Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Daniel Tosh at MontBlue; John Caponera at The Improv; Josh Nasa at the Carson Comedy Club | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Daniel Tosh at MontBlue; John Caponera at The Improv; Josh Nasa at the Carson Comedy Club

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action

If you can still get tickets for comedian Daniel Tosh consider yourself lucky in this new year. He's over at MontBleu Friday, Jan. 4, for one night only.

I love his shows because some people get offended. As a comic that's a compliment, and he is known for his biting and satirical material. It's offensive and controversial at times, pissing off some segments of the populous, which is great!

I'm just so over the hashtag crybabies out there (that would be #whiners for those that need things abbreviated) so it's refreshing when comedians say, "Hey, that's enough already because I don't give a s#*t about what you think."

It's like giving the finger to the complainers through their comedy. Hey, I think I just ranted some!

Caponera at The Improv

One comedian who is sarcastic is John Caponera. He's been doing the funny since the '70s starting in his native Chicago. He has been a solid act (and a good guy) ever since. He's a real powerhouse of positive energy and interjects that throughout his show.

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He incorporates a lot of his family and Italian upbringing into his act that I think most folks can relate to.

In fact he was in a Showtime special called "The Godfathers of Comedy" which also starred fellow Italian comedians Willie Fratto, Rocky LaPorte, Paul D'Angelo and Frank Santorelli.

John has also starred in "The Good Life" and was the host of Comedy Central's "Jocks."

He guest-starred on NBC's long running hospital drama, "ER," in addition to "Love & War," "Blossom" and one of my favorite cable horror shows of all time, "Tales From The Crypt" on HBO.

The best part of any Caponera show is his signature closer of the late great Harry Caray, the voice of the Chicago Cubs. He slots him into these crazy situations as if he were broadcasting the game while telling the listeners what happened to him the night before. Good stuff.

Writing for the Chicago Tribune, Howell J. Malham Jr. said of Caponera, "Every so often the kingdom of comedy is graced with a gifted, naturally refined performer who can effectively demonstrate the transcendental powers of the medium while making it look deceptively easy."

John is a Chicago native and always will be even though he now resides in Southern California.

John says that one of his greatest experiences as a comedian was when he was overseas entertaining the troops in the Middle East and still believes (as do I) that there has never been a more appreciative audience than our military.

Check him out over at the Improv — you won't be disappointed.

The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.

Nasar at the Carson Comedy Club

Last but not least is comedian Josh Nasar who has performed on improv and stand up comedy stages, game shows and on radio.

For more than a decade, Josh has been making people laugh, getting his first taste of the spotlight as master of ceremonies for Penn State football making crowds of nearly 100,000 faithful football fans follow him throughout the game.

He took this special skill with him to hosting other gigs and comedy shows, which now has taken him to international status from Las Vegas' Rio, Hilton, Riviera, Mandalay Bay and Hard Rock hotels all the way to the Fringe Festival in Scotland.

He also had a role on FX's hit show "Sons of Anarchy."

Along with other projects, he can currently be seen hosting Discovery Network's "What's My Car Worth?"

When Nasar is not working in front of the camera he can be seen touring the country as a comedian, motivational speaker and relationship expert.

He's at the Carson Comedy Club this weekend inside the Carson Nugget so there's no excuse for not finding a good place to laugh unless you count that time you looked in the mirror last New Year's Day. Remember? I certainly do.

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