Comedian May loves to joke about white trash

It sounds like a joke, but what else should you expect from a comedian? Two years ago Ralphie May became a first-time father and named his daughter April June May. Last summer he and his wife had a son, who bears the moniker August May.

"I think they're great names," May said while calling from his Los Angeles home.

His better half obviously possesses a sense of humor.

"My wife is all right with it since she's married to a comic," he said. "She knows my sense of humor. My mom wasn't crazy about (her granddaughter's name) at first. Friends told her that the name sounds like a stripper's name. I told them that isn't true. Strippers are named after cars you can't afford, like Lexus and Mercedes."

May, 37, who will perform Monday and Tuesday at the Loony Bin, cracks wise about his family but he won't joke about his kids on stage.

"I don't want to be a baby comic," he said. "There are too many good comics who do family stuff like Bill Cosby and Bill Engvall. I have other stuff to talk about."

May, who grew up in Arkansas and lived in Houston throughout the '90s, loves to joke about white trash.

"It's what I know and it cracks me up," he said. "Nothing is funnier than what happened to Britney Spears. They report her situation as 'young Hollywood gone bad.' I think it's much simpler than that. It's white trash. I know she's making a comeback right now but she has done some dumb things that are pretty funny over recent years."

But May hasn't exactly made the best decisions either. The father of two children admits that he still smokes marijuana. He likes to tell the story of how it affected him when he became involved — on the sidelines — in the "Miracle on the Hudson" last December.

The performer, who gained national attention during his "Last Comic Standing" run in 2003, and his wife were hanging out at a pier in lower Manhattan when a disabled USAir jet landed on the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.

"My wife said, 'A plane landed on the water,' "May recalled. "I took a look out at the Hudson and I thought I saw 40 Jesuses standing on the water. I thought they were all walking on water. I didn't know they were standing on a wing."

May admits he still has bad habits, but the "Celebrity Fit Club" alum is eating healthier and has dropped considerable weight.

"I'm down six pant sizes," he said. "I'm still fat but I finally was able to get life insurance. The next guy who marries my wife after I check out is going to have a good life. At least I got that covered."

If you go

ralphie may

What: Stand-up comedian who was the runner-up in the first season of TV's "Last Comic Standing"; performer on Comedy Central

Where: Loony Bin, 6140 E. 21st St.

When: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

How much: Tickets $18. Reservations required. Call 316-618-4242.