine-addicted club owners was pretty spot on (mainly during the 80s) as were the observations regarding fickle TV executives, uptight cruise ship directors and pretty much the harsh reality of life on the road.
However, it was John’s comedy that started all of this. With his signature tagline, “Comedy! Comin’ attcha!,” “Cap” (as we affectionately refer to him) sets the stage for what will be a funny evening of comedy. John talks a lot about his Italian upbringing and the stories are hilarious. He’s a real powerhouse of positive energy and interjects that throughout his show. Speaking of all things Italian, John has parlayed that family background into a comedy special that aired on Showtime called “The Godfathers of Comedy,” which also starred fellow Italian comedian Rocky LaPorte. John has starred in numerous shows, such as “The Good Life.” He was also the host of Comedy Central’s “Jocks” and ESPN’s “Talk II.” He guest-starred on NBC’s long-running hospital drama, “ER,“ in addition to “Love & War,” “Blossom” and one of my favorite cable horror shows of all time, “Tales From The Crypt” on HBO.
The best part of any Caponera show (and always his closer) is a personal favorite. If you’re a sports fan you’re going to love John’s dead-on impression of Chicago’s greatest play-by-play sports announcer of all time, Chicago Cub’s Harry Caray.
John said entertaining the troops in the Middle East is one of his greatest experiences. There has never been a more appreciative audience than that of our military. John’s pretty patriotic too and makes no apologies about it.
I finally got around to listening to comedian Nick Youssef’s podcast, “Occasionally Awesome.” It’s good stuff.
Nick has been popping up on numerous national TV commercials and he even made guest appearances on television shows such as NBC’s “Animal Practice” and the popular video game, “LA Noire.” He additionally made a stand-up appearance on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” This is his third performance up here and when not on tour Nick can be seen performing stand up at The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and Improv comedy clubs in Hollywood.
Nick’s debut stand-up album, “Stop Not Owning This,” made the Top 5 list on the iTunes comedy charts and was featured last this year in Esquire Magazine. Oh, and his “Occasionally Awesome” podcast can be heard on the All Things Comedy network. He writes articles for Esquire and Paste Magazines, too. Nick is based in Los Angeles.
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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