Standup comedians typically draw from real life, such as bad relationships or how the zoo is crazy. Life's a riot with this GrouponLive deal to see comedian Ralphie May. Choose between the following cities and performances:
- For $13, you get general admission to a Ralphie May comedy show at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Tuesday, September 11, at 8 p.m. (up to a $25 value, including all fees).
- For $13, you get general admission to a Ralphie May comedy show at The Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem on Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. (up to a $27 value, including all fees).
From the moment Ralphie May walks onto the stage, he demands attention with his 400-pound frame and incongruously high-pitched voice, juxtaposing quick barbs against lengthy pauses to wittily lance society's absurdities. His Southern drawl and babyish looks won him second place in NBC's Last Comic Standing and launched him into the comedy stratosphere, where he starred in several Comedy Central specials and DVDs, including Prime Cut, in which he pokes fun at the adorably awful hairstyles that are popular in his native Dixie. This past March, during his Too Big to Ignore special, Ralphie mused on the unforeseen perks of resembling a famous transgender celebrity, leaving audiences as delighted as a clown who finally saved up enough to buy his own personal limousine.
Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, the McDonald Theatre has enjoyed a long, strange history since its establishment in 1925. Originally a community playhouse equipped with both a stage and a screen, the theater found new life in the 1950s when One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author and psychedelic pioneer Ken Kesey began presenting free cartoons there every Saturday morning. The McDonald spent the next six or so decades as a movie house exclusively, but in 2001, the Kesey family returned, producing concerts and community events under the theater’s enormous proscenium arch. Kesey Enterprises finally purchased the time-weighted stage in 2009, and today the building hosts events ranging from high-school proms to reggae concerts to plumbing-fixture lifting contests.