Win Tickets ($70): Ralphie May @ Aladdin Theater | w/ The Smash Brothers, “Last Comic Standing,” Netflix

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Ralphie May @ Aladdin Theater on October 15. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 10.


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October 15, 2016
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $35 | All Ages

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

For 25 years now, Ralphie May has appeared at the biggest venues, slayed every late-night audience multiple times, recorded a special for every comedy-loving network on television, traveled the world for the USO and reached the level of popularity few standup comedians have attained.

Yet little compares to the amount of exposure May received when Netflix exclusively launched his new comedy special “Unruly” on February 27th, at the same time it released the new season of “House of Cards.”

“That’s the biggest launch in Netflix history,” May said. “The wave for ‘House of Cards’ is a tsunami and I’m the fat guy trying to body surf. These guys are taking me to the middle of the country. They’re taking me into people’s homes. I’m the luckiest guy in America.”

You could make the argument May already was among the luckiest, with a charmed career that’s equal parts sweat equity and choking the life out of every opportunity that came along. He fell in love with comedy after performing at a church conference at age 13, and winning unexpected rewards. He turned professional at 17 when he opened for Sam Kinison after winning a contest as a dual-enrollment student at the University of Arkansas.

“He told me to move to Houston,” May said, “so I didn’t wait till graduation. I just left: ‘I’m going to Houston to do standup.’ And that was 25 years ago. It’s crazy.”

Houston was a comedy Mecca at the time with seven clubs and a thriving, competitive scene. May could work all the time, and he did, also landing a radio gig that helped expand his reputation. He eventually earned a spot on the first season of “Last Comic Standing,” and though he finished second, he might as well have won (anybody remember who won that year?) with the way fans fell in love with his over-the-top persona.

The raw, uncensored hallmarks of his mentor Kinison are evident in May’s set, laid out brilliantly over two hours in “Unruly,” recorded in front of a raucous, fist-pumping crowd of thousands in Atlanta. But May doesn’t deal in simple outrage, building a routine that’s rich, deep and fearless. He’s able to balance boyish charm, withering introspection and compassion for his fellow human being with some of the dirtiest, most honest observations you’ve ever heard.

“When I was a kid, my grandmother taught me how to crochet and how to quilt, and that’s kind of how I do an act,” May said. “I have one-liners, I have dirty jokes, but I also have long stories that are 10 or 20 minutes long and the laughs come every eight seconds. It’s a different set. And it’s a different life than most people have led.”

In the uncensored and unfiltered “Unruly,” he riffs on pop culture, race, his own excesses, the dangers of meeting Anderson Cooper and the mesmerizing deliciousness of Chick-Fil-A. With the increased visibility of the Netflix partnership, May hopes to fill the next 25 years of his career with even more breathless moments.

Viewership expectations are high. May debuted five specials over a decade on Comedy Central with each drawing record ratings. He also tours extensively and has made 19 trips into war zones to perform for troops with the USO and Wounded Warriors charity. And his popularity continues to grow. He and his family split their time between Nashville and Los Angeles, where he has television development deals for an unscripted reality show with Ryan Seacrest Productions and a scripted series with Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions.

The Smash Brothers
The Smash Brothers: Cory N Chad are a identical twin comedy duo from Los Angeles and host the #1 show at the Ontario Improv “The Dirty Show” every 3rd Wed.

Cory and Chad AKA The Smash Brothers are Identical Twins born and raised outside of East LA. Their Mother is a Mail lady and their father is a crazy Biker. They attended more than 14 schools growing up. So always being the new kid helped these two become the funny kids in school to try and make new friends. They say they are each others best friends. Even though they look alike they are really quite different. Cory is the so called “Good Twin”. With his lad back style he is the calmer twin who doesnt drink and party and he keeps these two grounded. On the other hand Chad is the “Evil Twin”. He is the bad boy type, with his wild party stories he keeps Cory on his toes.

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36 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Ralphie May @ Aladdin Theater | w/ The Smash Brothers, “Last Comic Standing,” Netflix

  1. Vanessa October 4, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Yes please! this would be such a fun night with friends!

  2. Dave G. October 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Ralphie May….but I Will.

  3. Gina V. October 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Love a good comedy show!

  4. Drew October 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    I love his stand up and I would love to go to the show.

  5. Brittanie October 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    Sounds like a great night out!

  6. Kelly October 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    I love a good laugh. Would really like to see this show!

  7. Esther Wright October 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    OY…My sweetheart and I need some comic relief!!

  8. Aleks October 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    I love comedy

  9. Claire October 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Ralphie was one of my favorites back when I watched Last Comic Standing! I’ll definitely need a good laugh next weekend, and this show should do the trick!

  10. Bartek October 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    I’m funny and fat too.

  11. Kelly October 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    Would love to win this for my birthday!

  12. Linda StrongHeart October 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    I love Ralphie May . And in. the currant economy and political arena . It would be just nice to laugh for a change.

  13. Daniel Hearing October 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    I’ve been watching Ralphie May for years. He’s hilarious.

  14. ransome brown October 4, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    I’m visiting from Indiana and would love to win

  15. Heather Lintner October 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    Anyone who is Sam’s Mentor has got to be worth seeing would love a good night of Comedy with my husband share all the laughs and twins the boot tickets please

  16. Drew October 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    Would love to see Ralphie May! Haven’t had the chance to check him out when he’s come to Portland the other times he’s visited, so this would be the perfect opportunity! Thnx!

  17. Ed October 5, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    Love Ralphie, he will tear the roof off!

  18. Judy October 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    I pick the bad boy every time!

  19. Rachael Howard October 5, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    I would love to go! Xoxo!

  20. Bill Cook October 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    With the presidential election campaign being so depressing over the last year, and our life calendar caught up in a cool breeze, my wife and I could use an evening of true comedy, performed by a true professional.

  21. Ryan October 6, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    I love stand up

  22. Cory October 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Sounds like something

  23. Cheri October 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    My favorite thing is laughing :-)

  24. Roger October 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    I love the Aladdin! I have seen all kinds of shows EXCEPT a comedy show. Ralphy would be exceptional !

  25. Megan Padilla October 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    My brother LOVES Ralphie and I would love to take him!

  26. Josh October 6, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Would be a blast – been following him for a while. Thanks!

  27. jim October 6, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    This sounds like a great show. I would love to see it.

  28. Mikey B October 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    So dope. Send me!

  29. Rebecca October 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    I would love this please pick me

  30. J-Wow October 7, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Perfect way to spend my husband’s birthday! Laughter is the key to life. Pick me!

  31. Angela October 7, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    Ralphie has caused me to release so many endorphins since first watching him on Last Comic Standing. Growing up in a multi-racial community and Hgh School, I can appreciate his sense of humor very much!
    Also, I am a bit chubby myself and appreciate his confidence.

  32. Tom P October 8, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    I’m on a comedy roll! Feeling good about this one

  33. lauren scher October 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    What a fun time! Pick me!

  34. Jalmer October 9, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    He’s hilarious, I would love to see him!

  35. molli taylor October 10, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    my husband loves ralpgie may!

  36. Leah A. October 14, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    In Portland for one night!

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