‘Top Hooker’ cast member to appear at Morty’s

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By Dawn Pearson

Collier

Collier

As one of Animal Planet’s cast members on the reality show ‘Top Hooker,” Reno Collier not only baits the hook, he also fishes for laughs.

The standup comedian and actor from West Virginia, who started his career as a physical education teacher, will be performing on stage at Morty’s Comedy Club May 22 through May 24.

Collier will be looking for laughs through his observations recalling mishaps of his West Virginia cousins, his Scottish heritage, unruly in-laws and alien abductions.

Current in Carmel spoke with Collier about his work, life and upcoming projects.

Current: Is Reno your real name and what have your parents told you about why they named you Reno?

Collier: Yes, Reno is my real name. I’m named after my great-grandfather. In third grade some dyslexic kid figured out how to put how to put a “B” at the end of it and spell it backwards, so I was “Boner” for like five years.

Current: Tell us what makes Reno Collier laugh.

Collier: The stuff that really makes me laugh? Are true stories and just being really silly. I watch the movies my kids like and laugh like an 8-year-old. To me, “Dumber and Dumber,” “Caddyshack” and “Blazing Saddles” are the funniest movies of all time.

Current: And who makes you laugh?

Collier: I obviously have to say Larry the Cable Guy because if I don’t he said he’ll fire me. I really like Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, but I’m a fan of a lot of people.

Current: What is the one topic you won’t touch in your show?

Collier: I’m really not all that dirty and only talk about real life stuff, so I guess just not using the Lord’s name in vain.

Current: Tell us about “Top Hooker,” and how long have you been a fisherman. What’s the best catch you made on the show?

Collier: The show was filmed last summer for Animal Planet, “Top Hooker,” and it’s not what you think. It was an extreme fishing show. I really had a good time doing it. The best catch I made on the show was probably the college intern who was my assistant. Or do you mean fish? I guess that would be the sharks I caught.

Current: When did you realize that you were a funny, funny man?

Collier: Probably when my parents sent me to military school.

Current: In addition to your tour and “Top Hooker,” what other projects do you have in the works?

Collier: I just finished filming “Jingle All the Way 2” in Vancouver. It is going to be really funny. My kids are really pumped for it.

Current: What is the one thing you are most proud of in your work and one that you wish you could forget?

Collier: I am the most proud of doing USO tours overseas. I wish I could forget doing interviews. 😉

Current: What can people expect from your show at Morty’s?

Collier: All I care about is people coming out and having a good time.

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