Went to the Mayne Stage Saturday night in rogers park to see Rocky Laporte. I had never heard of the guy so I was a bit dubious, but I gotta say he was very funny.
He's definitely channeling the ghost of Lou Costello and has got the "I'm just a simple Italian guy" routine down pat. But don't let that fool you, the man is a polished professional with quite a repertoire of family friendly material. He worked the Chicago crowd like a pro, cracked some improvised jokes, handled some light heckling and kept the set moving at a tight pace.
The small crowd seemed more then satisfied and he was nice enough to take pics with whoever asked. The drinks are surprisingly affordable ($3 PBR) and the staff was friendly and attentive. No drink minimum and I hear the food is superb. And the theater? Forget about it. Plush luxurious booths, dark wood paneling, top notch sound and lights, not a bad seat in the house a decent place for comedy despite the far north address.
James Allen Kamp