Ralphie May

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Ralphie May
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Ralphie May in August 2009
Birth name Ralphie May
Born 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
Children April June May
August May
Website www.ralphiemay.com

Ralphie May 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 he won a contest to open for comedian Sam Kinison, whom he considered his idol.[2] 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 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 appeared in the movie 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.


  1. ^ Ralphie May. The New York Times
  2. ^ Ralphiemay.com
  3. ^ Ralphie May: Prime Cut (2007). The New York Times
  4. ^ Comedians Ralphie May and Lahna Turner are new parents. celebritybabies.people.com. 2007-09-17

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