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Upcoming comedy shows on South Shore

Howie Nave
Special to Lake Tahoe Action

The Improv: Bobby Collins

Comedian Bobby Collins returns to The Improv mainly to go skiing — he likes coming up during the winter to hit the slopes. Named after his father's favorite comedian, Bob Hope, Collins told me that he had never met his namesake before: "When I was appearing in Philadelphia for the first time, a newspaper reporter from New York City caught my act and liked it so much he put me on the cover of the paper's weekend section. Lost in the cover's corner was a tiny picture of Bob Hope. While I was visiting with friends at the club a black limousine pulled up and the driver handed me a manila envelope. There was a signed photo of Bob Hope inside along with a handwritten note saying, 'How dare you get top billing on a weekend' with a happy face drawn at the bottom."

Collins was nominated for a Cable ACE Award and the American Comedy Awards' Stand-up Comic of the Year — and the comedian recently appeared on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." He also has six CDs out, one of which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as a DVD that captures the best of his stand-up. The performer also appeared in five feature films and numerous other television shows — and he's an author too. His book, "Bobby Collins On the Inside: Witisms and Wisdomisms" is full of relatable topics, which is the essence of good comedy.

The Improv: Michael Blaustein

Michael Blaustein hadn't planned on being a comic — he initially wanted to be a stage actor and do movies. It was while in New York City that Blaustein gave stand-up a try and found out he had a knack for it. I think hearing the roar of laughter was invigorating and he realized he was just as good at making people laugh as he was at acting.

Blaustein's acting chops got him lead roles in feature films and appearances on MTV's "Punk'd," the national College Humor Comedy Tour and Comedy Central's On Campus Tour. The performer also completed a run in the Off-Broadway play "Love Hurts."

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The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 9 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.

Coming Soon: Reggie Brown

Comedian Reggie Brown is one of the premier Barack Obama impersonators — and he's coming to South Shore next week.

Back in 2007 Chicago comedian Reggie Brown was just another comic working the road, developing his act and trying to make a name for himself. Looking back he remembers people telling him he bore resemblance to then-Senator Barack Obama. He didn't see it, but others did.

When Obama became the 44th president of the United States, Brown's transformation got noticed. His break came when he was the subject of a national controversy in June 2011: He punked members of the Republican Leadership Conference on C-SPAN as he pretended to be Obama before he was cut off mid-sentence by Conference Chairman Charlie Davis. Members of that conference vowed to ruin Brown's career, but it backfired after comedian Bill Maher got a copy of the tape and invited him on his HBO show to finish his act.

Brown will spar with President Trump impersonator Bob DiBuono at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa over President's Day Weekend on Sunday, Feb. 18, in what has been billed as a Comedy Smackdown — and I'll be moderating the debate.