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On Tour

Comic Ralphie May at the Kent Stage

When: Thu., March 1 2012

“I just want to say that it is an honor and a privilege to be coming to Kent,” comic Ralphie May tells us during a recent phone call. “To walk in the footsteps of those brave student protestors [from May 4, 1970] is like walking on a battlefield of the Revolutionary War.” He isn’t joking. But if you think that’s an unusually heavy topic for a funny guy, you don’t know Ralphie: a super-sized comedian who mines the most emotionally charged topics — racism, sexism, immigration policy — for satiric laughs. On abortion: “You wanna shrink government? Let’s start by getting politicians out of women’s vaginas!” On gays in the military: “What, you don’t think they can march without sucking dick?” In fact, at 40, the Nashville-based comic’s political beliefs run so deep he’s planning an eventual bid for Congress. At the core, though, May calls himself an educator. “I make them laugh, and while their minds are open I fill them with what I believe: that we’re all in this together, like fingers on the same hand.” May brings his big, topical self to the Kent Stage tonight at 7:30 as part of his Too Big to Ignore tour. His Comedy Central special by the same name debuts on Sunday March 4.

Price: $20 to $ 32.50