Best man for the job is Improv’s LaPorte |

Best man for the job is Improv’s LaPorte

Together again this week at the Improv: Howie Nave, left, Rocky LaPorte and Marc Price.

The headliner at the Improv at Harveys through Sunday, March 6, Rocky LaPorte, was part of the “Godfathers of Comedy Tour,” which has been airing on Showtime. The special has given Rocky yet one more credential to boast about.

Rocky was here in December for my wedding and having him as best man was memorable, to say the least. Poor guy barely made it up here due to the blizzard-like conditions, so hopefully the weather will be more cooperative this week.

Rocky has been all over this country numerous times and has developed quite a following. That culminated in an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” where he received a standing ovation. After that he did several Comedy Central specials and now with the Showtime event things have been going at breakneck speed.

He’s been on the big screen with the Tim Allen remake of the Disney classic, “The Shaggy Dog” and co-starred in Allen’s “Crazy On the Outside” which Tim not only starred but also directed and served as co-producer. The movie also stars Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta and Kelsey Grammer. It’s currently out on DVD. Rocky is working on his own DVD highlighting his stand up performances.

Rocky visits his home back in Chicago where he recharges before heading back out on the road once again. Rock’s done several USO comedy tours in the Middle East one that wound up as a documentary special on Showtime called “Patriot Act.” Other than that, it’s clubs, comedy festivals, shooting television pilots and writing. He’s always writing.

The good news is that Tahoe is kind of like a second home for Rocky. He says it’s one of the few places he gets to relax and actually get some work done. He’ll feel at home this week I’ll make sure if that. I’m going to put him to the test and see if he likes shoveling snow before he decides to make Tahoe a second home.

Marc Price is up here for pretty much one thing: skiing. That’s right you heard me. Skiing. His timing is good because we have enough of the white stuff that could carry us through the beginning of summer.

Marc is one of but a handful of child actors who didn’t snap making the transition from child star to producing shows in his adulthood. Although best known for playing the character of Skippy on the long-running 1980s TV sitcom “Family Ties,” he also starred as a guest actor on “Archie Bunker’s Place” and “One Day At A Time.”

Marc has worked behind the camera, which allowed him more freedom than being in front of it. He produced, wrote and directed 65 episodes of “National Lampoon’s Funny Money” for the Game Show Network, was the executive producer and creator for “Green Collar Comedy” (a one-hour special featuring ‘green’ oriented comedians in an eco-friendly setting) and also co-produced “Comics Unleashed” on The Animal Planet that was hosted by the late Richard Jeni in addition to so many other television programs.

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