Lake Tahoe comedy scene with Howie Nave: Warren at The Improv; Rex Meredith in Carson
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
There truly is a need for laughter and, if it really is good medicine, then give me a pre-existing condition.
By the way, have you ever tried to hold back laughing at something? To trigger that involuntary muscle having an instigator and comedian lke Greg Warren is a good start.
Warren’s midwestern roots is a great foundation and we’re fortunate to have him this week here at Lake Tahoe.
First off, he’s got some pretty decent TV-cred that includes Comedy Central, Country Music Television’s “Comedy Stage,” “The Late Late Show,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and BET as a finalist on “Coming to the Stage.”
I’ve heard him on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show” where he entertained in theaters across the country with the “Friends of Bob and Tom Comedy Tour” (they go hand-in-hand).
Warren grew up in St. Louis and from the very beginning his family gave him more than enough material to start him down the road of comedy.
His father was his high school wrestling coach and his mother used to make him wear ridiculous clothes and take clarinet lessons. That’s source comedic material right there folks.
He was a West Point cadet for about a year where he distinguished himself by amassing an impressive tally of demerits and endless hours of pointless marching.
At the University of Missouri, he studied journalism and was named an All-American wrestler. While a student at Mizzou, Warren won a comedy contest and was invited to perform at the local club, Déjà Vu.
After a stint pitching Pringles and Jif for corporate giant Proctor & Gamble, Warren made the move to full time comedian the culmination an early invitation to the famed Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival.
I actually have one of his CDs (One Star Wonder) that I play on my morning radio show. It’s on the Comedy Central Records label and charted almost immediately when it first came out. He has others and I should probably update my collection. In the meantime check his act out over at The Improv inside Harveys this week.
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.
Rex Meredith at The Carson Comedy Club
Over at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget we have Rex Meredith, who easily has headlined just about every comedy club, showroom on the Las Vegas strip at least once, cruise ships, corporate events, celebrity golf events, American military bases across the globe and more.
He’s made over 100 television appearances including “The Tonight Show,” HBO, Showtime and was featured on CNN’s “Entertainment Report,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Evening at The Improv.”
Meredith hosted his own syndicated stand up comedy show, “The Laugh Shop.”
And if that wasn’t enough has been the opening act for Ray Charles, Rodney Dangerfield, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Chicago, Robin Williams and Johnny Mathis, Wow.
Meredith has also acted or performed voice over work in television, films, and commercials for TV and radio, most recently in the indie flick, “A Distant Location” in which Rex played three rolls (Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Carson and Sammy Davis Jr) and a 5 minute Webmercial for Sendout Cards playing a gangster disguised as an Easter Bunny. No profiling with Rex Meredith — A ‘must see’ comedian for sure.
Shows at the Carson Comedy Club inside the Carson Nugget start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.