Ralphie May in August 2009
|Birth name||Ralph D. May|
February 17, 1972 |
|Medium||Stand-up, television, radio|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Wit, Word play, Satire, Sexuality, Race, Religion, Family Life, Obesity|
|Influences||Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett, Richard Pryor|
|Children||April June May
August James May
May was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but raised in Clarksville, Arkansas. 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.
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 appeared in comedy shows like The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005, he was the only white comedian on The Big Black Comedy Show, which also featured Mo'Nique, Rodman, and Vince Morris.
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), Austin-tatious (2008), and Too Big To Ignore (2012). He appeared in the movie For Da Love of Money. He also performed at the "Gathering of the Juggalos 2012."
- 2002: For Da Love Of Money
- 2003: Just Correct
- 2005: Big Black Comedy: Vol. 2
- 2005: Big Black comedy: Vol. 4
- 2006: Girth of a Nation
- 2007: Prime Cut
- 2007: Bangin' With Ralphie May
- 2008: The Best of Comics Unleashed With Byron Allen
- 2008: Austin-Tatious
- 2012: Too Big To Ignore
- 2015: Unruly
- 2005: Just Correct
- 2006: Girth of A Nation
- 2007: Prime Cut
- 2009: Austin-Tatious
- 2011: Too Big to Ignore
May married comedian Lahna Turner on July 3, 2005. The couple has two children, daughter April June May and son August James May.