Ralphie May

A veteran of 19 USO tours, comedian Ralphie May not only supports the military men and women serving active duty, but he also has several strategic suggestions for them. ''Send gang-bangers to Afghanistan. Give them some guns, leave them over there; in six months, everybody wearing a turban and some flip-flops will be dead,'' he promises. While that might not be true, we believe May when he says the need for psychological aftercare for returning soldiers would decrease since gang members-turned-soldiers would suffer less from post-traumatic stress disorder. ''You can't have flashbacks if you like killing.''

May also supports gays in the military. He often asks audiences if they would have less respect for the Navy SEALS who captured Osama bin Laden if they were gay. ''Hell, no! We'd all be like, 'Hey, homo, you're a hero! Give that boy some ribbons; them gay people love ribbons.'''

May builds much of his stand-up act around race relations, pointing out the illogical aspects of racism. On Arizona's longtime rejection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: ''Arizona would rather hate on people than take a holiday.'' May, who grew up in Arkansas, says it's actually class rather than race that divides us. '''What's your color?' 'Ah, poor.' Hating people because they’re the wrong color or wrong religion, that's just dumb. Get to know them as an individual. Then you can hate them for some shit they really did do.''

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Improv Comedy Showcase, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713‑333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com.
Aug. 8-11, 2013

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Olivia Flores Alvarez