“I’m on the road a lot and trying to figure out the next step in my career,” says comedian Rocky LaPorte from his home in Chicago. “I’m out there too much.” While he enjoys the intimacy of clubs, he likes the idea of playing small theaters and working his way up to big houses a la Kathleen Madigan, Brian Regan, and Ron White. He features for White about once a month. “You get to a certain point in your career,” he adds, “where those long weeks beat you down. I’ve been doing this for 30 years.” You wouldn’t know that looking at him. “I’m beat to shit,” he admits, laughing. He’s not complaining, though, as he loves being a standup comic. “Before doing comedy I drove semis, loaded and unloaded freight. I felt old at 29,” he says. “My back hurt and I was sore every day.” His dream gig would be a residency in Las Vegas similar to what fellow comic George Wallace has. “Get off the road, park your ass in one spot, and have the people come to you. Nothing wrong with that.” 16+.