Comedian Ralphie May guarantees laughter in Grand Junction |

Comedian Ralphie May guarantees laughter in Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
Ralphie May, a comedian, will perform at Grand Junction's Avalon Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $28.50-50.50.
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WHAT: Ralphie May show

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: $28.50-50.50


Ralphie May, a stand-up comedian known for quick wit and big personality, will perform Thursday, Jan. 15, at Avalon Theatre. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets to the show cost $28.50-$50.50, depending on seat location. May is currently traveling the country, dishing out humor in “The Filthy Animal Tour.” Other Colorado stops include Boulder, Colorado Springs and Beaver Creek.

“I plan to make ‘em laugh hard for two hours,” May said of his audience. “It’s a fun show.”

May warns his show is not for all ages, however. His candid, R-rated performances span a variety of (often off-color) topics — everything from parenting and sex, to race relations, marijuana and global issues — using a self-deprecating humor that draws the audience into his performances. Originally from Texas, now living in California, May also draws on personal experiences when crafting his comedy.

“It will be an adult show,” he said. “I want you to laugh hard and be uncomfortable doing it.”

This is May’s first time to the Grand Valley. Find him on Twitter (@Ralphie_May) to Tweet restaurant and activity suggestions to him.

“I’m going to need help when I get there of where to go and what to do,” he noted.


May is the father of two children — April June and August James; his wife, Lahna Turner, is also a stand-up comedian. May is currently based out of Los Angeles, where his children attend school. According to May, he misses them “terribly” when he’s on the road.

“You think you are paying for jokes, but in reality you are paying for me not to be at home with my kids,” he said.

May got his big break winning second place during Last Comic Standing in 2003. Since then, he has starred in several Comedy Central specials and released many of his own comedy albums.

“I thought I’d be making a school-teachers salary and just do what I do,” May said. “I never dreamed of the opportunities I have had. I don’t have the ego to be a celebrity.”

He thanks his success to not only comedians like Danny Martinez and Jay Mohr, but to the men and women of America.

“No one is a success without someone else,” May said.

Looking back at where he is today, he would tell his young self that “it will be OK, little brother. You may be that fat, dumb kid from Arkansas now, but keep working towards that dream and you will get there.”

For more information about May, visit To purchase tickets for the show, visit Learn more about the Avalon Theatre at

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