Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Amir K at The Improv; Kermet Apio at Carson Comedy Club |

Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Amir K at The Improv; Kermet Apio at Carson Comedy Club

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Amir K returns to The Imrov at Harveys.

Amir K is back at The Improv inside Harveys and brings with him a plethora of voices and very good material.

Amir has been on the CW’s “MadTV,” the MTV prank show “Jerks With Cameras” and he appeared in Ben Affleck’s blockbuster hit “Argo.” And that was his first flick, too.

Born Amir Kamyab (who goes by the stage name Amir K) in Tehran, Iran (and raised in Southern California), Amir spent countless hours of stage time perfecting his craft gaining a formidable reputation with his storytelling and improvisational style.

His background also played a huge part in his comedic development. With his multi-cultural upbringing (being fluent in Farsi and Spanish) he became known for his incredible accents and impressions.

In a relatively short amount of time Amir won OC’s Funniest Stand-Up Comedy Competition and was a performer on the CBS “Diversity Showcase.” Following that, he was a finalist on NBC’s “Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase” and won Tommy T’s Stand-Up Comedy Competition over in the Bay Area.

As a kid he liked being able to make his classmates laugh — but a career in comedy? Amir was in real estate for a while and did very well, so much so that he had his own company.

The only good thing to come out of the Great Recession was Amir leaving real estate and following his true passion of entertaining people and making them laugh. Oh man, that would have been total drag had Amir’s comedy career fell out of escrow.

Amir is excellent at what he does now and is only getting better.

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

Kermet Apio at The Carson Comedy Club

I’ve seen comedian Kermet Apio’s stand up and he’s very entertaining.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kermet enjoyed a childhood in one of the most beautiful places on the planet (second to Tahoe). He spent his time watching television, playing and procrastinating everything else. To this day, he still does all three extensively.

After Kermet graduated from high school he moved to Seattle where he attended the University of Washington. Seattle became home at a fertile time for him. In 1989, Kermet did his first open mike night at the Comedy Underground in Seattle and did OK. At the time he was testing the comedic waters and considered it a fun hobby.

However, in May of the following year he quit his job, said goodbye to health care and benefits, and took the leap to performing full time. To this day it is still his only job skill.

Things got better, though, and he eventually won the Seattle Comedy Competition and was a semifinalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Oh, in 1988 he was Dishwasher of the Month at the Sea-Tac Airport Denny’s.

Kermet won the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival and has had numerous appearances on television and radio. He has showcased at comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas and Vancouver and has performed in 47 states and three Canadian provinces.

Kermet is married and the proud father of two wonderful children. He enjoys his family, baseball and pie. His dislikes include not enjoying opera, sitting in traffic, and writing about himself in the third person.

Shows at the Carson Comedy Club start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Must be 21 or older.

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