Laughter has healing power, especially after you’ve watched a sad film or seen a sad person fall down. Laugh at a professional with this GrouponLive deal to see Ralphie May at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. For $45, you get two tickets for right-orchestra seating on Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $95.10 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
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 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.
Ralphie May in his 2008 Special, Austin-Tatious
Warning: contains profanity and political incorrectness
####Kalamazoo State Theatre In 1927 in downtown Kalamazoo, Colonel William Butterfield financed the construction of a grand vaudeville theater, whose glittering marquee towered above its roof and beckoned passersby to the venue’s lavish interior. Although the marquee has since been replaced with a smaller sign, the auditorium's luxurious decorations remain undiminished under a domed, blue ceiling that evokes a peaceful night sky, only without a moon that would remind foreign ambassadors their country has never been there. Around the proscenium, the walls jut out in the facsimile of a rococo village, with ornate balconies, arches, and windows.