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Ralphie May Comes To SOPAC This Friday

By Gary Wien

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) - This Friday, comedian Ralphie May will bring his no-nonsense, un-PC brand of comedy to the South Orange Performing Arts Center. The larger than life comedian will be featuring material from his upcoming special on Netflix along with classic bits from throughout his career. Tickets are available at from $29 to $49.

His upcoming special will be recorded live in Atlanta at the end of the month. It's his second special with Netflix, an arrangement that lets him release specials at a quicker pace than ever before - something that works well with his topical humor.

While many comics often struggle with working new material into their sets, May is the complete opposite. He's always writing. "I write a lot of jokes," said May. "I write long routines about current topics and long routines about me. I'm not going to sugar coat how stupid I am sometimes. Like the time I carried marijuana into Guam. That was dumb. It was stupid, but I did it."

May was caught with weed in the Guam airport when he started petting some drug sniffing dogs. A dog lover, he thought they were just being friendly when they were actually signally that they smelled pot.

For years, May's reputation as a pot smoker was legendary, but health problems forced him to change his ways. He says he switched to vaping because it's a lot better on his lungs and swears by Cheeba Chews. Ever since being treated for bilateral double pneumonia and pulmonary embolisms (and told his chances of surviving were slim), May has tried to improve his health for his sake and the sake of his wife and two kids. But that hasn't stopped his pot smoking fans from seeing them as one of their own.

"Whenever I tour a state that has legal weed, people come out of the closet to give me legal weed!" said May. "So much that I will rake in a pound a week in weed… that's a lot of reefer man!"

May says he always thought the common sense arguments behind legalizing pot would sink into the public. "It's a vice and we should be taxing it," he says. "We have to stop trying to sell the idea of legalizing marijuana to people who smoke marijuana. If you ask most people around the country if they are for legalizing marijuana they'll say ‘No, I'm not.' Well, wouldn't you like free roads and schools so your tax bill is not as high and goes further? They're like ‘Yeah'. And wouldn't you like less traffic in the afternoon on your drive home? Stoners have a thing called 420 when they go and smoke weed at 4:20pm. And they're way too stoned to get on the road immediately at 5 o'clock and go home. They need to get a drink at a bar or play some videos games to come down… The key to legalization is selling it to the people who don't smoke it."

If that sounds a bit like a political platform, it's because May does have political ambitions. He would love to follow the path of fellow comedian Al Franken and eventually enter politics. The plan is maybe to do something in 2020 or a few years after that. He's in no rush to join the world of sinners, as he calls politicians. The most important thing for him is to make sure he and his family are taken care of because he doesn't believe in being paid as a politician.

"I wouldn't take a dime of my money from being a sinner," he explains. "I would donate that back to various causes. I want to be a stand-up comedian but I would like to be a sinner because I think I am a voice of the people. If you feel like you're charged with that and you feel like you can do it and you're emphatic enough to feel what's going on in their hearts and minds than maybe you should run. Because that's what we need in our leaders - an emphatic ear; someone to decide for the people who can't think for themselves. Just a little commons sense, shaking heads, and kicking some asses."

Before his pneumonia he used to say that his whole goal was to make people laugh. Since nearly dying, he now says he wants to make them laugh and think. Talking about race, religion, and marijuana are just a few of the politically incorrect subjects he wants people to think about. He has a no nonsense point of view and the ability to connect with a diverse audience by pointing out society's hypocrisies. Ralphie doesn't shy away from touchy topics or ethnic jokes, nor does he bite his tongue when society suggests, because he sincerely believes that as long as what he's saying is true, people need to hear it.

See for yourself when the comedian that was voted one of Variety Magazine's "10 Comics to Watch" comes to SOPAC on Friday, November 7. Rob Cantrell opens the show.

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Event calendar
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018


THE GAY BLADES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE & THE BUCKINGHAMS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Nelson Riveros Trio: “The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Hawaiian Music and Hula @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm

Pop 2000 Tour @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm


Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Swamp Boogie Trio @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm


BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm and 7:00pm

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