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Military bent to Tuesday’s Tahoe Comedy North

Tim Parsons
Will C. headlines Tuesday at the Tahoe Comedy North.
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Being picked on inspired Will C.’s humor, so hecklers probably shouldn’t bother.

“The way my act is, it’s difficult to heckle me,” Will C. said. “I don’t give them time to do it. But if it gets out of control, everybody’s got their arsenal and I’m ready to go.”

Will C. brings high high-energy show with rapid-fire punchlines Tuesday, May 3, to the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room. The headliner who served in the Marines, Air Force and Army will be onstage along with another veteran, Erik Knowles.

“Erik was a Marine officer,” Will C. said. He’s smart. He has a great finishing acts, one of the best Obama impressions I’ve seen.”

Will C. is a Midwesterner who lives in Los Angeles. Tuesday marks his second Tahoe appearance, both at the CBC.

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He was influenced by a Redd Foxx record he listened to as a child, then by George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor and Rodney Dangerfield.

“I’ve always been the overweight kid,” he said. “I was always the kid they were making fun of. I had the glasses and braces and I was fat. I thought, ‘How can I turn this around?’ And I started becoming the class clown.

“As I got older I went to a comedy club and thought I could so do this. So I went to a comedy club and on a buddy’s dare tried open mic. I was bit by that comedy bug and the rest is history.”

Because of Will C. intense show, he said it takes him a long time to unwind.

“Sometimes sitting around at Denny’s at 3 in the morning you write some of the best jokes ever,” he said.

He appeared in “Seven Pounds” with Will Smith, “Yes Man” with Jim Carey, and in numerous television commercials.

Knowles headlined the Rebels of Comedy show at the Improv in Hollywood, was a finalist at the California Comedy Festival, and has performed in comedy clubs all over California, Arizona and Texas.

Gina Ritter also will perform. She lived 30 years in New York but now claims to be a certified “Californian Namby Pamby who hugs random people for no good reason.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show and are available at the Crystal Bay Club, Incline Cleaners, Grog & Grist, Incline Spirits & Cigars, Noah’s Video, New Moon Natural Foods and the Visitor’s Centers in Incline Village and Tahoe City. For a complete Tahoe Comedy North schedule, go to http://www.tahoecomedynorth.com


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