Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Ben Gleib at The Improv; Susan Jones at the Carson Comedy Club; Eric Buss at The Loft
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Comedian, actor, writer, voice over guy Ben Gleib has dabbled in it all.
Let’s see, I remember when TBS named him one of the “funniest comedians working today.” Oh, I know that’s basic cable (kidding, Ben).
I swear he lived on the set of “Chelsea Lately” on E! I think he did well over 100 appearances. An accomplished voice-over actor, he voiced characters in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” “The Book of Life” and was one of the stars of “Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.”
Ben was a regular on “The Today Show” with Kathie Lee and Hoda (on their “Guys Tell All” segment) and he made recent appearances on “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” on Comedy Central.
Ben has headlined comedy clubs all over these past 12 years and has toured sold-out arenas with Chelsea Handler and Dane Cook. His comedy is very smart and he hosted the Emmy nominated comedy game show “Idiotest” on GSN with hundreds of episodes. I play tracks from his standup special “Ben Gleib – Neurotic Gangster” that aired on Showtime.
Ben’s podcast, “Last Week On Earth” on the Smodcast Network, debuted on iTunes Comedy at No. 9, and was No. 1 on stitcher for 20 straight weeks.
Ben is always my prime example of how much work goes in behind the scenes, especially online. He was the first comedian to ever live stream a full headline set on Facebook Live and improvised each show he did on the road, with performances getting hundreds of thousands of views.
Check him out over at The Improv inside Harveys.
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.
Susan Jones at The Carson Comedy Club
This marks the first time I’ve ever seen comedian Susan Jones. I first heard her via her hilarious stand-up album, “50 Shades of Gravy.”
She was a regional finalist for NBC Standup and has won the Hard Rock comedy contest and JackFM’s Funniest Comedian in Washington.
I know she’s a dog lover so she’s more than OK in my book. She also professes to be a PEZ collector, single mom, strip club DJ and survivor of the ’80s and ’90s. Susan is a very upfront comedian and, like most of the good ones, draws from her life experience. Susan reached almost 600 pounds. In 2016 she started her weight-loss mission and has lost over 200 pounds so far. She takes you with her on this journey every pound of the way down. I think that’s pretty cool.
She’s opened for Dana Carvey, Rob Schneider, Brad Garrett, Jeffery Ross, Rick Overton, Chad Prather and many more.
Susan made her TV debut doing a half hour network special on RideTV. She has also appeared on Up Late NW and JokestersTV.
Catch her at The Carson Comedy Club Jan. 25-26.
Shows at the Carson Comedy Club start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Must be 21 or older.
Buss at The Loft
Magician/comedian Eric Buss is here this week over at The Loft at the Heavenly Village. I’ve known Eric for years but didn’t know he wanted to entertain folks at such an early age.
I remember he liked building stuff — he’d follow his dad into his workshop and create things.
At age 16, Eric started learning magic tricks and successfully merged his passion for building with his newfound magical skills, and knew what path he wanted to take. I think it’s great combining two different passions like this instead of just following one path.
I mean, how cool is that — building his own props from scratch, taken directly from his mind, and then incorporating them into his act.
When he was on my show I think it was his enthusiasm that I liked. Finally, someone more, or at least equal, in the energy department. Eric’s act is very funny and obviously very visual.
He’s performed around the world and on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. In fact, Letterman called his performance “tremendous, sensational, and beautiful.” And, as 10 million people watched, he managed to win over one of the most difficult audiences in television: the audience of “America’s Got Talent.”
Eric to me is really tough to classify. I mean, he’s a Second City Comedy School graduate and performed on five continents and on TV in seven countries, including a one-hour Korean television special solely dedicated to his performance.
Other career highlights include appearances on the “Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon” and the “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival in Montreal and entertaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Show times at The Loft are: 7 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday; and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
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