Comedian extraordinaire Ralphie May is in studio, and talks with Adam about touring stand-up all over the country, up to four shows in a single night. They talk about the logistics of how comedy clubs make money, and also the difficulties of spreading your name around if you don’t do film and TV. Ralphie talks about his Comedy Central special, and also jumps back to the huge car accident that once left him in a drug-induced coma for nine days.
Adam wants to hear more about Ralphie’s journey, and finds out that Ralphie had done stand-up even as a kid. Ralphie talks about the comedians that inspired him, and Adam brings up the importance of repetition. As a kid, there weren’t a lot of other ways to stay entertained, so everyone would tape and re-watch their favorite bits. They say kids today won’t ever have to do that. Adam also talks about doing the long snap for his high school football team, and the difficulties of giving advice to Jimmy’s son who does the same thing.
Ralphie talks a bit more about how his brother kicked the shit out of him, and once again put him in the hospital. Adam finds out more details from Ralphie’s recovery, and learns about how he attended college and high school at the same time, all while performing stand-up. Ralphie tells an amazing story about winning an open mic night at Shakey’s Pizza, and getting a chance to open for his idol, Sam Kinison.
Adam and Ralphie talk about being radio geeks, and Ralphie says he loves Howard Stern. Finally, Adam asks Ralphie about his health now that he has kids, but Ralphie says he’s grateful to not have signs of high blood pressure or diabetes despite his weight. They wrap up the show talking about exercise, Pilates, his gastric bypass surgery, and Ralphie’s relationship with his wife.
To find out all the upcoming touring dates, visit www.ralphiemay.com
Also check out today’s Stitcher extra content, where Adam reveals his top football picks for this weekend’s games.
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Executive Producer: Donny Misraje
Producers: Mike Dawson & Mike Lynch
Audio: Mike Dawson
Writer: Mike Lynch
Production Engineer: Katie Levine
Search: Katie Levine
Build and Edit: Katie Levine
Phones: Brian Meyer
Show Summary: Matt Fondiler