Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Jerry Rocha at The Improv; Kathleen Dunbar at Carson Comedy Club |

Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Jerry Rocha at The Improv; Kathleen Dunbar at Carson Comedy Club

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action

It’s a romantic, VD week this time around with some funny folks.

Comedian Jerry Rocha, a Lone Star state native, is over at The Improv through Sunday.

Jerry finds humor in just about everything he sees, which means he’s constantly cracking up. What’s nice and refreshing about Jerry is that he doesn’t hold back with that humor, and can pack a punch, too, when he wants to.

He was a semifinalist on the seventh season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” appeared on “Stand-Up Revolution” on Comedy Central and on “Conan.”

Jerry can be subtle with his delivery. He’ll surprise you when you least expect it. I wouldn’t wanna play poker with him — you don’t know what cards this guy is holding, much like his comedy. His delivery just pulls you in.

Don’t get me wrong Jerry has great timing and material that always hits the mark. Just last week I was playing his album on iTunes called, “Take That, Real Dad.” His first album was “Pickle Dick” and it’s hilarious.

He also stars in a documentary that was on the Travel Channel, where one wouldn’t normally expect to hear comedy.

Jerry also was on Gabriel Iglesias’ third season of his “Stand Up Revolution” television show. Iglesias helped Jerry produce his first one-hour special “The Gentleman Jerry Rocha,” also on Netflix.

Make it a date night because it’s long overdue and your jokes aren’t that funny to begin with. See the real deal instead.

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

Dunbar at The Carson Comedy Club

Kathleen Dunbar can sure throw a punch when she delivers a line. She hails just south of Tahoe from Las Vegas and was the winner of The Las Vegas Comedy Festival. She also was voted Vegas’ Favorite Comedian.

Kathleen was up here performing last year at the lake and wasn’t used to being in such a cool climate. Then again, pretty much any place is cooler than Las Vegas during the summer months.

She doesn’t mind it when she’s referred to as a “classy broad,” again, given her locale. Now that I think about it, she’s like a female member of the Rat Pack.

In 2005 the Entertainment Consumers Exchange awarded her the “Excellence in Entertainment Sunrise Award.”

Kathleen was recognized again in 2006 and 2007 with the “Favorite Comedian” award.

Born in Milwaukee, this comic has Midwest values and ideals. It must have been a culture shock when she first arrived in Las Vegas.

Kathleen has a sarcastic edginess when recounting her life experiences, such as being a divorced mother. Those experiences provide her with some very realistic material.

Check her out at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget Feb. 15 and 16.

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

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