Comedians Rocky LaPorte and Ron Morey at the Improv this week
Fresh off his killer performance on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” comedian Rocky LaPorte, who performs at the Improv at Harveys this week, has never been more in demand. It’s astounding what a national television show can do to one’s comedy career. After making it to the top five of the show, beating out literally hundreds of worthy comedians, Rocky now has a new management team and thousands of new admirers that have been packing theaters and comedy venues coast to coast.
Even with all of this notoriety, Rocky is still a very down-to-earth guy who’s actually the same off stage as he is on. We try to get Rock up here as much as he is available, but our room can only hold so many. Fortunately there are still enough shows so most everyone can see him this week. I’m happy that he’s been performing at the larger venues, but here you get to see him in a more intimate setting.
Rocky is one of our most requested comics up here and has been branching out and doing a lot of television appearances. He’s been working with some of the “Blue Collar Comedy” dudes, doing a stint with Ron White on Country Music Television.
Although it might seem that his career has been meteoric, it’s been anything but. Oh sure, after “Last Comic Standing” things seemed to accelerate, but actually it’s been more of a steady climb for Rocky. After appearing on the short-lived “Pat Sajack Show” and “Comic Strip Live,” he got a nice shot on “Cheers” before shooting his own television sitcom pilot called, appropriately enough, “The Rocky Laporte Show.” Although the network passed on it (their loss) you can watch the pilot on YouTube. Of course who can forget his debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” when Rocky received a standing ovation? There are so many other shows, but space doesn’t allow me to write all of his credits down.
Rocky has opened for Louie Anderson, Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few. He also does a lot of fundraisers when not on the road and volunteers for a multitude of organizations, including St. Jude’s for Children, various NFL charities, benefits for the homeless and cancer research. Despite all of his recent success Rocky still considers getting his GED his most impressive credit.
Appearing with Rocky at the Improv is Ron “The Monster” Morey. He was given that title years ago by other comics for his rapid-fire delivery and take-no-prisoners persona. Other people have chanted “More Ron, more Ron, more Ron,” which might sound insulting but sounds endearing to Ron. He was mentioned in the Entertainment Business Journal as “A stand out kind of guy” and for good reason. I believe that’s why Ron is one of the few comics that still wears a suit onstage — just in case he’s called to accept another award for his comedy. Ron does a number of celebrity impressions, including two of my favorites: Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. They’re dead on folks.
Ron has worked with D. L. Hughley and has even appeared on the Snoop Dogg MTV show, “DoggyFizzle Televizzle.” That’s right folks. Before Snoop was a lion he was still a dog, and Snoop was looking to cast a nerdy white guy for his music video and stopped immediately once he saw Ron Morey’s audition tape.
Like myself and Rocky, Ron, too, has performed overseas working for the USO in places like Italy, Greece, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait and Germany. Don’t miss this week because it’s rare getting this much quality humor all on the same bill in the same week sharing the same stage.
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