Comedian Ralphie May, who began a residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas in January, passed away on October 6 at the age of 45. A declaration from Harrah’s parent company Caesars Entertainment checks out: “We are incredibly saddened by the loss of our precious comedian headliner Ralphie May. Ralphie played an unique role in this world, as he made every effort to bring happiness to all, and over the last year became a valued member of the Harrah’s Las Vegas household. We will forever be grateful for his laughter and friendship.”
My experience with Ralphie appears to echo exactly what a lot of other comics have actually stated about him: no matter how well you understood him, he made you feel great.
I knew Ralphie really casually. We satisfied a couple of times at stand-up funny shows and at a barbecue that his buddy, opener and funny promoter Gabe Lopez tossed this summer season.
Previously this year, Ralphie saw me do a 20-minute set at the Dirty at 12:30, the anything-goes late-night show at the South Point that he and Lopez developed. I had not shaved my head that night so I used a baseball cap on phase.
After I finished, the very first thing he stated to me was, “You wish to double your laughs?” Obviously, I said yes. “Don’t wear that hat. The audience can’t see your eyes.”
I remembered he made the exact same point in a speech I watched on YouTube, where Ralphie spoke to young comedians at Louie Anderson’s comedy bootcamp. I couldn’t stop viewing this video. He offered those comics a master class for an hour and 40 minutes.
I thanked him for watching my set and the feedback.
“You just eliminated like that,” he stated. “Envision what it’ll be like if you weren’t using the hat.”
He might have said anything, but decided to reinforce the positives and hearing that from him implied a lot. Lopez pulled me aside shortly after and drove the point home. “Ralphie May simply enjoyed your entire set and his only criticism was do not use a hat.”
I had actually created a principle for Ralphie for a television show that I was excited to establish. I’m bummed we could not showcase his skill in a various method, but I’m more bummed that such an excellent man with young kids is gone. His skill will be missed. His energy will be missed more.
Ralphie rose to popularity on the very first season of the NBC competition show Last Comic Standing, in which he put second however was clearly the leading man. 4 Funny Central specials and 2 Netflix specials proved how prolific he was as an author and entertainer. His residency at Harrah’s resulted in a renewal of live funny in a location that was all however defunct. Simply today, he was recognized as Gambling establishment Comedian of the Year in the International Gaming Expo’s Casino Home entertainment Awards.
Onstage or off, Ralphie had the capability to put a smile on your face, but when he was performing and in the groove, you could see how delighted he was working his craft.