The humor won’t ‘Cease’ the Improv at Harveys |

The humor won’t ‘Cease’ the Improv at Harveys

Howie Nave
Kyle Cease performs through Sunday at Harveys Improv

We got him last minute. Kyle Cease, one of the most in-demand young comics touring today, will make his debut at Lake Tahoe this week through Sunday in the Improv at Harveys Resort and Casino. Nightly showtime is 9 p.m. except on Saturday when there are 8 and 10 p.m. shows.

Kyle dodged the wet weather we’ve been having for months so he gets to experience Tahoe in a most beautiful and hospitable way. I’ve seen Kyle on Comedy Central but never in person. Kyle sold out more than 200 shows last year and will easily beat that mark this year.

His Comedy Central special, “Kyle Cease: Weirder, Blacker, Dimpler,” first aired a few years ago to very high ratings, which explains why I was able to catch it late last year as a rerun. That special was an hour long. His first half-hour special, “Comedy Central Presents Kyle Cease,” was the most popular half-hour special on Comedy Central in 2006. The same year his CD/DVD “One Dimple” was one of Comedy Central Records highest debuting releases. And if that wasn’t enough he won the 2009 Comedy Central Stand-Up Showdown, competing against the 100 best comics in the business.

Kyle also has been in a number of feature-length movies. I didn’t realize that Kyle was the guy who played “slow clapper” in “Not Another Teen Movie.” He also played Bogey Lowenstein in “10 Things I Hate About You.” Cease also has numerous television and radio appearances amongst his many credits. He’s a frequent guest on “Bob and Tom” and has appeared on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Martin Short Show” and has performed in several national commercials.

Kyle has so many awards I don’t have the space to list them, but when you consider he started his comedy career in his teens it was just inevitable. By the age of 21 he had toured nationally and won the International Giggles Comedy Competition, placed in the finals of the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition, and completed his first major movie role. Not bad.

Kyle has a great outlook on life and it shows in his standup. I just hope he can squeeze us into his schedule for next year as he’s completely booked the rest of this year!

I call Frazer Smith “Mr. FM Radio Voice” because he’s got that classic (just like the rock he used to play), well-toned voice that has served him well for years in Southern California.

Frazer is one of Los Angeles’ best known radio personalities and pound-for-pound the best one-liner comic working in the country today. Fortunately for us, he’s really funny and not some run-of-the-mill wanna-be comic like so many radio jocks are. I’ll never sound as polished as a Frazer but we do share a lot in common considering many of our guests are comedians when it comes to radio.

He has interviewed everyone from comics to athletes to big celebrities. Frazer has also performed with many of the acts he’s also interviewed. This is his second time back in over five years so it’s going to be a lovely week working with him.

His show, “The Green Room,” airs on All Comedy Radio which can b heard in more than 160 markets. Frazer is no stranger to live comedy and his interviewing style is synonymous with the likes of Carson, Leno and Letterman.

Frazer is also an accomplished writer with several projects being considered for development. He had his own show on NBC. “Rock In America,” was a late night show that aired after “Saturday Night Live” during its heyday. Frazer also was host of the show that was “…ahead of it’s time.” And just think he can now add his appearance on my little radio show as a bona fide credit. No, no Frazer you don’t have to thank me. Not now, at least.

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