Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Marc Yaffee at Carson Comedy Club; Raj Sharma at The Improv
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
I first saw comedian Marc Yaffee on the Showtime special “Goin’ Native.”
Since then I’ve even seen him a bunch of places, even on PBS — talk about different ends of the programming spectrum!
Like the programs and credits this Native American comedian has accumulated over the years, Marc is very diverse.
To date he’s performed his stand up in 43 states and 11 countries. Marc even performed on a flat-bed truck for our U.S. Marines in Iraq while getting his head shaved. He even entertained Alaska Airlines passengers at 30,000 feet.
Back on the ground Marc has done the comedy club circuit, casinos and even the World Eskimo Indian Olympics in Alaska. He’s also appeared on the FNX Network’s, “First Nations Comedy Experience” and his recent special “Marc My Words” is a mainstay on NativeFlix.com. You can see his latest, “Dry Bar Comedy Special” when it airs this month.
As you might imagine, Marc has a very unique perspective being Native American. He’s not afraid to give his audience something to think about, in addition to making them laugh, too.
And to think, Marc got the comedy spark from attending a comedy workshop at Laughs Unlimited in Sacramento. Now you can see him this weekend at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget.
Shows at the Carson Comedy Club start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Must be 21 or older.
Raj Sharma at The Improv
Another Indian-American (as opposed to Yaffee’s Native-American) Raj Sharma returns to The Improv at Harveys with an incredible resume of comedy.
It all started back in Dallas, Texas where he first got into stand up. Now he performs all over the country.
Raj co-founded the “Indians at The Improv,” was a wildcard finalist for HBO’s “The Lucky 21” and toured with “Ahmed Ahmed’s Next Generation of Evil Comedy Tour.”
Raj is very quick at making observations, drawing from his childhood stories and damn good crowd work.
Veteran comedian Tom Rhodes called him “head-crushingly funny.” Comedian Bryan Callen says, “He’s funny in 3 languages: English, Punjabi and the Future.”
In a relatively short time Raj was able to use his childhood experience growing up in a traditional Hindu household and channel that into a solid comedy act and career.
And talk about diversification. In addition to his solo career, Raj has either started and/or been involved with a variety of comedic endeavors that include being an original member of The Gurus of Comedy, Pundits with Punchlines and The United Colors of Comedy.
He’s also worked with some pretty inspirational comedians including Rhodes, Carl LaBove, Pablo Francisco, Frank Caliendo, Brian Regan and Bruce Bruce.
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.