Ralphie May

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May in August 2009

Ralph Oliver "Ralphie" May (February 17, 1972 – October 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but raised in Clarksville, Arkansas. His jokes were mainly about observational comedy, wit, word play, satire, sexuality, race, religion, family life and obesity.

May was influenced by Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett, and Richard Pryor. In 2003, May was chosen to participate in the first season of Last Comic Standing. He finished in second place in the competition. After that, he appeared in comedy shows like The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005, he was the only white comedian on The Big Black Comedy Show, which also featured Mo'Nique, Rodman, and Vince Morris.[1]

May was married to Lahna Turner from 2005 until they separated in 2015. They had two children. [2]

May died of a pneumonia-related heart attack at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 6, 2017 at the age of 45.[3]

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  1. "Ralphie May". Comedy Central. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  2. Ralphie May's wife Lahna Turner files divorce tmz.com
  3. "Comedian Ralphie May Dead at 45 of Cardiac Arrest (UPDATE)". tmz.com.

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