Wind blows ‘Chicago Steve’ onto Tahoe’s North Shore
Tuesday’s “Tahoe Comedy North” features headliner “Chicago Steve” Barkley, with Ross Turner and host Grant Lyon.
Barkley is a 27-year veteran of stage and screen, a high-energy comedian who brings an array of accents, along with a twisted sense of humor.
He headlines comedy clubs all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico – and even Guam. He’s appeared on “Showtime” five times, as well as “Evening at the Improv,” ABC’s “Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders,” and was a $10,000 winner on “America’s Funniest People.”
He has opened for Greg Allman, Michael Bolton, Bobbie Brown, Ray Charles, David Crosby, the Doobie Brothers, the Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, George Jones, Gladys Knight, Kenny Loggins, Ronnie Milsap, Keb’ Mo’, Maria Muldaure, Juice Newton, Smokey Robinson, Leon Russell and Neil Young.
He has worked with such comics as Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopie Goldberg, Gary Shandling, Kevin Pollak and Dana Carvey – even Sid Caesar, Milton Berle and Danny Thomas.
The other Mr. T
“Mr.” Turner studied acting at New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he discovered that putting “Mr.” before his name gave him a great deal of credibility. Founded in 1883, the American Academy is the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world and the finest institution from which Mr. Turner has ever dropped out.
In 1992, after years of stage acting, commercial, film and voiceover work, Ross began writing comedy professionally for radio, Web sites, graphic novels, and comic books. By combining his stage and writing experience, it was only a short jump to performing comedy. The press has described Ross as “a nimble wit … biting and quirky” and “Woody Allen-esque.”
Ross performs across the United States and has shared the stage with Carvey, Sue Murphy, Bobby Slayton, Robert Schimmel, and John Heffron and Dat Phan of “Last Comic Standing.” When his agent can’t pull in the favors necessary to get him club gigs, Ross tears it up at corporate events for such Fortune 500 companies as Comcast, Cisco Systems, and 7-Eleven. He is also the producer of the successful “Comedy Workout” and “4 Over Forty” tours.
A talented storyteller and mimic, Ross brings an often bizarre point of view to his stand-up comedy. He is an observational comedian, but he finds humor in the everyday events that only exist in his mind.
Always clean and original, Ross uncovers the humor in such diverse subjects as people who talk to their pets, and open marriage and vegetarianism, which make him a favorite of vegan polygamist dog groomers everywhere.
Although descended from German nobility (his mother is an actual baroness), Ross never expects his audience to curtsy or bow, but has no problem with genuflection. If you speak to Ross after the show, please do not meet his gaze.
Comedian coming from sixth-grade state of mind
Oscillating between hyperactivity and a laid-back surfer attitude, Grant Lyon reveals his sixth-grade personality on the stage. Growing up in a strict household with a large group of siblings who are brilliant, talented and great big show-offs, Grant discovered he could seek refuge in silliness. His skills, mired in his drive to be the center of attention, now enable Lyon to share the tales of his short life in his refreshingly unique voice.
Though barely an adult, Grant has been around. He grew up in Los Angeles, moved to Chicago, came back to Sacramento and ended up in Santa Cruz. Moving forced him to be outgoing and make friends easily, and now those experiences help him make friends with every audience. He discovered stand-up while playing soccer at UC-Santa Cruz, and unfortunately for his soccer coach, the passion of his life changed.
Multitasking between college, sports, girls and living on his own gives Lyon more than enough material to keep audiences from all over captivated and coming back for more.
Tahoe Comedy North
Where: Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room
Date: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
Cover charge: $10 in advance, $15 on the day of the show
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