The former Chicago truck friver and dock worker started his standup career in The Windy City back in 1988. After winning some local comedy competitons Rocky went on to win The Johnnie Walker National Comedy Competiton beating out over 1100 contestants in 10 cities!
Rocky then went on to do numerous television shows like Cheers, Pat Sajak, Comic Strip Live, a CBS pilot titled “The Rocky Laporte Show” and his very own half hour special on Comedy Central.
“Only 16 years of sweat and toil, but who keeps track of that kind of stuff, ” says Rocky. 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.
Rocky Named Comedy Club Comedian of the Year!
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, Rocky’s become a favorite everywhere in the country. Even going 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 also done an enormous amount of charity work for St Jude’s, the N.F.L. Charities, homeless shelters and cancer research as well as Police and Fire Department fundraisers.