Scott Record performs at South Shore’s Improv this week
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
This is Scott Record’s first time back this year; and he’s one of a handful of comics where, because of his varied talents, will be doing close to an hour this week. That’s right, there is no middle act. It’s all Scott!
I go out and set the table, doing 20 minutes, and Scott closes the deal — giving us a very funny main course.
This guy has opened for some of the biggest names in show business, some of them certified as legends. Look at this list: he’s opened for Ann-Margaret, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, The Gatlin Brothers, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Huey Lewis and the News, Celine Dion, Cher and Clint Black. Wow.
When Scott first started out he immediately caught the attention of legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield and was booked into the New York comedy club that bears his name. Soon after that he became the house favorite and Dangerfield started taking him on the road, which led to opening for all of those major stars. To this day the Massachusetts native credits Dangerfield for giving him a huge boost in his career when he was just a young, unknown. I consider Scott “old school” when it comes to his performances because he relies on pure talent, incorporating comedy, singing and even impressions during his act. No, he’s not very edgy; he puts on a solid, professional show that pretty much appeals to everyone. That’s probably why Scott is frequently requested to do cruise ships — his mass appeal. When he does perform on cruise ships Scott will usually tour with an orchestra backing him up, but this week — even though he won’t have the Lake Tahoe Philharmonic backing him up on stage — he’ll still have those lush sounds via a well-recorded CD.
When not performing on land or sea, Scott doubles as producer, writer and at times a director, putting together a wide range of projects from starring in his own travel/culinary television show called “Destination: with Scott Record” to performing for ESPN, acting as master of ceremonies for their annual ESPY Awards dinner. Scott also contributes to many fundraising events, such as the one he did with crooner Harry Connick Jr. and the legendary Norm Crosby for a muscular dystrophy organization known as ACT. He additionally was part of the annual Long Island Comedy Festival, receiving a standing ovation for his part of the program.
And here’s a fun fact: Scott is a pretty good sushi chef.
Howie Nave is the MC at the Improv at Harveys. The comedy club is inside Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows begin at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets are $25 plus fees, except Saturdays. Tickets are $30 on Saturdays. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. Must be 21 or older to attend. More information is available by calling 775-586-6266.