The first time I heard Ron White’s comedy, I was in the passenger seat of my boyfriend’s car, hunched over on the dashboard, begging him to turn it off so I could stop laughing. I laughed so hard my chest burned and tears streamed uncontrollably down my cheeks. Some of his jokes may be offensive and he may be a red-faced fat man rarely seen without a cigar and a glass of scotch, but Ron White — alias “Tater Salad” — is one funny man.
[poster] Most of White’s jokes revolve around the theme of alcohol, or more specifically, being drunk. “Tater Salad” is actually a fake name he created once while being arrested and charged with being drunk in public. His jokes about this story were apparently so popular he named his website www.tatersalad.com.
Those jokes not alcohol-related run the gamut from mother-in-laws to meat-lovers and everything in between. “Everybody on the plane was nervous, but I’d been drinking since lunch, and I was like, ‘Take it down. I don’t care… Hit something hard. I don’t want to limp away from this son-of-a.’ The guy sitting next to me is losing his mind. Apparently, he had a lot to live for. He goes, ‘Hey man, if one of these engines fails, how far you think the other one will take us?’ ‘All the way to the scene of the crash…which is pretty handy, because that’s where we’re headed!’”
Some of White’s jokes may mildly offend some, especially women and vegetarians, of which I am both. For instance, he jokes about a diamond company getting honest in their advertising and finally saying what they meant all along: “Diamonds: That’ll shut her up…for a minute!” My laughter subsided a little upon first hearing that one, but even a vegi like myself can appreciate White’s opinion of vegetarians, which is delivered in such a flabbergasted manner that the delivery may be just as funny as the joke:
“If you’re here tonight, and you’re a vegetarian… shut up. You’re not gonna recruit me. I didn’t climb to the top of the fucking food chain to eat carrots! What are ya, nuts?”
Ron White’s delivery is probably what most distinguishes him from other comedians. Says Journalism junior Lacey Moore, “I think he’s a refreshing change from the typical comedian and is great at making fun of his own shortfalls.” His sarcasm and his impersonation of himself as a drunkard can be enough to make a listener almost pee his pants (trust me on this one).
Another one of his famous jokes expresses his frustration with a man who tied himself to a tree during a hurricane to prove his physical strength:
“He said that at 53 years of age he was in good enough physical condition to withstand the wind and the rain of a force 3 hurricane. But let me you tell you something here: it isn’t that the wind is blowing; it’s what the wind is blowing. If you get hit with a Volvo, it doesn’t matter how many sit-ups you did that morning!”
From 2000 to 2003, White traveled with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and that led to a television series on Comedy Central, two CDs and a DVD of the group’s performances. The other members of the tour were Jeff Foxworthy (of the infamous redneck jokes), Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. Since that tour ended, Ron White has released his own CD entitled — no surprise here — “Drunk In Public.”

White’s taken his comedy on the road again, this time on a solo tour that will stop at the Breslin Center April 14. For more information on show times and ticket prices, check out www.breslincenter.com .

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