“When you’re younger,” says comedian Rocky LaPorte, “you and your friends are talking about hot rods and girls, but now I’m talking about what kind of pudding you get after hernia surgery. Your world changes. You talk about stuff that hurts, and going to the doctor, because that’s your world.” A skilled and accomplished joke writer, LaPorte’s not just an old guy talking about old-guy stuff. “I still talk about meeting stupid people on the street, the dumb stuff we do, you know, life.” LaPorte is a true road warrior. But constant travel can be a grind. “I’m on the road for three weeks, and I come home and I have three weeks of mail, I have to mow the lawn, and my air conditioning broke, so I’ve got to get that fixed.” Then it’s right back out to Connecticut before heading to the Twin Cities. But that’s what successful headliners have to do, and audiences love LaPorte.