Ron White

For stand-up and former Deer Park resident Ron White, comedy is a trial of endurance. “Expect to laugh real hard,” he says. “Not just chuckle, but gut laugh for an hour. I can’t stand it any other way.” Houston audiences ready for the challenge can catch the Blue Collar Comedy alum working the Bayou Music Center. Houston has been kind to White, who claims to have “worked every comedy club in the whole damn city. [Houston’s got] a pretty big spectrum of people. There’s doctors and oil workers. [Last time I was here] somebody said it looked like the crowd had just walked off a very nice municipal golf course.”

Fans will be treated to the work of a seasoned pro when White delivers his saucy take on family and the working-class lifestyle. “I let jokes ripen on the vine. Folks wanna see it live, ’cause that’s the best presentation of it,” he says. White, a lifelong comedy fan, seemed predestined to join his nightclub favorites: Newhart, Carlin, Cosby, Pryor, Flip Wilson. “My uncle was a preacher, which is exactly where I developed my cadence.” Add to that an early case of ADD, and, as White puts it, “Those things are good for comedy but not for life.”

All things considered, White hopes his February visit to Houston will be better than his last. “[My first show] this lady falls from a 28-foot balcony and lands on another lady…while I’m onstage! Then the next show, the same night, a guy dies of a heart attack! It was a pretty awkward thing,” White recounts, “but I killed!”

7 and 10 p.m. 520 Texas. For information, call 713-230-1600 or visit bayoumusiccenter.com. $48.75 to $67.75
Fri., Feb. 7, 7 & 10 p.m., 2014

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Vic covers the comedy scene, in Houston and beyond. When not writing articles, he's working on his scripts, editing a podcast, doing some funny make-em-ups or preaching the good word of supporting education in the arts.
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