Ralphie May

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Ralphie May
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Ralphie May in August 2009
Birth name Ralphie O. May
Born (1972-02-17) February 17, 1972 (age 42)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Medium Stand-up, television, radio
Nationality American
Years active 1989–present
Genres Observational comedy, Wit, Word play, Satire
Influences Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett, Richard Pryor
Spouse Lahna Turner
2 children
Website www.ralphiemay.com

Ralphie O. May (born February 17, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian.[1]

Early life[edit]

May was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but raised in Clarksville, Arkansas. When he was seventeen years old, he won a contest to open for comedian Sam Kinison, whom he considered his idol.[2] Kinison suggested he move to Houston, Texas to further develop his comedy routine. May then studied at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and graduated. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.


In 2003, May was chosen to participate in the first season of Last Comic Standing. He finished in second place in the competition, with Dat Phan winning first place. After that, he started appearing in numerous comedy shows like The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005, he was the only white comedian to perform on The Big Black Comedy Show, which also featured Mo'Nique, Rodman, and Vince Morris.[citation needed]

In 2005, May released his comedy album, Just Correct. Since then, he has recorded four Comedy Central specials: Girth of a Nation (2006), Prime Cut (2007),[3] Austin-tatious (2008), and Too Big To Ignore (2012). He has also appeared on films like For Da Love of Money. He also performed at the "Gathering of the Juggalos 2012."



  • 2005: Just Correct
  • 2006: Girth of A Nation
  • 2007: Prime Cut
  • 2009: Austin-Tatious
  • 2011: Too Big to Ignore

Personal life[edit]

May married comedian Lahna Turner[4] on July 3, 2005. The couple have two children, daughter April June May and son August James May.


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