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Ralphie May in the flesh


Not everyone loves stand-up comic, Ralphie May, an obese, often foul-mouthed white man full of black-man smack talk — who also happens to be married to a Jewish woman.

But I do.

Here’s why Ralphie May’s going to outlast the current crew of 40-something-year-olds trying to stay on the road, stay on the stage and stay on our entertainment radar: He’s not what he appears to be, and he’s smart and dead-on accurate (think Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Bill Burr.)

People often don’t want to hear R- and (sometimes) X-rated verbiage spewing from an overweight, some might say slob-of-a-guy. What happens with May is that his insights are so keen, he’s so self-aware, and his wit is so quick and cutting, you forget the exterior caught up in his brilliant brain interior.

May was selected to participate in the first season of Last Comic Standing in 2003. He went on to place second in the competition and after that, appeared in many the comedy show, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

May was the only white to perform on The Big Black Comedy Show in 2005 and, in that same year, he released Just Correct, his comedy album. He’s gone on to record four Comedy Central specials, including Birth of a Nation, Prime Cut, Austin-tatious and Too Big to Ignore. He also appeared in movies, including For Da Love of Money.

May’s got street cred, but he’s also got a work ethic, the ability to continually write and perform new material, and a way of looking at the world and at life that we all can relate to.

He may just use a cuss word or two to do it.

Ralphie May will be at the Landmark DTC Comedy works, Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 22. He’s got a slew of shows that are selling out fast — go to Comedy Works for tickets

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Cathie Beck
Cathie Beck has more than 20 years' experience writing about food and wine. Her food, restaurant and wine criticism and features have appeared in The Boulder Daily Camera, The Boulder Planet and The Denver Post, among other publications. Her “Wine Wench” column has appeared in ColoradoBiz and live on KUVO (89.3 FM) radio. Her memoir, Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship, has been optioned for a movie.

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