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Ralphie, May I?

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.

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