Chris Porter and Jodi Bordello to appear this week at the Improv
April 11, 2013
As the trend continues to bring new faces to our room, we've noticed that more and more comics want to get up here which means we're getting booked quicker with each passing year. newbie-to-the-lake Chris Porter I'm assuming is best known for his third-place finish on season four of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," but that's about to change when Porter is launched to a much wider audience. Next week he makes his debut on Showtime with "Tommy Chong Presents Comedy @ 420" featuring some of Tommy's favorite comedians, including Edwin San Juan, Jay Phillips, Eddie fIt and Chris Porter. I love Eddie fIt so this means, odds are, I'll also (eventually) love Chris Porter as well.
Chris Porter has been a touring comic since he was 23 and he's definitely not one to mince words when it comes to what, how and where the funny originates. From seeing some of his YouTube clips, Porter possess a raw energy and an observational slant that's pretty unique. I imagine being born (I almost said, 'bored') and raised in Kansas City, Chris had to create his own means of entertaining himself let alone entertaining others in a controlled environment. He's done OK getting a Comedy Central and Live at Gotham special tacked on to his growing list of credits.
It'll be interesting to see what Chris thinks of a place such as Tahoe but, more importantly, how he does with a slice of America being in a casino environment. Some comics find it a challenge others don't think it ever matters. Funny is funny no matter what venue you play that's why I think Chris Porter is going to be a fine mix up here.
Wow, I looked it up and realized that the last time Jodi Borrello was up here was way back in August of 2006. That was also her first and only time up here in Tahoe. If memory serves I think she was terrific so why then the almost seven years of not returning to Tahoe? Maybe she didn't like us? Nah.
The last time the new Orleans native performed here, Hurricane Katrina devastated her hometown, George Bush was in office and the bubble hadn't yet burst. Jodi's humor kept both her spirits and mind afloat during that horrific time. She immediately volunteered her time assisting in the rebuilding of New Orleans and along the way used comedy to offset the pain. Jodi found herself in the spotlight as an unofficial spokeswoman for her community. She became in-demand on CNN's "Showbiz Tonight" and was often quoted in The New York Times post-Katrina. When she was booked to play our room in Vegas, she turned it into a catalyst of humor: "You'd think the people in Las Vegas would be different than us" she joked, "but they're not. They're all walking around saying, 'I lost everything. I lost the car. I lost the house.'"
In addition to her club and theater work Jodi has made time entertaining our men and women overseas which she considers a vital part of her being a comic. She's good people. Just days ago she emailed me while I was on the radio asking, "Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday — need anything from New Orleans?" When I answered, "gumbo," Jodi replied, "Gumbo? I will try for that request! Ha! I was hoping you'd say candy or something!"
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