Mixing standup comedy with political correctness is about as funny as, well, politicians trying to be comedians (Bush's joke about looking for missing WMDs under a couch, you might've noticed, was neither funny nor PC). Comedy is an art form of sorts; it shouldn't be held to the same standards of decency, or even cultural sensitivity, as a cable news talk show. Comedy allows us the guilty pleasure of sharing a laugh over subjects we're not usually supposed to laugh at. Like when Ralphie May cracks jokes about a pimp going door to door to peddle his product, calling it "Door to Door Pussy," or like the way he thinks the Kennedys are all retarded, rich honkies who got a free pass in life.
"It's good that somebody's out there saying the stuff I'm saying," May notes. "Most comics give you what you want; I give you what you need." But people do want what May has to offer, which explains the overnight popularity he gained as a finalist on the first season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. As a result, May's got his work thoroughly cut out for him, and not just on network TV. For starters, May will host a show on HBO called Baggin', featuring the always enjoyable theme of people trading insults. May also is working on a film for MGM, which he will write and star in. The movie, with a working title of Southern, will feature May as Wayne Haydin, a white student at the predominantly black Southern University in Louisiana who last year was elected president of the school's Student Government Association. And May's hip-hop-influenced comedy earned him an invitation from ol' Snoop Dogg himself; May will be featured doing sketches on Snoop's next album.
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For now, you'd do well to check out May's CD, Just Correct. What's the title mean? "It's not politically correct," May says. "It's just correct." -- Jason Budjinski