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Ralphie May Ready to Make Bemidji Laugh

By Melissa Mathies

Ralphie May has been making people laugh since he was 13 years old. He always knew that performing was something he was born to do. “Yeah. I got into it early,” he said. “I was good with jokes, jokes liked me and I liked doing them.”

May’s favorite part of performing is making people laugh. “Not just audible laughter, but when you get people swaying from laughing so hard, it looks like an ocean wave,” he said. He says making people forget where they are is a big part of it and May likes to make his audience feel joy in their hearts.

His family was not always supportive of his career, however. May was accepted by 38 schools and everyone wanted him to go to college, but he felt that it wasn’t for him. “Something that I realized a long time ago is that if you love what you do and do what you love you, then you never work a day in your life,” May said. Comedy is what Ralphie May loves.

Thankfully, Ralphie May’s career has taken him all over. He has been to Iraq and Afghanistan to do shows for our troops and all over the United States. “If there are more than 2,500 people, then I’ve probably been there,” said May. However, he still has quite a few more places he would like to perform, including; Comedy hall, Chicago Theater, Canada, London, and the Albury Comedy Festival.

Comedian Ralphie May.
Comedian Ralphie May.

Ralphie May has a lot in the works for his fans. He is currently writing a book that will be released in the Fall of 2016. He is also working on new comedy specials. May gets his inspiration for his material from life, that way no one can say he stole it from them.

For those who are pursuing this type of work, May wants people to know that it won’t be easy. “There are no short cuts to the mountain, no escalators to the top,” he said. “However, all that is at the top of the mountain is the view. It was the journey that was the whole trip.”

Ralphie May performs at the Sanford Center in Bemidji on April 9. May wants his fans to know that he loves talking to people. “Don’t be afraid to come meet me,” he said. He will be performing new jokes that weren’t part of his “Unruly” special.