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Movie, television stars featured at Improv

Howie Nave / Special to Lake Tahoe Action

If you saw the Farrelly brothers film “Stuck on You,” you will know the comics performing through Sunday at The Improv. Gary Valentine’s been called sexy and Michael Burton was a potential caveman.

Valentine lost a gig as host of “The X Show” on FX when the show was canceled. But that led to a better gig ” playing the character of cousin Danny on the CBS program “The King of Queens,” which stars his actual brother, Kevin James. Funny thing, too, because Valentine has a strong resemblance to his brother.

Since that series concluded, Valentine has been very busy, particularly on the big screen, appearing with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear in “Stuck on You.” He played the ex-boyfriend to the girl who is friendly with the Siamese twins.

“I have this fight in a bar, fighting one of the twins but, of course, I wind up fighting both of them,” Valentine said.

He also was featured in the Jerry Seinfeld movie, “Comedian” and the independent short “Alive ‘n’ Kickin.” His most recent roles include that of a firefighter in Adam Sandler’s blockbuster hit, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and as a karaoke singer in his brother’s surprise hit, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

Oh yeah, Valentine says Sandler was quoted as saying “Gary Valentine will be one of People magazine’s 100 sexiest stars … soon.”

A native of Mineola, N.Y., Valentine’s humor is a sort of cross between being outrageous, animated with a definite high-energy charge to him.

“It’s based on everyday life,” he said. “I people-watch a lot, you know, go to the mall and just sit and observe.”

Although Valentine’s material crosses the line with some things, his comedy generally is in good taste. A big hit at the “Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival,” he’s also doing quite well on the small screen. Before his run on “The King of Queens,” he starred in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central.

Valentine’s other television appearances include a six-month stint as host on Direct TV. “I was on a 24-hour loop so you could catch me any time of day or night,” he said.

His Comedy Central special from a few years back still airs occasionally and he was also on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

‘Wingman’ Burton in the middle

The last time Michael Burton was here, I was overseas.

I can’t wait to talk to him, because Burton has completed numerous USO tours entertaining our young men and women in uniform and his latest CD includes proceeds that benefit the troops.

He has several CDs out, including “The Ultimate Wingman” and “I Haven’t Slept Since I Was 5.” When you see him it’ll all make sense, trust me.

In addition to being a regular on the late-night talk show circuit, Burton was a regular on Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh.” He’s also appeared as a special guest from time to time on “The King of Queens.”

He is even funnier when he appears on television commercials, including that one with Jerry Seinfeld for American Express. He also was up for a role as a caveman in those Geico commercials but after seeing the dumb TV show that was canceled the same week it premiered, he decided to pass. Funny thing is, had Burton gotten the spot he wouldn’t have needed any make-up ” he’s pretty hairy already. Sorry, Mike.

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