Last night was the season 3 premiere of NBC’s hit LAST COMIC STANDING and a bunch of stuff happened. People were funny and people were unfunny; but the real story of the night was Ralphy May.
One of two things happened last night, A brilliant tactical move to gain voter sympathy, or a touching patriarchal tribute. Either way, requires my two cents.
Jay Mohr announced last night, “Please welcome the very funny RALPHY MAY!!” and the usually jolly May, sauntered out with swollen reddened eyes. The often loud comic, carried a soft tone while he said,
“My fathers name, is Winston May, and uhh..yesterday he died from cancer. And so, tonight I’m gonna do my best to honor him. And I’m gonna tell some of his favorite jokes.”
He then went on to tell two old stock jokes, but completely lost it on stage. He then walked off to great applause.
It could be Ralphy is positioning himself to be the next Andy Kaufman with a performance such as this, or perhaps was trying to gain the sympathy votes Dat Phan got to defeat him season one. One thing was sure, it was very out of place. I felt horribly for him, and I hope it was a bit he was doing. Imagine losing your father to cancer one day, and flying across the country the next to tape a show where you have to do friggen comedy!?
If his father did in fact die the day before, I feel conflicted as to how to feel about the producers letting him still perform. On the one side, this is a comedy show and they should bring some dudes tragedy into my living room and ruin my bong-hit high. Also, it’s irresponsible an exploitive to have this guy breakdown on national TV like this when he should have been with family healing.
On the other hand it could be argued that if Ralphy wanted to do it, how could they say no to a guy who just lost his dad to cancer. And in addition to being a comedy show it is a reality show and it doesn’t get much more real than that.
I just don’t know. What exactly I feel, which makes this a tough post. So I leave it up to you to tell me….
Was it real? And if so, should NBC have allowed him to participate? Reply below.