Comic Ron White performs in Sarasota

The scotch-drinking comedian will play to a sold-out house at Van Wezel

January 2, 2014 

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If you don't already have your tickets to see comic Ron White's upcoming show in Sarasota, you'll probably have to either skip the show or check with your friendly neighborhood scalper.

White's bringing his "Slightly Unprofessional" tour to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2, but the show's sold out.

White's the scotch-drinking member of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" team (with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy) that sold out venues across the country, and he was a frequent guest on "Blue Collar TV."

He revels in his image as a drinker and a just-plain guy. His nickname is "Tater Salad," he's appeared on compilation albums titled "Redneck Comedy Roundup" and "Redneck Kings of Comedy," and he has a solo album called "Drunk in Public."

More recently, despite his working-class stage persona, he became a successful author.

His 2006 book "I Had the Right to Remain Silent but I Didn't Have the Ability" appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.

His latest album, "A Little Unprofessional," came out in June and has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 2, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: Sold out. Information: 941-953-3368, www.vanwezel.org.

--Marty Clear

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