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Brash comic Ralphie May performs in Tampa

Comedian Ralphie May poses for a photo at the Seminole Hard Rock Girls 2012 calendar unveiling at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa.

Luis Santana | Times (2011)

Comedian Ralphie May poses for a photo at the Seminole Hard Rock Girls 2012 calendar unveiling at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa.

Supersized comedian Ralphie May, who credits Sam Kinison as an inspiration, was just here on July 4 headlining radio jock Cowhead's Brew Ha-Ha show that almost sold out at the Mahaffey. An alum of Last Comic Standing, May doesn't shy away from touchy topics like race, gay weddings and dead celebrities. You'll cringe — but you'll laugh — because he doesn't take anything seriously except, maybe, his health after hovering from a near-death experience at Tampa General Hospital in 2011 when he was brought down by pneumonia and blood clots during a Mexican cruise. Rehab followed a year later. He's a family man now (his daughter is named April June May and his son is August May), but that hasn't softened his raunchy ways. He performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. Tickets are $29.50-$49.50.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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