Ron White has had an impressive career. He's written a best-selling book ("I Had the Right to Remain Silent ... But I Didn't Have the Ability") and released six solo CDs and DVDs. They've all been hits -- three of his albums reached the top of the Billboard Comedy charts, and one, "A Little Unprofessional," was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
But he's still identified with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He was pretty much unknown when he toured the country with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, and they sold out wherever they went. The tour led to three films, a DVD and a TV series.
He's still proud of that tour and the work he did in it, and he's happy that people still know him as one of the blue-collar comedians. But, he said, "I feel like I'm continuing to grow as an artist."
You can decide for yourself whether that's true when White comes to Tampa for two shows on Saturday.
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Opening the show is Alex Reymundo, White's brother-in-law and an accomplished comic known for his 2007 Comedy Central Special "Alex Reymundo Hick-Spanic: Live in Albuquerque" and from the Showtime and Comedy Central special "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy."
Details: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa.: $59.50-$109.50 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827, strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear