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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: 12/12/2017
ISBN: 9781250085740304 Pages
There was a time when Ralphie May was one of the biggest standup comedians in the country, both by ticket sales and by tonnage. While some things changed—Ralphie lost half his body weight—others did not: he will be remembered as one of the most successful comics of his time. Completed just months before his untimely passing, in This Might Get a Little Heavy, Ralphie takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of his life and career, one that winds across the country, over obstacles, beyond heartbreak, and through the golden age of stand-up.
Raised in poor, rural, Arkansas by a single mom who struggled to make ends meet, Ralphie’s early years were the perfect breeding ground for the kind of pain and stress and adversity that only comedy can cure. Bitten by the comedy bug at a Methodist sleep-away camp when he was 12 years old, Ralphie seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity six years later at an open-mic in a pizza parlor. Mentored and inspired by legendary comedian Sam Kinison to move to Houston, where he got his start, Ralphie packed his bags and never looked back. A major headliner for over twenty-five years, in This Might Get A Little Heavy, Ralphie finally tells the world how a chubby poor kid from Clarksville went from Arkansas to Houston to Hollywood and beyond. Full of never before told stories from Ralphie’s life, This Might Get A Little Heavy will bust your gut, pull at your heart strings, and touch your soul.
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Praise for This Might Get a Little Heavy
"I never believed a word Ralphie said to me. I never believed he actually made love to a woman—much less an attractive woman—even after they were married with children. No comedian has ever been more kind to me. I'm not buying it. He must have had some kind of angle. I don't even believe that he is actually dead. I think it's all for attention. I will only be reading this book to see where he slips up and we find out the real truth." —Doug Stanhope
“I loved Ralphie. He was a true comic. Loved the road and his fans. I’m really going to miss him.” —Bill Burr