Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Rocky LaPorte and Ron Morey perform this week at Lake Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
One of comedy’s best pairings is that of Rocky LaPorte and Ron Morey. They not only complement each other very well, but the two are also good friends and hysterical on radio.
I can’t think of another comic who’s worked the road as long as LaPorte has. It’s funny (in a way) that it took being on the road over 27 years before he was introduced to an even larger audience via NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” — some pretty impressive exposure.
LaPorte started out slowly garnering a following in his native Chicago, winning accolades and comedy competitions along the way. Soon he inevitably journeyed to Los Angeles, where he started getting booked for television, motion pictures and some of the biggest rooms in Hollywood. Some of his film work includes the Disney remake of “The Shaggy Dog” and Tim Allen’s movie “Crazy on the Outside,” which co-starred Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta and Kelsey Grammer.
His television appearances include Comedy Central specials, Showtime’s “The Godfathers of Comedy,” A&E‘s “An Evening At The Improv” and VH1‘s “Stand-Up Spotlight.” The comedian received a standing ovation his first time on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and also has crossover appeal: Blue collar comedian Ron White invited LaPorte to perform on a Country Music Television segment, which led to even more television appearances.
If you ask him where the most memorable place he’s ever performed is, LaPorte will tell you the time spent in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq performing for our men and women in uniform. One of his trips overseas included traveling with Drew Carey to Iraq and was chronicled in a documentary that aired as a Showtime special called “Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie.”
When he has time, LaPorte performs for countless charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, various NFL charities, and benefits for the homeless and cancer research. Of all his accomplishments, LaPorte’s most impressive credit is receiving his G.E.D. in New York City.
Of all the credits Morey has, my favorite involves musician Snoop Dogg looking for a real geeky, white guy for one of his videos on the Snoop Dogg MTV show “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.” After Snoop came across a headshot and bio of Morey, it is rumored that he said, “Damn! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for,” and searched no further.
Morey is a bundle of unbridled energy that commands attention and is infectious. He has been known to whip an audience into a frenzy, which was evidenced the last time he was here: After Morey left the stage the audience started chanting, “MORE RON, MORE RON, MORE RON, MORON, MORON,” which is a testament to the power of Ron “The Monster” Morey.
The comedian has worked with many well-known entertainers and has the dubious honor of being mentioned as a “stand-out kind of guy.” He does in fact stand out, as he’s one of a few comics that still wears a three-piece suit onstage (he’s old school classy that way).
There are many things to appreciate when working with a comedian the caliber of Ron Morey, one of them being he’s just as hilarious off stage as he is on. Morey is a natural for radio with his numerous voices and does killer Johnny Carson and Jay Leno impressions.
It’s great having both Morey and LaPorte here — they’re like two bookends that balance each other out.
The Improv at Harveys takes place Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9 p.m. Two shows are held on Saturdays at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.harveystahoe.com.