Ralphie May became an overnight celebrity after he competed in the first season of Last Comic Standing. Originally, NBC wanted him eliminated in the first round because they said he was “too fat” and that he’d “make a mockery of the show”.
Ralphie heard about this, and instead of letting himself get down about it, he fought back. How? By getting a standing ovation in EVERY SINGLE ROUND all the way to the finals. And they STILL gave him second place! But fans were so mesmerized by his performance, that after the contest, Ralphie went platinum with his first special, Just Correct.
Since then, he has released four more specials, three of which also went platinum. In this video below, Ralphie breaks down the business and the art of comedy, and what it takes to master the mic.
***ALSO: Last Comic Standing wasn’t Ralphie’s only obstacle standing in the way of his success. In the Ralphie May Gonzo Fame interview, Ralphie reveals the terrible struggles he endured while growing up in the Houston comedy scene***