Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Allan Havey at The Improv; Todd Johnson at Carson Comedy Club |

Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Allan Havey at The Improv; Todd Johnson at Carson Comedy Club

Allan Havey performs at The Improv.

For years I’ve referred to Allan Havey as a comedian/actor but lately it’s the actor title that’s been taking up most of this comedian’s time.

Allan can be seen in the Showtime series, “Billions,” was in the last two seasons of “Mad Men” and played the part of a Protestant clergyman in the Coen Brothers’ film “Hail, Caesar!” Those are just a sample of some of his work, but you get the idea.

Whenever he’s available (which has been tough lately) Allan and I will talk all things entertainment on my morning radio show for a segment we call, “Howiewood & Haveywood” (on Howie’s Morning Rush KRLT 93. 9 The Lake).

He has a solid work ethic, always delivers a good show and never takes his stand up for granted. Even though his plate tends to get a little full (with a buffet of choices) he always makes time to do comedy. I think because it helps keeps his chops up making Allan always contemporary.

Allan doesn’t rest on his laurels and when it comes to the history of his work he’d much rather be talking about projects he’s currently involved in or ones coming up. I didn’t know he was a theater major in college but it certainly has paid off. His dream is to perform on Broadway, which would bring his professional life full circle.

Comedy, though, has been very good to Allan, taking him to countries he’d never get an opportunity to visit otherwise. In fact, he feels one of his most rewarding accomplishments as a comedian was performing overseas entertaining our troops in the Middle East.

Make plans to see him this weekend onstage at The Improv Lake Tahoe before he gets too busy with other projects.

Performing with Allan is Gary Cannon who is one of those rare acts that can warm up an audience before a television series. Some of the studio audiences he’s gotten to laugh before the official taping include shows such as “The Late Late Show,” “Last Call w/ Carson Daly” (when the show moved from New York to Los Angeles), “Dancing with the Stars” and for comedian/activist Chelsea Handler on her show, “Chelsea Lately” on the E! network.

He toured the country with the NBC television show “America’s Got Talent” as their warm-up guy.

The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at

Todd Johnson at the Carson Comedy Club

I haven’t been to Idaho in years, but when I worked the road as a stand-up comedian Idaho — aside from being a great state for fishing — had the best audience when I worked The Funnybone in Boise (and smaller rooms throughout the state).

So I was happy when I found out that comedian Todd Johnson got his start out there in the potato state. At a very young age, Todd learned to laugh at himself as well as those around him. During Todd’s early years at school he was somewhat quiet and rather than test his comedy on people, he chose to practice his comedy on cows, sheep and other barnyard animals.

Telling knock-knock jokes and one-liners to Holsteins quickly proved boring, forcing him to try his material out on his own species — and a comedian was born.

Growing up in Idaho familiarized Todd with a variety of things. His observations of life’s experiences are funny (especially when he’s talking about himself) but not in the way you would expect them to be, especially coming from a simple-minded boy from Idaho.

His clean humor and the way he puts a mental image in your mind makes you see a different side of life envisioned through a backdrop of laughter.

Check out Todd at the Carson Comedy Club this weekend.

Shows at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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