A funny thing happened to comedian Rocky LaPorte the last time he was in Minneapolis. His friend Tom Bernard invited him to dinner with mutual friend and Minnesota native Louie Anderson. "I had a show that night," explains LaPorte, "and Louie's friend was supposed to come back and get us in his cab and take me back to the club." By 7:30 p.m., Rocky was sweating because the show started at 8 p.m. and there was no cab. "As we're all talking out on the street, these two people come out. They're from a small town in Montana. They asked Louie, 'Can we get a picture with you?' and Louie said, 'Can we get a ride?'" They ended up giving LaPorte a lift to his hotel for a quick change, and then on to the club. "These two people are like, 'We have Louie Anderson in our car!' It was really funny, and they had a good story to take back to Montana." LaPorte has done some homework since his last visit. "Did you know the Mall of America, where Rick Bronson's House of Comedy is, is visited by more people than the Grand Canyon?" Such are the fun facts one collects as a headlining comedian. Indeed, LaPorte enjoys a nice variety of work. "I've had a great ride," he says. "I've been in a couple of movies, shot my own pilot for CBS, and I do corporate. I was just up in Washington state where I did a military base." He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and his beloved hometown, Chicago. He feels that his hometown roots are key to his wide appeal. "[My standup] is just regular stuff that everybody deals with every day, and that everyone can relate to — young, old, rich, poor." 18+; 21+ later shows.
Sept. 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 13, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 14, 9:30 p.m.; Sept. 14-15, 7 p.m., 2013
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