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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 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.
At the Las Vegas Comedy Festival Rocky received the "Best Male Club Comedian of the Year " presented by George Wallace and Andy Kindler.
Recently Rocky 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!"
Rocky's become a favorite everywhere in the country and even overseas, where he traveled last fall to entertain our men and women in bases all over Iraq. 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 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.
"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.