There's a lot more to Ralphie May than just fat.
May makes an awful lot of jokes about being obese, which he is, but he hasn't become one of the most popular comics in the country by sticking to one subject. His definitely-adult stand-up routine takes on just about any topic, from the death of Pope Paul II to little people.
He's coming to Tampa for one show only this Saturday, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
May's been doing stand-up since he was 17 when he landed a gig opening for his idol, Sam Kinison. Kinison offered him some guidance that helped get him on the road to his career that soon burgeoned. He soon made a splash with his second-place finish on "Last Comic Standing."
He's a regular on all the late-night talk shows, and (at least according to the people at the Straz Center) he recently became the first comedian in 10 years to earn a standing ovation from the audience on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Details: 7 p.m. Jan. 18, Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50 plus service charge and up. Information: 813-229-7827, www.strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear