Ralphie May is a family man, but that doesn’t mean his raunchy show is a “family” act.
For the last 25 years, May has made a living by saying what’s on his mind, and despite now being a married guy with two kids, he has no intentions of cleaning up his act.
“I’m too far gone. I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for 25 years. I can’t change now,” May says.
The runner-up of the first season of NBC’s reality competition series “Last Comic Standing” and the star of four comedy specials and counting will bring his wildly inappropriate take on marriage, parenthood, and life’s big questions to the Texas Club on Friday night.
May broke into comedy when, at 17, he got a chance to open for one of his comedy idols, Sam Kinison.
“It was huge. It was scary and huge … I won a contest sponsored by a local radio station to open for Sam Kinison. And we’re in the limo driving over to the venue — it was the first time I’d ever been in a limo, I was a white trash kid raised in Arkansas — and Sam Kinison says, ‘Kid, are you nervous?’ I said no. He said, ‘are you sure? There are 3,500 people out there, and none of them paid to see you.”
May’s unapologetic standup routine is matched by that of his wife, fellow comedian Lahna Turner, who likes to top her repertoire of raunchy jokes with a super-sweet layer of cute and often X-rated songs. May and his wife use each other as ground zero for new jokes, and even go on tours together.
“Oh yeah, we go on tour together all the time. I’m the only comic in the country that brings a headliner to open for him. I’m such an idiot! She goes up there and destroys the audience and I’m like, ‘Aw, ****. Now I gotta work!’ ”
May feels that there are no off-limits subjects when it comes to poking fun at his marriage onstage, and his wife feels the same way.
“I’m sure there’s something out there, but we haven’t found it yet. We make fun of every part of our relationship … but she doesn’t care for some of the stuff that I say she does, even though she does it. But there are times where we get on each other’s nerves because we’re together so much. You know how it is. And she’ll get a lot meaner in her act and it’s hilarious.”
May was once a frequent performer in Baton Rouge and is excited to be back in town, and he’s brought plenty of new material.
“It’s all new. None of it’s been recorded, no one’s seen anything of it, and it’s been a long time coming. I used to come to The Funny Bone, in the early ’90s. I’ve been coming to Baton Rouge for forever, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been there.”
Fame. Fortune. Fatherhood. After all the changes in May’s life since being propelled to the spotlight by his almost-victory on “Last Comic Standing,” he’s still the same dirty-minded comedian he always was, and he’s looking forward to revisiting one of his old haunts.
“I can’t wait to come back to Red Stick. That’s just that. I miss it. It’s a great town.”
Both May and his wife have specials coming out on Aug. 19, and he has signed a deal for two more specials with Netflix. More information about the show can be found at ralphiemay.com.