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From the moment Ralphie May steps onstage, he demands attention. His unexpectedly boyish voice and sizable frame would be enough to attract notice, but it’s the jokes that really reel audiences in. He tosses off taboo-shredding barbs and stories in his inviting Southern drawl, demonstrating the unique charisma that won him second place in NBC’s Last Comic Standing and launched him into the comedy stratosphere. Ralphie has starred in several Comedy Central specials and DVDs, including Prime Cut, in which he pokes fun at the adorably awful hairstyles popular in his native Dixie, and Too Big to Ignore, in which he muses on the unforeseen perks of resembling a famous transgender celebrity. When he’s not visible on stage, Ralphie can be heard on the podcast Perfect 10 with fellow comedian and spouse Lahna Turner.
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.