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Comic Ralphie May to get ‘Unruly’ in Biloxi

Comic Ralphie May will be at the Hard Rock Live on Friday at 8 p.m.
Comic Ralphie May will be at the Hard Rock Live on Friday at 8 p.m. Courtesy

It’s been more than 10 years since comedian Ralphie May dropped his first comedy album, “Just Correct.” Since then, May has been touring relentlessly playing comedy clubs, festivals and theaters across the globe.

On Friday, May brings his observational humor back to Biloxi with an 8 p.m. show at the Hard Rock Live.

“Man, I love the Coast,” he said. “I played a casino there before, and it was a great show. I’m also excited about going fishing while I’m there.”

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May grew up in Clarksville, Arkansas, where he was raised on Razorbacks football.

“Man, I love the Hogs,” he said. “It’s in my blood — my dad was a walk-on at Arkansas.”

May is still a Southern boy both at heart and in physical location.

“A few years ago, I moved to Nashville because I just got so sick of L.A. and all of the crap that goes on there,” he said. “I love living in Nashville.”

He started performing standup comedy at a young age, and he eventually caught the attention of one of comedy’s greats — the late Sam Kinison.

May spent some time opening for Kinison while he performed shows in Texas. He was 17 at the time.

“(Kinison) could be a really great guy, but then he would do a line of cocaine and just get really mean,” May said of the self-destructive comedian who died in 1994. “People would tell me he was high or drunk and I should just get away from him.”

But the impact Kinison made on his life, May said, has been lasting.

“He was a genius,” he said. “I did a show with him once where he did like a two-hour set and then later that night at a different place he did another set of completely different material.”

His latest comedy special, “Unruly,” dropped on Netflix in February, the same day the latest season of “House of Cards” debuted on the streaming service.

“Netflix is the new HBO,” he said. “It’s the best model for comedians because it’s always on there. . .”

He said his deal with Netflix has expired but they are in talks to do another special.

“There’s kind of as bidding war going on between Netflix and Showtime, which isn’t a bad thing for me at all,” May said.

Ralphie May

Hard Rock Casino at 777 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi

8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $10 and are available at Ticketmaster.com

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