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Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Jerry Rocha performs at The Improv

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action

Comedian Jerry Rocha returns to the Lake after a brief absence for other pertinent projects he's been involved with.

Originally from the Lone Star state, Rocha finds humor in just about everything he sees around him. What's nice and refreshing about Jerry is that he doesn't hold back with that humor — he can pack a punch when he wants to.

What, a comedian who doesn't hold back?

He was a semi-finalist on the seventh season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," appeared on "Conan" and Comedy Central's "Stand-Up Revolution."

I'd have to say Jerry can be subtle with his delivery and 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.

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He also stars in a documentary that was on the Travel Channel, where one wouldn't normally expect to hear comedy. I watched him on Netflix where his first one-hour special aired.

Rocha 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.

See Jerry run at the Improv over at Harveys Sept. 5-9.

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

Well, with shoulder season now upon us I thought I'd be somewhat self-serving and write about a comedian as if I was discovering him for the very first time.

Let's see, uh, he's appeared on the second season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Comedy Central and most recently in the television pilot "Casino Boss" (staring SNL alumni Joe Piscopo). Over the years this comedian has opened for a wide variety of artists ranging from the late Robin Williams to Neil Young, Trisha Yearwood, Louie Anderson, Howie Mandel (who I'll be chatting with next week when he appears at MontBleu), "Weird Al" Yankovic and has the distinction of being the last guy to open for the late, great Johnny Cash on the West Coast.

He got his start really by writing original comedy songs for the nationally syndicated "Dr. Demento," radio program which lead to his touring with "Weird Al." Some of his original songs include "Your Father Was Once my Mother," "I was Born the Wrong Religion all Because of Circumcision," "Freaks on the Internet," "I Want a Part Time Girl for Christmas" and "It's Hard to be a Jewish Cowboy When You Want to Date a Country Girl."

Of all the places he has performed at most, his favorites are the shows he did performing for our troops in Iraq and Kuwait. He also has two CDs out and is currently working on his third one.

OK, who is this comedian? I'll give you a hint: he writes a column every week in Lake Tahoe Action and has a morning radio show here in South Lake Tahoe called Howie's Morning Rush on KRLT 93-9 The Lake (which you can also hear online Monday through Friday 6 to 10 a.m. PST @ KRLTFM.com).

I know, I'm a ho, but hey, if you can't promo yourself every now and then who will? I'll be headlining the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget on Sept. 7-8.

The following day it's cycling around the Lake for the annual Tour de Tahoe happening Sunday, Sept. 9. Come on out and support a local even if I'm technically performing a wee bit down the mountain.

I promise not to shop at Costco.

Shows start at 8 p.m. Visit ccnugget.com for more information on the Carson Comedy Club.