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Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Raj Sharma and Joe Dosch perform at The Improv

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action

It's always fun when you come across someone who parallels your career in some ways and find out they're also a good person.

Sandy Stec is a comedian, a morning radio personality and she lives in beautiful place. No, she's not up here in Tahoe but down in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You can hear her 6-10 a.m. on San Francisco's Star 101.3 where she's ½ of "Marcus and Sandy" in the morning. We're friends on Facebook and every now and then she'll post comments saying she wishes she could have guests on her morning show. I guess in larger markets they restrict who can be on your show, and San Francisco is a top market.

I usually reply saying it's because she makes a lot more money than I do and, therefore, should be happy.

Sandy is performing Aug. 24 and 25 at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson City Nugget.

She's opened for Chelsea Handler, Kevin Hart, Dana Carvey, Arsenio Hall, Craig Shoemaker, Richard Lewis and a host of others.

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I'm still trying to get her to join me in the annual Tour de Tahoe happening in a couple of weeks.

She's ridden around the lake before, as her bio says. She did 100 miles so I'm guessing she cycled some 25 miles before actually going around Tahoe!

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

Sharma, Dosch at The Improv

Raj Sharma is back up here performing at the Improv through Sunday. Born and raised in Dallas, Raj grew up in a traditional Hindu household, which gave him a unique advantage for observing the cultural differences at an early age.

When he moved out to Los Angeles he used that "culture shock" and spun it into social awareness, which became a good part of his stand up while pursuing a career in comedy. Before long Raj was making the rounds in Los Angeles performing at The Improv, The Laugh Factory and headlining venues around the country.

His first stand-up comedy special, "The Laugh Factory Presents Raj Sharma Live from Las Vegas" showcased a lot of those observations from childhood.

Raj has worked with some fine comedians including well-worn road comedian Tom Rhodes, Carl LaBove, Pablo Francisco, Frank Caliendo, Brian Regan and many more. Raj is an original member of The Gurus of Comedy and co-founder of Indians at the Improv.

He's also a classically trained actor and is co-creator/producer of "Raj Sharma Presents" where he and other comics perform to benefit charities across the country.

Performing with Raj is Joe Dosch, who was on Comedy Central's "Roast Battle 2" where, you guessed it, two comics compete in a vicious, head-to-head joke contest.

Joe's a good writer, too, having written material for the Comedy Central Roasts of Rob Lowe and Justin Bieber, and was a featured comedian on RSVP Cruises.

Patrice O'Neal and Bill Burr are among Joe's influences.

Don't let that innocent looking face fool you — he has some pretty potent material that begs otherwise.

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