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Ralphie May 

Monday, May 24 - Tuesday, May 25

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Comedian Ralphie May might not have widespread name recognition, but his presence is completely unforgettable. Standing at 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighing close to 400 pounds, he’s definitely a force to be reckoned with onstage. Ralphie is a Southerner to the core, with a drawl and attitude that become instantly endearing.

His first experience with stand-up was prophetic, to say the least. At age 17, Ralphie entered a talent show; the winner got to open for Sam Kinison. He won the contest, and after the show, Kinison turned to him and said, “That was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

You might think he spends most of his act on self-deprecating fat jokes. While he has plenty of those, it’s his ability to see past all the meaningless political correctness in the world and make very true and hilarious jokes about anyone and everyone that makes people appreciate how funny and talented May is.

Ralphie May @ Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South, 801-463-2909, May 24 & 25, 7 p.m., $20. WiseguysComedy.com

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