Comedy at The Improv with Howie Nave: Rocky LaPorte and Ron Morey perform this week at Lake Tahoe
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
It’s good news we were able to slip Rocky LaPorte in before the year closes — and it’s a bonus having Ron Morey back as well. It’s no secret that these two are not only great comics, but are also great friends.
Although a favorite at comedy venues around the country for years, it was NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” that introduced America to LaPorte. The show propelled his career to a higher level of exposure, and his bookings increased substantially — so we’re fortunate to have him up here this week.
LaPorte started out in his native Chicago, honing his craft and slowly building a following (and winning accolades and comedy competitions) along the way. Soon he relocated to Los Angeles, where he quickly made a name for himself with his unique style. LaPorte became a regular headliner and began appearing on the big screen in movies like “The Shaggy Dog” remake and “Crazy on the Outside” (both Tim Allen movies). He was also seen on Showtime’s “The Godfathers of Comedy,” and received a standing ovation his first time on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
What makes LaPorte such a popular act? I think it’s his everyman charm, which makes it easy to connect with him. He has great crossover appeal that audiences and top-notch entertainers (such as blue collar comedian Ron White) appreciate.
If you ask LaPorte what his top accomplishment is, he’ll tell you it was his time performing in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq for our men and women in uniform. When he has time, LaPorte performs for a number of charitable organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, various NFL charities and benefits helping the homeless and cancer research.
Morey is a favorite and does the best Jay Leno impressions I have ever heard — even other comedians who do impressions credit Morey for doing a far better one than they can.
The comedian is a bundle of unbridled energy that commands attention. The last time Morey was here he whipped the audience into a frenzy: When he exited 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.
He’s worked with a lot of well-known entertainers and has the dubious honor of being picked by Snoop Dogg for a video on his MTV show “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.” After the musician came across a headshot and bio of Morey, it is rumored that he thought the comedian would fit the role of a geeky, white guy and said, “Damn! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for,” and gave Morey a call immediately.
It’s great having LaPorte and Morey 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.
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