Whether you’re laughing at him or with him, comedian and actor Rob DaRocha is sure to make you laugh your pants off, sometimes literally.
Rob was born in New Orleans, Los Angeles and was raised by a single mom. Contrary to popular belief and unfounded assumptions, he is NOT white. He is actually half El Salvadorian and half Brazilian, which makes for a lethal Latin combo and is often, a hit with the ladies.
Rob is bi-lingual which means that Spanish is his first language and English isn’t. He didn’t know a word of English until he got to the second grade and from watching countless hours of Saturday morning cartoons with Wile E. Coyote being one of his favorites.
Soon after, Rob graduated from Saturday-Morning-Cartoon-Watching to a full-fledged high school student at Notre Dame Private School. Shortly after, he went to San Francisco State University to study film. It was there that he learned that not only does he have the talent to make people laugh their butts off, but more importantly, He is doing EXACTLY what he loves!
While taking acting classes in the evening and auditioning during the day, he become a substitute teacher for 2 yrs and then taught Special Ed for 3 yrs. Around this time is when he started doing stand-up.
He grew up watching Saturday Night Live and the stand-up comedy show Comic Strip Live. Although, his favorite comedic actor is Steve Martin, the following comedians have influenced Rob immensely: Brian Regan, Richard Jeni, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez.
He began his stand-up comedy career in his hometown of Los Angeles and has emerged as a favorite at the Ice House in Pasadena, Laugh Factory both in Los Angeles and in Long Beach, and at the Improv in Los Angeles. He’s also performed in Orange County at various comedy clubs. He was selected to be part of the 2007 Latino Laugh Festival’s Diamonds in the Rough Show featuring top headliner comics such as Carlos Mencia and Johnny Sanchez.
Rob has a very strong stage presence and great comedic timing. He performs all over the Los Angeles and Orange Country area and currently has three national commercials running, so you may have seen him on TV. He shot a sports pilot, Talking Trash, with Greg Wolf, a sports anchorman on Fox Sports One. He was showcased on Byron Allen's Comedy Jam. Recently, he wrote and shot a commercial for NUVO television called "Joe's Couch." He also will be doing standup on a new standup television show on NUVO at the end of 2013.