Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow’s world-famous Improv Comedy Club at Harrah’s Las Vegas showcases a different marquee of acts each week. Rocky LaPorte takes the stage tonight through Sunday, with supporting acts Pam Mattison and Frazer Smith. Improv shows are at 8:30pm and 10:30pm every Tuesday through Sunday.
The former Chicago truck driver and dock worker started his standup career in The Windy City back in 1988. After winning some local comedy competitions, Rocky went on to win The Johnnie Walker National Comedy Competition beating out over 1,100 contestants in 10 cities! He then went on to do numerous television shows including Cheers, Comic Strip Live and The Rocky LaPorte Show.
Doing the Tonight Show, “Only16 years of sweat and toil, but who keeps track of that kind of stuff?” says Rocky in a recent interview. He mentions that he’s most proud of the fact that he was voted one of the funniest guys in his class at a recent G.E.D. reunion.
At the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Rocky received the “Best Male Club Comedian of the Year” presented by George Wallace and Andy Kindler. 40 of the top comedy clubs around the country were polled for their favorite male and female comedians. Recently Rocky also found out that his “Just for Laughs” set that he performed at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival hosted by the legendary Carl Reiner was being showed on Air Canada flights. Rocky responded by saying ” Man, I’m having a good week!”
With a busy schedule of corporate work and touring major cities, Rocky has become a favorite everywhere in the country. He even traveled overseas last fall to entertain our men and women in bases all over Iraq.
Today, Rocky is one of the most sought after comedians in the country. His clean observations and take on life have made him a favorite in all the top comedy clubs, corporate events and television shows. Rocky’s likeability and every-man style gives him an unparalleled universal appeal that any audience can enjoy and relate to.
Rocky’s opened for the likes of Louie Anderson, Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few. He’s done an enormous amount of charity work as well for St Jude’s for Children, NFL Charities, homeless shelters, cancer research and police and fire department fundraisers.
Tickets are $31.95 (plus applicable taxes) or $44.95 (plus applicable tax/fees) for VIP tickets that include special seating, an Improv t-shirt and post-show meet-and-greet with the comics. Special two-for-one tickets are also available for locals. Tickets are available at Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at www.harrahs.com.
UPCOMING IMPROV ACTS:
- June 2-7: Maryellen Hooper, with supporting acts Marc Price and Kenny Kane
- June 9-14: Allan Havey, with supporting acts Suli McCollough and Brett Walkow
- June 16-21: Alex Reymundo, with supporting acts Jodi Borrello and Greg Brightwell
- June 23-28: Vince Morris, with supporting acts Jackie Kashian and Pete Gray