John Henton, Scott Kennedy headline at The Improv this week |

John Henton, Scott Kennedy headline at The Improv this week

John Henton and Howie Nave share a brief moment for the camera before showtime.

Double up the laughs this week at The Improv with two seasoned veterans appearing on stage.

John Henton

John Henton returns for the first time in the ’08. Henton has many reasons for liking Lake Tahoe but he says one of the reasons he likes coming here is because of the winter months.

No, he doesn’t ski or snowboard or do anything outdoorsy no. The reason? As John puts it, “Tahoe women bulk up for the winter season and I like ’em thick. There are some healthy women up here which is a good thing.” Can’t argue with that assessment. Henton is by far one of our favorites up here. His laid back, no hassle style is a welcome relief to some of the more neurotic types.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that just that it is so much easier when their neurosis is confined to being onstage and not off. Henton makes you laugh even before he sets up the jokes. You know how some comics just lead you to the funny and then you start to connect the dots and start laughing before the comic gets there? Such is the case with John Henton.

Henton is one of those rare comics who got to appear on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. John has a long list of television credits going back when he appeared on “Bob Hope’s Young Comedian’s Special.” Since then it has been a long road to the top for Henton appearing in his own half-hour comedy special for Showtime called “John Henton: Comedy With An Attitude” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” on cable.

On network television Henton is probably best known for being on the successful FOX TV series, “Living Single” starring Queen Latifah. The show received stellar ratings and TV Guide selected Henton’s character as one of the “break out” characters of the season. And if that wasn’t enough Henton would garner further recognition when he signed up to play the character of “Milsap” on the sitcom, “The Hughleys.” That show gave Henton a huge and loyal following even to this day. When “The Hughleys” moved to UPN during its third season on Monday nights it was the anchoring program for the fledgling network and stayed there for another two years.

John’s body of work was recognized in 2001 and 2002 with an NAACP “Image Award” nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. John was really moved by that honor. His appeal goes beyond the characters he plays on television as he continues to captivate audiences with his observational and topical humor. He continues to be a favorite on talk shows with appearances on “The View,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and numerous other late night talk shows.

Although Henton lives in Los Angeles he will always call Cleveland home but as mentioned earlier he loves Tahoe for the winter season. Gotta love that. Now if I can just get him out on the slopes.

Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy is a also a fan of the Lake (aren’t they all?) and is bummed that he doesn’t get booked up here more frequently.

He recently returned from overseas entertaining our men and women in uniform. yet another series of overseas Scott told me that performing for the troops has been the most rewarding of his comedy career.

Scott has been doing the USO circuit over the past five years now and will continue to do so until every soldier returns home.

Like most in this business he didn’t start out wanting a career in comedy. He has had a long list of jobs before comedy from Porsche salesman to radio DJ. Scott began comedy in Lubbock, Texas after a friend entered him in an amateur comedy competition.

Once bitten by the comedy bug, he quit his long list of “real jobs” and started touring the country. When asked if he was surprised about his new career, Scott replies, “Not surprised that I do stand-up comedy, I was always kind of the class clown.”

During his school years Scott played football and still looks like a linebacker. Scott attended New Mexico Military Institute for three years which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Scott is gay and performed the first year Tahoe had its gay & lesbian ski week with Judy Gold. It’s sort of ironic that Scott is gay and went to military school now that I think about it. As Scott puts it, “They may have a don’t ask-don’t tell policy in the real military but in military school it’s more of a I won’t tell anyone if you don’t tell anyone policy.”

Scott was the featured performer at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado and also wowed them at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He has headlined comedy clubs and theaters coast to coast. Last year Scott completed his first half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central. Still, Scott loves entertaining overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and sells CDs from his shows there with proceeds going to the military.

” Writer Howie Nave is the host and emcee of The Improv at Harveys Casino. You can buy Howie’s new DVD “Howie Nave: Live From Lake Tahoe” at the show or at Improv showtime is 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday with two shows on Saturdays, at 8 and 10 p.m. The Improv is dark on Mondays.

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