Rick Ramos: The stories have been told with only a modicum of truth. The women, the drinking, friendships severed and lost. The facts are much more frightening. Born to a family of half-crazed 3rd generation Mexican-Americans, Rick Ramos never had a chance. Growing up with a loving, caring mother means very little when your father is a thirty-five year veteran of the United States Postal Service (some say he’s practically all heart), but through it all Ramos fought to establish himself as his own man. Standing in the shadow of the “Greatest Asshole the World Has Ever Known”, Ramos knew that it was vital to forge his own way in the world.
After years of studying the greats - Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Paul Mooney, and Richard Pryor - Ramos saw the writing on the wall and dove headfirst into the world of stand-up comedy. After swimming in the sea of shit that is Los Angeles, Ramos finally broke through the Hollywood comedy scene, working regularly at the Hollywood Improv, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store. In 2006 he taped a segment for the Payaso Comedy Slam which later aired on both the Showtime Network and Comedy Central to great acclaim.
Ramos is currently expanding his talents to include acting - studying at The Actor’s Menu Workshop with Bill Howey. It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll, but Ramos knows that there is no success without struggle. In the immortal words of his literary hero Charles Bukowski,
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. (If not your favorite cartoon, insert favorite cartoon)
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. (Might want to take this out all together since you’re already talking about stand-up comedy)
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 two national commercials running, so you may have seen him on TV. Recently he shot a sports pilot, Talking Trash, with Greg Wolf, a sports anchorman on Fox Sports West.