Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Tiana returns to The Improv; Rodriguez debuts at Riffs
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Sarah Tiana returns to Lake Tahoe with even more credits.
Tiana is a Comedy Central Roast Battle runner up, a writer for the Comedy Central Roasts, a regular on @Midnight, a regular and writer on The Josh Wolf Show on CMT and a regular at “ignoring red flags.”
I saw her last Comedy Central special last year and a show on Yahoo called “Props” about prop bets (the Twitter handle is @2debate2furious) and a podcast with comedian/actor Rob Riggle called “Riggles Picks.”
Tiana has written for fellow comedian Theo Vonn when she did her Comedy Central pilot called, “Man Up” while in the middle of a comedy tour with WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler. Originally from Calhoun, Georgia, Tiana’s act emphasizes the thrills of growing up after “The War Of Northern Aggression” and trying to survive in the current battle of the sexes.
Tiana’s big break came after she was recognized for her breakout performance as Carmen in four episodes of “Reno 911!” during its seventh season.
In 2005 she helped create a sketch comedy company called The Strait Jacket Society as a way to help young actors in Hollywood accelerate their stage time and gain exposure while still having fun (she has currently put over 500 actors through the program).
Tiana has done about a dozen tours overseas entertaining our troops in Germany, Singapore, Afghanistan, Guam, Okinawa and at several Wounded Warrior facilities. A trip to Iraq at the beginning of the war is highlighted in the documentary film “We Love You, Mrs. Bevins.”
Tiana has written and starred in two seasons of Comedy Central’s “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and was a correspondent on “The Soup Investigates.”
Back in the day she was a regular on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable and an avid sports fan. She wrote for the ESPY Awards and the Rob Riggle NFL segments on FOX (a personal fav). In her bio she says you can see her at the world famous Comedy Store, on Twitter and in numerous unhealthy relationships near Los Angeles. Funny stuff.
See her this week over at The Improv inside Harveys.
The Improv at Harveys takes place at 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.harveystahoe.com.
Rodriguez debuts at Riffs
Sacramento comedian Ellis Rodriguez makes his debut this Saturday at Riffs Comedy Club inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe.
Born in Boston as one of nine children raised by loving immigrant parents from Panama, Rodriguez probably had to stand out and what better way than with humor?
Living in a multi-racial, unicultural family gave him a unique perspective on life that would carry over into his act when he first started performing on a stage. He grew up speaking Spanish at home, English at church and Ebonics in school.
Rodriguez found his calling after serving in the United States Marine Corps but found his calling when he picked up a mic entertaining anyone who would listen and since then has performed at top comedy clubs across California and across the country.
He was a national finalist in NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity” showcase and performed on Shaq’s “All Star Comedy Jam Tour.” Ellis released his first stand-up DVD, Go Be a Clown, in 2012. He has given back making time to support the military with his national show “Semper Funny” as well as supporting cancer treatment, the homeless and the arts.
In addition to being a comedian, Rodriguez also is an actor and writer. He has been the lead in commercials and the film, “Shrinkage.”
He is currently focusing on expanding his brand with upcoming projects, “Fight 4 Your Life” and a cartoon strip entitled, “Plato’s Cave.”
Riffs Comedy Club hosts shows at 8 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit harveystahoe.com. Shows at the Carson Comedy Club in the Carson Nugget start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.