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R.I.P. Ralphie May.

As an amateur stand up comic, watching stand up specials, going to stand up shows, and introducing myself to comedians I never knew of, Ralphie May was one of the biggest surprises I could have received.  I don’t mean biggest as in his weight, I mean that Ralphie May’s comedy as a southern, caucasian, 40-something comic was extremely relatable, true to life, and over all hilarious.  Today, October 6th, died of cardiac arrest after battling pneumonia for several weeks on October 6, 2017 at the age of 45.  The comic community is undoubtedly saddened by this, as am I.  Rest In Peace Ralphie.  (You can catch some of his specials on Netflix, and I’m sure more will be out soon, giving his passing.)

Just a little bit about him… Ralphie was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but raised in Clarksville, Arkansas. At age 16, he broke 42 bones in his body in an automobile accident. When he was 17 he won a contest to open for comedian Sam Kinison, whom he considered his idol.  Kinison suggested that May move to Houston, Texas to further develop his comedy routine. May graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment, and as those of us in the comedy community know, was QUITE successful.

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