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Ralphie May 'too big to ignore' at Ohio Theatre

September 13, 2013


Sept. 13--LIMA -- The Ohio Theatre will be getting a little rowdy, with internationally known comedian Ralphie May bringing in his trademark, laugh-out-loud comedy to the historic nightclub on Wednesday.

"My fans, they love me," he said. "They're a great audience. It makes it so much easier on you as a performer to have an audience like I have."

Although May rose to fame in 2003's inaugural season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," his career has actually spanned almost 25 years.

"I got started at 17," he said. "I won a stand-up comedy contest. After I moved to Houston, my comedy exploded. And then I went to Los Angeles and it exploded out there as well."

After competing in "Last Comic Standing," however, May's comedy career went to another level.

"It was 0 to 1,000 miles per hour," he said. "It was crazy. You go from being a great act in Los Angeles to being recognized around the country and around the world."

May's success and notoriety have taken him from coast to coast and even around the globe, performing for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also recorded several specials for Comedy Central, including his latest project, "Too Big to Ignore," released last year.

For an act that big, comedy lovers in Lima are getting a real treat.

"This ticket in Vegas is more than twice the price," May said. "So you come to a place like this and you get a discount price."

May also assured fans that they will be getting the most for their money at this show.

"I'm a dirty, filthy animal," he said, "but most stand up comics do 45 minutes to an hour. I do an hour and 45 minutes. I try to give my audience twice as much time as every other comedian, and two or three times the laughter."


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