Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Jenna Kim Jones at Carson Comedy Club; Griffin at The Improv |

Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Jenna Kim Jones at Carson Comedy Club; Griffin at The Improv

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Jenna Kim Jones performs at the Carson Comedy Club.

Here’s an interesting mix for a comedian: born in Seoul, South Korea, moved to Provo, Utah when she was 8, and studied at NYU interning for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Who is this individual?

Jenna Kim Jones, that’s who.

She is recognized as the on-camera host/narrator of “Meet the Mormons” and her comedy specials currently play on Sirius XM Laugh USA. Her podcast, “#SorryNotSorry” with Jenna Kim Jones, is one of the Top 200 Comedy Podcasts on iTunes.

In 2014, Jenna released her first stand up comedy special (also “#SorryNotSorry with Jenna Kim Jones”). Two years later Jenna released a second comedy special, “Jenna Kim Jones Live In Hollywood,” as the featured comedian in the “Everyone Laughs” series on Sirius XM Laugh USA.

Jenna later released a video special with the streaming service VidAngel called “Jenna Kim Jones: Fun to Hug.”

She’s a very unique individual but more importantly very funny! She’s constantly on social media and has a huge following. Jenna regularly performs at some of the country’s best comedy clubs and festivals.

Check her out this weekend at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget.

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

Griffin at The Improv

A personal fav is comedian Nick Griffin. I think I’ve known him now for 20 years? I’m not sure how long I’ve known him but it’s long enough where he feels comfortable talking when he would normally be hiding in a broom closet … he’s comfortable in dark places with no one around.

I knew him when he was still down in Los Angeles before moving to the East Coast; a move that really helped his career. He was booked almost immediately on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and ended up making almost a dozen appearances.

After that it was several spots on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” Conan O’Brien and did one of the best Comedy Central specials I’ve ever seen. He’s also been a staff writer for “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show” and for “The Pit Bull of Comedy” himself, Bobby Slayton.

You know what’s really funny? When I mention those credits (and others) he says it hasn’t put a dent in his pay or increased his bookings that much. Yes folks, Nick is without a doubt one of the most positive guys I’ve ever known.

Nobody else spends as much time on the road as Nick. OK, maybe Rocky LaPorte but Nick is right up there and there are many reasons that make him such a great act to see. His observation on the absurd is pretty astute but it’s his keen take on relationships that cracks me up.

We share a common interest in movies, particularly horror movies. He’s written a plethora of scripts, treatments and full blown screenplays — his best work being kinda dark (like Nick).

Sometimes he’ll text me late at night asking how many bagels I gave a certain movie (I rate movies by bagels, with five bagels being the best) and why I liked or disliked it. Some of those texts are pretty outrageous now that I think of it.

Nick is a “must see” comedian so try to catch him this week at The Improv inside Harveys.

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

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