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Comedy too big to ignore: Ralphie May coming to Beaver Creek Saturday

Comedian Ralphie May performs Saturday at Beaver Creek's Vilar Performing Arts Center.
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If You Go ...

What: Comedian Ralphie May.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $59.50.

More information: For information or to buy tickets, call the Vilar Center box office at 970-845-8497, or go to www.vilarpac.org. May’s style of comedy is not recommended for children under the age of 18.

BEAVER CREEK — Ralphie May laughs big, thinks big, talks big and is big.

May is not larger than life, but he’s just as big.

“This is the real Ralphie May, no fakes, no gimmicks, just straight 400 pounds of sexiness,” he said.

His tour is taking him through Colorado for a few days, and he says he’s happy to be in the home of the Rocky Mountain High. He tends to be open about his occasional marijuana use.

However, it turns out that not everyone is as understanding as we are.

He had a rough patch. A near-death experience with double-pneumonia left him with post traumatic stress disorder, which made it impossible to sleep, which landed him in rehab. And then, he was busted in Guam for pot possession after petting a drug dog at the airport.

Seriously, the comedian petted a drug dog in a foreign airport, when his hands and backpack smelled like dope.

After an 18-hour flight to Guam, he spotted a drug dog and called it over to pet it. His hands smelled like pot, and so did the inside of one of his backpack pockets. He called another dog over, and they were both sitting in front of him, the cue that they had found drugs.

He had been on a plane with Snoop Dogg, and Snoop Dogg gave him the pot — his own special blend, May said. So the comedian insists it was Snoop Dogg’s fault he was busted.

Ralphie’s tale

Born Feb. 17, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised in Clarksville, Arkansas, May was one of four kids raised by his single mom.

He was 17 when he caught the comedy bug in a serious way. He won a contest to open for his idol, Sam Kinison. At Kinison’s suggestion, he later moved to Houston to develop his act. He graduated from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

“All the comics I’ve ever admired, whether it be Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett or Richard Pryor, all share a commonality,” May said. “They’re a tour de force. When they speak, there’s no room for rebuttal. They’ve thought it all out. Even the pros and cons of their argument, they raise openly and debate in the midst of their conversation and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.”

You’ve seen his work on ESPN’s “Mohr Sports” starring Jay Mohr where he was a writer and producer. He’s a late night television regular, including four appearances on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” with Craig Kilborn and 11 appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

He’s one of a handful of comedians to have received a standing ovation on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

He caught a break when he was a finalist on “Last Comic Standing.” He was voted one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch.

He has released four one-hour comedy specials and will be releasing two more this year.

And just to show how well rounded he is, he has his own line of barbecue sauce called “Fat Baby Jesus.” He and his wife, Lahna, have two kids and split their time between Tennessee and Los Angeles. They work with a couple charities in Tennessee.



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