Thursday, June 17th


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Posted on June 17, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008, Ralphie May next appears opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris in the feature film, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST. After a record-setting three separate 1-hour Comedy Central Specials in the past three consecutive years, all of which were among the networks most highly-rated, Ralphie’s relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever.
Since his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” audiences can’t get enough of the larger than life comedian. Ralphie has a proven track record of selling out multiple shows in 1,500 to 3,000 seat venues. He has a no nonsense point of view and the ability to connect with a diverse audience by pointing out society’s hypocrisies. Ralphie doesn’t shy away from touchy topics or ethnic jokes, nor does he bite his tongue when society suggests, because he sincerely believes that as long as what he’s saying is true, people need to hear it.
Born on February 17, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in Clarksville, Arkansas, Ralphie was one of four kids raised by his single mom. At the age of seventeen he won a contest to open for his idol, Sam Kinison. He later moved to Houston to develop his comedy routine, at Kinison’s suggestion. “All the comics I’ve ever admired, whether it be Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett or Richard Pryor, all share a commonality,” says May. “They’re a tour de force. When they speak, there’s no room for rebuttal. They’ve thought it all out. Even the pros and cons of their argument, they raise openly and debate in the midst of their conversation and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.”
Ralphie’s love of hip-hop culture has earned him roles in such films as “For Da Love Of Money” and “Gas.” He was also the only white comedian to perform on “The Big Black Comedy Show,” along with Mo’Nique, Rodman, Sexy Marie and Vince Morris. In his act, he does 15 minutes on how we can get rid of the “N” word. “The best way is to overuse it every day,” says May. “The sharpest knife in the drawer is the one you never use.”
On the small screen, Ralphie has worked as a writer and producer on ESPN's “Mohr Sports” starring Jay Mohr and performed stand-up on numerous late night talk shows including four appearances on CBS's “The Late Late Show w/ Craig Kilborn” as well as eleven appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He has appeared on “The Man Show” and MTV’s “Bash” as well as guest-starred on NBC’s “Whoopie.” As if that’s not enough, he’s also one of a handful of comedians to have received a standing ovation on “The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno.”
When he’s not on the road, Ralphie divides his time between Nashville and Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Lahna, their two wonderful dogs Pimp and Hoochie Mama, and their two children, April June May and August James May. He contributes much of his time and energy to helping others. Since establishing a residence in Nashville, he has been actively involved with the 100 Club of Nashville, various youth organizations and the Humane Society.
For times and ticket information to catch Ralphie's show this weekend at the Addison Improv log onto or call 972-404-8501.





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Ft.Actress Anna Maria Horsford will be the keynote speaker for the 2010 Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legends Award Banquet which takes place on Thursday, June 17th at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa. The awards are presented to area citizens who have dedicated their lives to community service and the banquet serves as the primary fundraising event for the Renaissance Cultural Center Scholarship Fund. Scholarship recipients are also recognized at this prestigious event.
Anna Maria Horsford is most widely recognized for her role as “Thelma” on the long running sitcom Amen. Horsford played the loving and eager-to-wed daughter of the hilarious church Deacon Earnest Frye, played by Sherman Hemsley. Her antics on the show and dedication to landing the handsome reverend as her husband kept audiences laughing out loud from 1986-1991. “We are really thrilled to have Ms. Horsford as our guest speaker for the awards banquet,” says Renaissance Cultural Center Co-Founder Jim Austin. “She is such an accomplished actress and entertaining speaker. We encourage everyone to get their tickets to this year’s awards banquet. In doing so, they not only support a very worthwhile cause but will also be treated an amazing night of entertainment.” In addition to Amen, Horsford also starred in The Wayan Bros. and made appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, The Shield and was most recently seen in the movie Our Family Wedding.
The 2010 Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Award recipients include Ms. Norma Roby in Business; Mr. Willis Johnson in Communication; Ms. Vivian Lewis Wells in Community Service; Mr. Franklin D. Moss, Sr. in Politics; Mr. John A. Gales in Sports.   Ms. Roby is an industry pioneer for women and minority business owners as she was a joint venture partner in the TGI Friday six location restaurant concept and several other profitable business opportunities with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. She also works directly within the community by serving on a variety of boards ranging from the Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce to the Executive Committee of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee Board of Directors.  Mr. Johnson initiated several community programs such as Bicycle Drive for
He is known for being an influential voice within the African American community, especially as an on-air personality in Dallas, seeking to empower youth, and those that support or challenge them, towards the reality of prosperity and security.  Ms. Wells worked as a realtor in the Fort Worth Area and significantly strove to accomplish the desegregation of housing in Fort Worth by helping African American families purchase homes in neighborhoods previously considered “restricted”. In addition, she participated with and chaired many organizations that sought to better a community through the improvement of the individual, including: NAACP, Allied Communities of Tarrant County, CASA volunteer in the Tarrant County Juvenile Court System, The Federated Women and Youth Clubs just to name a few. Mr. Moss has served on the Texas Association of Black City Council Members in Fort Worth, Texas, since August 1998 and was elected president on October 21, 2009. He is also an active Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker, as well as serves in many organizations that work within the community to preserve the heritage and promote the well-being of the African American population. Mr. Gales dedicated his life to the students of Green B. Trimble Technical High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, working as a basketball coach and a teacher for thirty-six (36) years. He has led many teams to victory on and off the court, providing an ideal role model for the students who looked to him for wisdom, an example of a leader, a Christian man, a person of integrity and an exceptionally hard worker.
The public is invited to attend and join the Renaissance Cultural Center in celebrating the accomplishments of some of Fort Worth’s outstanding citizens. To purchase tickets for the 2010 Living Legends Award Banquet for the reception, please call (817) 922-9999 or email  Renaissance Cultural Center presented the first Living Legend Award to Fort Worth Physician and Community Leader Dr. Marion J. Brooks in 1994 and named the award to honor his community involvement.  There are eighty-one (81) Renaissance Cultural Center Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Alumni with the addition of the 2010 inductees.  
The Renaissance Cultural Center (RCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that awards scholarships annually to high school seniors and recognizes area citizens who have devoted their lives to community service.  The center has awarded over $389,500 in scholarships to 236 Tarrant County youth over the past fourteen years, since awarding the first scholarships in 1995.  The deserving graduates and legends will be honored during the 17th Annual Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Awards and Scholarship Banquet in June 2010
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