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Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Jimmy Shubert at The Improv; 4 headliners billed at Carson Comedy Club

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action

One of the best returns after a long absence and he's on fire as usual. That would be comedian Jimmy Shubert, who's one of the most solid acts out there working today.

He has a plethora of credits but some of the highlights include his hour-long stand-up special "Alive N' Kickin'" that made the Top Ten Best Stand Up comedy DVDs for punchlinemagazine.com, the leading comedy website in the industry.

I like Jimmy because he calls it as it is. He points out so many ridiculous things that it's almost embarrassing being this species. He's been on numerous shows, from playing a prison guard in a hostage crisis to a murder victim on "Monk," did a guest star on the CBS comedy "2 Broke Girls," played Betty White's neighbor in the NBC show "Off Their Rockers" and made three appearances on HBO's hit show "Entourage."

Earlier work includes five years in a recurring role on CBS's "King of Queens" and appearances on "Heist," "ER," "Reno 911," "Rude Awakenings," "Angel," "Lucky," "New Car Smell," "Sonny With a Chance," "Just Shoot Me" and "Youth In Revolt."

Schubert has worked with my buddy Shayla Rivera doing a tour of military installations and performed along with Drew Carey for the troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan as part of the "America Supports You" program for the Defense Department and Armed Forces Entertainment.

Jimmy has worked with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Katie Holmes and the late Robin Williams.

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His first half-hour comedy special for Comedy Central was shot at the Hudson Theater in New York City, and since then he has released two comedy albums, "Animal Instincts" and "Pandemonium," produced by Grammy-winning producer Dan Schlissel.

Jimmy is based in LA where he has performed and written material for acts like Yakov Smirnoff, Jimmy Walker, and Andrew "Dice" Clay.

It was at the Comedy Store where he met Sam Kinison. Kinison liked Shubert's chutzpah and included him as one of the original "Outlaws of Comedy," which he toured with for five years, playing major casinos in Las Vegas and other venues like the Universal Amphitheater in front of audiences as large as 6,500 people.

After a well recognized performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, he was spotted by the late Brandon Tartikoff who signed Jimmy to a holding deal to develop a pilot sitcom for him to star in at 20th Century Fox.

You can see him 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.

Special show at The Carson Comedy Club

A Tuesday regular on my morning radio show, comedian/actor Bob Zany is one of four headliners performing at the Carson City Comedy Club Friday and Saturday. The others include Kabir Singh, Sean Peabody and Joby Saad.

It's a special weekend of shows because all of these comics appeared in the television pilot for "Casino Boss," which you might remember starred SNL alumni Joe Piscopo and was shot inside the Carson Nugget.

Zany had a substantial part in the pilot and, yes, they're shooting the second episode this weekend. Bob's other acting credits include appearing in such movies as Matt Damon's "The Informant!," "23 Minutes To Sunrise," "Up Your Alley" and on Showtime playing the roast master of Brace Land in the comedy "Gigolos."

Bob has also appeared in several documentaries and even made one himself called "Close But No Cigar." The documentary is an autobiographical journey chronicling his professional life, which includes numerous interviews from those Bob met over the years and some who have become major players in the comedy business.

It's pretty sobering to see one individual working a sweet gig as one of the top writers for SNL and then cut to Bob leaving a one-nighter somewhere in the Midwest. As Steve Martin once said, "Comedy isn't pretty."

Will there be a sequel? I'm not sure but a book is definitely in the works. Bob's great as a guest on the radio — he used to have his own radio show after he was approached by long time Southern Cal radio legend Frazer Smith, who is also a comedian (and has performed up here as well) on the very popular Los Angeles station KLOS.

Bob is a natural for radio always having something funny to say.

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