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Ralphie May at The Paramount!

January 11, 2011

Outback Concerts presents Ralphie May at the Paramount Center in Downtown Bristol TN on January 13th at 7:30PM. Tickets are $29.50 and can be purchased by calling the Paramount Box office 423-274-8920 or on-line www.etix.com

He was once the 800-pound comic. After gastric-bypass surgery, a little stint on the reality show "Celebrity Fit Club" and another 100-pound weight loss on his own, Ralphie May — at 392 pounds — would like to get beyond the "fat guy" persona. "As I lose weight, it just conditions the audience to go, 'Oh, he's still fat, but he's not huge.' I've lost a whole fat man, but I'm still fat," he said in a phone interview on a break from his comedy tour in Jacksonville, Fla.

"I just can't wait to lose another 100 pounds when I'm not just a spectacle."
May, who tours constantly, has not let his weight slow him down. He's enjoying the success of his new CD, "Prime Cut" (released in November), which he expects to become his third straight platinum-selling album by the summer. He's also gearing up for his fourth CD/DVD, to be taped in Austin, Texas, on May 10.
In preparation for that DVD, he's staying busy on the road. The Hollywood Hills resident returns "home" this weekend with a four-night stand at the Ontario Improv, beginning tonight.

"I'm honing it down, and it's getting really sharp," he said of his new act. "I'm doing a special in less than a month, and because of that, every time I perform, there's no slack. I'm going to hit you over the head with every joke I've got for the next hour and a half. It's just joke, joke, joke, joke. I'll make you hurt."

One word of warning: If the last time you saw May perform was on the first season of the NBC reality show "Last Comic Standing," note that his act is no longer the cleaned-up version from the TV show. Expect an R-rated performance, with liberal usage of profanity.
The racy tone of his show is a far cry from May's real-life persona, he admits. His wife, comedian Lahna Turner, gave birth to daughter April June May in September. He said when naming their baby, the couple wanted a name you'd remember.
"Try to forget it. Bet you can't," he said. "My wife and I both have interesting names. We've always benefited from having memorable names. There's only one Ralphie." With a family and career both taking off, May says life has never been better. "I'm doing everything that I ever wanted," he said. "It's strange. I'm a very happy comedian. I'm so happy. My biggest gripe is that I have to sleep in a luxury bed other than my own four nights a week.