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