South Shore’s comedy scene: Presidential impersonators, stand-up this week
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Trump vs. Obama: Bob DiBuono
He freaked Whoopi Goldberg out when he appeared as President Donald Trump on ABC’s “The View” and performed at Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough’s (co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”) engagement party. Who is this guy, you ask? New York comedian and world-class impressionist Bob DiBuono.
During the 2016 Presidential campaign DiBuono played Trump on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” It was a huge hit, but since nobody expected Trump to win the show was canceled! Apparently the folks on Comedy Central didn’t want to see Trump portrayed as a funny and likable guy, according to DiBuono: “It’s that divisive, this whole political scene, that a show on Comedy Central about Trump would be canceled when the numbers were good.”
How good is DiBuono as Trump? Fortune Magazine rated the comedian as one of the top Donald Trump impersonators in the country, and he just completed a national tour with award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar performing for sold-out crowds.
Apart from his ABC and Comedy Central credits, DiBuono has appeared on MTV, “Gotham Comedy Live,” CNN, Fox News and can be heard each week on Sirius XM satellite radio. He comes to South Lake Tahoe for the first time with comedian Reggie Brown (who does an amazing Barack Obama impression) in the Comedy Smackdown billed as Trump vs. Obama, held Sunday, Feb. 18, at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa at 8 p.m. Fitting that the event comes on Presidents Day Weekend.
The Improv: Amir K
One of my favorites returns to The Improv this week in the way of Amir K — this guy needs a sitcom. Born Amir Kamyab in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Southern California, the comedian spent countless stage time perfecting his craft and gaining a formidable reputation with his storytelling and improvisational style. Since nobody ever seemed to pronounce (or spell) his last name correctly he shortened it to just “K.” Due to his multi-cultural upbringing (he’s fluent in Farsi and Spanish), K became known for his incredible accents and impressions.
The first time K performed at The Improv he was a middle act and had just completed his first movie (he appeared in Ben Affleck’s “Argo”). There’s a lot of talent in this one guy, and he’s well worth checking out. K won Orange County’s Funniest Comedian Competition and was a performer on CBS’ “Diversity Showcase.” He’s also appeared on CW’s “Mad TV” and the MTV prank show “Jerks With Cameras.”
The Improv: Benji Aflalo
The comedian is relatively new to the scene — he began stand-up soon after graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2006. Aflalo has done very well as a staff writer on “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and splits his time as a comedian, writer and actor. You may have seen him in “Alone Together,” which debuted not that long ago. Prior to that, Aflalo was a writer for the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.