Words & Deeds

Big comedian to play small Boise venue

Ralphie May performing at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
Ralphie May performing at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. John Davisson/Invision/AP

Stop throwing bonbons at my head. That’s not a fat-joke headline.

Even if it was, comedian Ralphie May, known for comedy specials such as “Girth of a Nation,” probably wouldn’t mind.

Based on name recognition, May certainly is big — big enough that he doesn’t always play clubs the size of Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St. in Boise.

May will headline there at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. It will be the first time he has gigged the 248-capacity room, and a cool opportunity for true May fans to enjoy an intimate stand-up show.

Prior to May’s last Boise visit — across the alley from Liquid Laughs at the 999-capacity Knitting Factory last year — he told me that giving an audiences their money’s worth is a priority.

So the $30 ticket should be money well spent.

“I make the people laugh hard,” May said. “I do two hours of jokes. Most people don’t even do a full hour. I do two. Because I want people to realize that I respect the money they spend with me.”

It’s shaping up to me a good fall and winter for Liquid Laughs. Other future highlights include headliners Sean Rouse (a longtime favorite of mine) on Nov. 10-13, John Caparulo on Dec. 9-11 and Ben Kronberg (another who shatters my funny bone) on Jan. 19-22.

Purchase tickets by visiting Liquid Laughs.com.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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