Michael Pace and David Gee headline The Improv this week
Another week of stellar comedy is on tap at The Improv at Harveys. Keeping audiences rolling are physical comedy master Michael Pace and sardonic impersonator David Gee, who puts his hilarious spin on today’s political world.
Michael Pace has been headlining rooms for as long as I can remember. He is without a doubt one of the funniest individuals I have ever worked with who is just as funny offstage as he is on.
Pace is a master at being physical with his comedy with a biting sarcasm streak to boot.. Backing up those convictions is a face that must be made of Silly Putty or something as he can contort his mug into an expression that starts you laughing even before he has started speaking to compliment the visuals. I think he has marbles for eyes too as he can make them turn kinetic that just amplifies the rest of his face.
Among Pace’s credits are engagements at all of The Improv comedy clubs, “Showtime’s Comedy Club Network,” HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “A&E Network,” hosting of “Comic Relief “(in which he was nominated for an Emmy) and appeared as that well dressed guy in those California Lottery Commercials.
He was a huge hit at the prestigious Aspen Comedy Festival. Mike has opened for a wide range of talent that includes B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Cole and Simply Red. He sums up his act best by saying, “When I was a kid, I used to get the other kids in trouble by making them laugh so I would work on a new face in the mirror every day. I’ve always had instincts,” says Mike, a former special education teacher, bartender and recreational counselor for retarded children before comedy took over his life.
Whether he’s talking about telephone party lines, babies or how he used to teach boxing at a nursing home, those instincts are never quite what the crowd expects. Whatever strange spin Mike puts on his humor the proof of his unique talent is in the punch line every time. Good thing the audience won’t get in trouble for laughing.
Guess who’s getting more political in his act these days? Santa Monica’s own David Gee that’s who.
Maybe because it’s an election year? Well, that’s part of it but I think more because David has been getting fed up with the direction the country has been going. Gee (who dropped the ‘k’ for professional reasons) was featured as a guest host on “Access Hollywood” this past summer in addition to being a semi-finalist on ABC’s “The Next Best Thing” has just been speaking his mind more and now turning it into genuine comedic outrage at some of the goings on at the presidential level.
When not going off on a political rant David serves as roast master for those classic Friar’s Roasts that air on Comedy Central. He also has a gift when it comes to voice impersonations. In fact no one does a “Vin” Scully better than David Gee He has that broadcast quality of a voice that punches up his bits with more bites.
David has performed with a wide variety of acts which include The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins and Glen Campbell. He has appeared on HBO, Showtime, Entertainment Tonight and Comedy Central. An accomplished illustrator and poet of all things sarcastic. Still, Gee wants to remind people that some in Washington need to know what the people are thinking and Gee made sure of that in the last election posing as a street corner sign spinner in our nation’s capitol with his political message printed on the sign.
” Howie Nave is host and emcee of The Improv at Harveys and host of Howie’s Morning Rush on KRLT FM South Lake Tahoe.
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