May brings big comedy to the Beav’
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Who: Comedian Ralphie May.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
More information: Visit http://www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — “Last Comic Standing” superstar Ralphie May comes to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” May has a proven track record of sellout shows and has released a record-setting four one-hour comedy specials and will be releasing two more this year. Lovable enough to get away with anything, May promises to make you gleefully uncomfortable.
Since his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” audiences can’t get enough of the larger-than-life comedian. He has a no-nonsense point of view and the ability to connect with a diverse audience by pointing out society’s hypocrisies. May doesn’t shy away from touchy topics or ethnic jokes, nor does he bite his tongue when society suggests, because he sincerely believes that as long as what he’s saying is true, people need to hear it.
Born on Feb. 17, 1972, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised in Clarksville, Arkansas, May was one of four kids raised by his single mom. At the age of 17, he won a contest to open for his idol, Sam Kinison. He later moved to Houston to develop his comedy routine, at Kinison’s suggestion.
“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.”
On the small screen, May has worked as a writer and producer on ESPN’s “Mohr Sports” starring Jay Mohr and performed stand-up on numerous late night talk shows, including four appearances on CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” as well as 11 appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He has appeared on “The Man Show” and MTV’s “Bash” as well as guest-starred on NBC’s “Whoopie.”
When not on the road, May divides his time between Nashville and Los Angeles with his wife Lahna, their dog Hoochie Mama and their two children, April June May and August James May. He contributes much of his time and energy to helping others. Since establishing a residence in Nashville, he has been actively involved with the 100 Club of Nashville, various youth organizations and the Humane Society. In addition, he recently released a vintage comedy album recorded in Houston in 1998 and his new line of barbecue sauce called “Fat Baby Jesus.”
Note that this style of comedy is not recommended for children younger than 18 and parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $59.50 and are on sale now at the Vilar Center box office (970-845-8497/www.vilarpac.org).