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Tahoe’s Improv hosts Graham Elwood and Carrie Snow

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Graham Elwood
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GRAHAM ELWOOD

Fortunately for comedian Graham Elwood there’s still plenty of snow for him to go skiing. That’s partly why he gets booked during the winter months. He’ll perform with Carrie Snow this week at the Improv.

Graham has been crisscrossing the country now for well over 15 years and in the last four he started (with three other comedic friends) Los Angeles’ first ever podcast festival. It was an eventual outcome from his (and comedian Chris Mancini’s) own podcast, ComedyFilmNerds.com. And now as a filmmaker for his documentary, “Ear Buds: The Podcast Documentary,” Graham continues to branch out into other aspects from entertainment business.

As a comedian Graham appeared on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” He also hosted several shows on Tier 3 cable and was seen in “Super High Me,” along with “The High Road” on G4. Of all his credits he has amassed over the years, entertaining the troops overseas ranks as his most fulfilling. He’s been to military installations in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. I was fortunate enough to tour with Graham when we performed in Kuwait and Iraq along with the late Scott Kennedy. It was while we were overseas that we decided he had to be a regular on my morning radio show every Thursday, so “Graham’s Crackers” was launched seven years ago. It’s still one reason why I love Thursdays on the radio.

CARRIE SNOW

I always know when Carrie Snow is heading up to the lake because she’ll text me, reminding me that she’s bringing her dog, T.J. (Harveys Casino has a floor dedicated to all things canine). We both love dogs and talk about them in our acts. I’ve known Carrie now for over 25 years, dating back to the last century when we were both living in the San Francisco Bay area. I think that’s the first time I saw her one-woman show, “7,000 Sailors Can’t Be Wrong,” that still stands as one of the funniest shows ever. Carrie is not just a fine stand-up performer, but she is also quite adept at being a sketch comedian — as witnessed when she had a part on “Saturday Night Live” when Roseanne hosted the show.

Carrie’s style of humor is smart, accessible and it features a storytelling element. Her observations are uncanny, like when she said, “Having a male gynecologist is like going to an auto mechanic who doesn’t own a car.”

Carrie names physical comedic legends such as Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers as her earliest influences. She says being funny transcends gender, adding, “If you are a real comic, man or woman, your act is who you are,” though “I think women bring a deeper context.”

She additionally worked hard, paying her dues as a receptionist for Kaiser Permanente in Berkeley during the day while honing her craft at night. Her timing was fortuitous, being in San Francisco just as the comedy boom was taking place in the 1980s. She rode that wave of humor through that decade pretty well, too, landing a job as a writer for “Roseanne.”

Carrie has a lot of comedy credits, including the documentary, “The Aristocrats.” Her book, “My Mom’s Meaner Than Your Mom: True Stories of Mean Mothers,” could be made into a motion picture. Carrie additionally appeared on “Oprah,” Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” and Showtime’s “Comedy Club All-Stars.”

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.


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