By Chris Zuver, A&E Editor
On October 6, comedian and actor Ralphie May died from cardiac arrest. This came after a bout with pneumonia which lasted for several weeks. He was 45 years old.
May was a standup comedian with seven recorded specials. He also did some acting, appearing in the television series “Cubed,” “Whoopi,” and he appeared as a voice actor in an episode of “Squidbillies.”
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1972, he won a contest at age 17 to open up for his idol, the comic legend Sam Kinison. After graduating from High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, May moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.
In 2003, May was picked to participate in the first season of “Last Comic Standing.” He placed second, losing only to Dat Phan. May went on to appear in “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” doing stand up.
In 2005, May released his first comedy album “Just Correct.” He would go on to do more recorded specials including “Girth of a Nation,” “Prime Cut,” “Austin-tatious,” “Too Big To Ignore,” “Unruly,” and “Imperfectly Yours.”
May was known for his loud voice, thick southern accent, and overwhelming stage presence. His humor covered a wide range of topics, but the focus of discussion would almost always go back to himself, often making fun of his own size.