Sometimes it just takes the right person telling you the right thing at the right time to set you on the right path. For comedian Ralphie May, that person was legendary comedian Sam Kinison. After May won a contest when he was in high school to open a show for Kinison, the notorious screamer encouraged the 17-year-old May to move to Houston and focus on his standup. May did so, launching a career that’s seen him finish second on the first season of Last Comic Standing and create four Comedy Central specials and two more on Netflix. And like his idol Kinison, May has managed to find his way into controversy along the way; earlier this year he had to do damage control for some old material insulting Native Americans and insulting comic Chelsea Peretti on Twitter.
June 28-29; Tue-Wed at 6 and 9:30 pm • Spokane Comedy Club • 315 W. Sprague • spokanecomedyclub.com • 318-9998
— Dan Nailen