Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Alycia Cooper performs at The Improv
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
In the time it took her to reach NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” (where judge Roseanne called her “brilliant”) it feels as if it’s been a lifetime with comedian Alycia Cooper from then until now.
She recently wrapped up her latest project, the thriller called “Do Not Be Deceived.” While it doesn’t have a release date yet, Alycia has a host of other credits that could gag a yak.
Some of those include “Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Mo’Nique Show,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Wanda Does It,” “Gossip Queens,” “Nick’s Mom’s Night Out,” “Stand Up & Deliver” and “Stand Up in Stilettos.”
She taped her first DVD in 2002 for a Christian Comedy Show called, “The Spirit of Comedy” and since then has taped two hour-long DVDs (directed and produced by herself) called “Paper Chasin’” and “Stimulus Package,” has five comedy albums out on the market, a YouTube channel and a killer podcast called “A Hot 10 with Alycia Cooper,” where she interviews the hottest 10 comics each month.
She’s a member of SAG, after having been on “Grounded for Life,” “The Parkers” and “Raising Hope.”
Of all her credits though, Alycia said that performing overseas for our men and women in uniform ranks as her most memorable. She’s been to Japan, Korea, Guam, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Djibouti Africa performing in some pretty hot spots to entertain and meet some of the most courageous Americans in the world.
It’s good to have her back before the year closes. One can only imagine what she’ll be accomplishing when she returns next year.
Ron Morey also is on the bill with Alycia. Pound for pound, he’s one of the best. Ron has worked with a lot of well known entertainers and even appeared on the Snoop Dogg MTV show, “DoggyFizzle Televizzle.”
Snoop was looking to cast a nerdy white guy for one of his music videos. He went through piles and piles of professional headshots from actors, musicians and comedians and stopped immediately once he saw Ron Morey’s mugshot. Snoop declared, “Damn! This dude is the whitest white man I have ever seen!” and Morey got the call.
Ron has the honor of being mentioned as “a stand out kind of guy,” and does in fact stand out as he’s one of the few comics out there who still wears a three-piece suit onstage. He’s old school classy that way.
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.
Keith Nelson at Carson Nugget
Performing this weekend at the Carson Nugget is comedian Keith Nelson. I remember him when I first came up here to the lake. He’s been doing comedy for over 25 years and has the dubious distinction of having performed in all 50 states and all over the world.
He won the Portland Comedy Competition back in 2005 and was featured in The Best of the Best at the Burbank Comedy Festival just a few years ago. He was a finalist in the Ventura Comedy Festival Comedy Competition in 2014.
Keith is obviously a seasoned professional so seeing him up here is a rare treat — this is a show well worth checking out.
Shows start at 8 p.m. Visit ccnugget.com for more information on the Carson Comedy Club.