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Rocky LaPorte, via website

Rocky LaPorte drops the mic at midnight this NYE

The Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy pre-show Q-and-A series give you 10 questions of insight into your favorite comedians’ minds.

You may have seen (or heard) Rocky LaPorte all over your television this year — that Brooklyn accent on a former Chicago truck driver, dock worker and self-described boxing and athletically skilled comedian who made the Top 5 on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2014. (He also won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival’s “Stand Up of the Year” award.) The comedian, who has toured with Drew Carey and opened for Tim Allen, has also opened for Hootie and the Blowfish (we’re curious, too).
Good luck getting tickets to LaPorte’s New Year’s Eve shows — both are sold out. Don’t despair, though, LaPorte has shows Thursday, Jan. 1, through Sunday, Jan. 4 at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. Showtimes vary between 7 and 9:45 p.m. Ticket prices vary between $18 and $24. For more information, or to buy tickets visit the venue’s website.

When was the moment you realized you wanted to be a comedian? 

Probably when I was about 8 and was making some relatives laugh really hard, I thought to myself, “What a great thing to possess. It felt like I was doing magic.”

What was your best (or most embarrassing) moment on stage? 

Just a few days ago, it was my son’s first time he saw me perform. He was too young to get into clubs and went into the Army at 18 , served in Iraq and now he’s 22 and he saw me on the “Last Comic Standing” tour and it was just a great audience and I had a great set and it made us both so happy. I’m very proud of him.

What’s one thing you want people to know about doing stand-up that nobody has ever asked you? 

How hard it is and the sacrifices you have to make.

Who is your comedic inspiration? 

I grew up liking Rodney Dangerfield,  Carlin, Cosby and Pryor. The classics,  I guess.

What’s one thing you wished someone had told you about stand-up? 

See No. 3

What’s one item you never hit the road without? 

My mind. I’ve lost in a few times. Probably after all the essentials — toothpaste,  tooth brush, etc. — I would say my Kindle.  I love to read.

What is your favorite city to perform in and why? 

Not sure if I have a favorite city; each one has something you love about it. New Orleans has great food. Cleveland has the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Chicago is my hometown — and the pizza.  I love Lake Tahoe for its beauty, the weather in California and the pretty girls down South and just about everywhere you go there’s just some really great people and great stuff about each city. I love working up in Canada, too, great peeps. And doing shows overseas for the troops.

Describe yourself in three words: 

Kind, funny and probably tortured.

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it? 

With my kids and grandkids. Their the loves of my life and bring me such joy.

What did you do the last time you were in Phoenix?

I stayed in the air conditioned room. It was like 9,000 degrees. Kidding. I enjoyed working there very much and went to Camelback Mountain.

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Things to Do This Week

Spring has arrived, the colleges let out for spring break, and you’re trying to find something fun to do. Here are some events that are sure to bring a spring to your step this weekend. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Arizona Aloha Festival @ Tempe Beach Park
Feel the chill vibes and laid back lifestyle of Hawaii this Saturday and Sunday at the free 20th Anniversary Arizona Aloha Festival. There will be hula dancing, food and good times this weekend so be ready to throw on a lei and breakout your favorite Hawaiian shirt without getting flack from your kids.

My Nana’s Salsa Challenge @ Steele Indian School Park
Gear your taste buds up for some zest and kick this Saturday with the 30th annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge. It’s the largest fundraiser for the Arizona Hemophilia Association, bringing in more than 20,000 people last year. Get ready to taste the hottest salsa as numerous businesses and restaurants compete to beat the original family recipe.

Ahwatukee Chili Cookoff and Carnival @ Ahwatukee Park
Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, this cookoff and carnival has it all. There are rides, games, music and bowls and bowls of chili. Make sure to bring your own thermos of milk, just in case.

Chandler Ostrich Festival @ 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Chandler, Arizona
A truly unique event, the 26th annual Ostrich Festival is back this weekend. Watch people race their ostriches either bare-back or with a chariot. You can even munch on a bit of ostrich while you do it…

Drew Carey @ Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

“Cleveland Rocks!” is sure to bring back more than a few memories as Drew Carey is coming to Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre this Saturday for a show that will leave your sides split. Enjoy “The Price Is Right” host as he puts down the oblong shaped microphone for a much more normal one at Tempe Improv.

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Come on Doooooowwwn! The Price is Right…Here!

Get ready to bid your highest (remember – just a $1 more!) and wear matching t-shirts because The Price Is Right Live Stage Show is coming on down to town at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 14 at Comerica Theatre.

We do miss Bob Barker, but the game is still fun and so is Drew Carey. Here is your chance to FINALLY prove your Plinko expertise and know that behind that Showcase is the oak bedroom set you’ve always wanted.

The Price Is Right Live! – the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to “Come On Down” to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games – is television’s longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.  Playing to near sold out audiences for nearly nine years, The Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.

If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. next Monday, July 22.  Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, ComericaTheatre.com, Ticketmaster Outlets, the box office or call 602-379-2888 and press 2.  All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and fees.  Dates and times are subject to change without notice.

The Price Is Right is produced by FremantleMedia North America and licensed by FremantleMedia International.

*Open to legal residents of 50 United States (excluding New York, Florida & Rhode Island), 18 years or older. Ticket purchase will not increase your chances of being selected to play. To register for chance to be a contestant, visit registration area at or near the venue box office three hours prior to show time at 8 p.m.  For complete rules & regulations, including eligibility requirements, visit or call the venue box office at 602-379-2888 and press 2. To enter theater to watch show, a ticket purchase is required. Sponsored by Good Games Live, Inc.  Void where prohibited. Price is Right Live™/© 2013 FremantleMedia. All Rights Reserved.