Bringing in the New Year is always fun, but this time it’ll be even better! Why? Because it falls on one of the days that we are off. Happy 2013, folks! Leading up to New Year’s at Harveys’ Improv is Rondell Sheridan. Fans of Disney or family fare might recognize his name because he was for years a regular on Disney’s “That’s So Raven,” “Cory in the House” and the Nickelodeon series “Cousin Skeeter.”Don’t let the squeaky clean characters fool you. On stage at a comedy club, let’s just say that Rondell isn’t for the kiddies. Sorry, mom and dad, but once in a while one just has to cut loose, you know? Let’s not forget that Rondell had a life long before Disney came a calling. With a career that spans 35 years, Rondell spent many of them on the road as a standup comedian. He worked his way up the late night ladder, appearing on “The Tonight Show” with both Jay Leno and Johnny Carson, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” countless comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Those are just some of Rondell’s late night credits on the small screen. Other, more prime-time shows include co-hosting “Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus” and hosting the syndicated series “That’s Funny” and “Show Me The Funny.” For a guy who has the most pleasant image and demeanor on TV, it’s ironic because Rondell grew up on the tough streets of Chicago’s South Side. He learned humor was the best way to keep others from bullying him. It also a way of to make friends.Rondell attended Marquette University in Milwaukee as an Interpersonal Communications major with a minor in advertising, and then attended the prestigious New York acting school Circle in the Square. This rounded out Rondell’s theater experience performing in repertory work, regional theater and off-Broadway productions. Comedy was a natural progression because, as Rondell puts it, “I’ve always gravitated toward storytelling, and with the early inspiration of such comedic storytellers as Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Bill Cosby, I knew that I had made the right choice, and I always wanted an occupation that made sense for me.” Well, it’s obvious he made the right decision. He is working on a killer screenplay and I hope he puts himself in as the starring role.
Not too many comedians wear a suit on stage anymore.The dapper Ron Morey likes to because it’s a throwback to an era when entertainers looked sharp on stageBut Ron is more than what one would refer to as an old-school comedian. It masks what you think is going to be coming from him, if that makes any sense. Yes, Ron is wacky, I’ll give you that. He has this sort of channeled, energetic aura which carries out into the audience. You find yourself laughing at him (with him, I mean) even before he’s launched into his routine (and he is anything but routine). Many comedians have credits showing what they’ve done like the making the late night talk show rounds, but Ron has some of the more unusual credits. His style of delivery was nominated by the Entertainment Business Journal for its particular uniqueness. And Morey appeared on Snoop Dogg’s MTV show “DoggyFizzle Televizzle.” Turns out that Snoop was looking for a stereotypical white guy and Ron, complete with suit and exaggerated nerdness, caught Snoop’s eye. On more “traditional” television shows, Ron has been on NFL Films, PBS and A&E. Ron is just as funny off-stage as he is on. He will sometime break out in celebrity voices, doing the most dead-on impersonations of Carson and Leno I’ve ever heard. He has opened for such diverse acts as George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Ellen DeGeneres and D. L. Hughley. Ron, too, has performed overseas working for the USO in places such as Italy, Greece, Bahrain, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait and Germany.