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Comedian Ralphie May is coming to Seven Springs ready to rock

| Friday, Jan. 14, 2005

Comedian Ralphie May has been having a bad week.

So far, he blew out a tire while driving his truck after it hit a pothole. And the truck has had to sit while a replacement was custom ordered.

He had to postpone appearances at Seven Springs Mountain Resort near Champion, Fayette County, so he could return to California.

And his new house in the Hollywood Hills• Thanks to the wicked weather in California, he can't get near it, so he's staying in an apartment with 'basically nothing' of his own.

But here's where he hopes things start to get better.

The truck is getting fixed.

He's been told the house should be OK.

The reason he had to head back to Los Angeles was to test for a pilot for NBC.

And he says he'd rather be "rockin' the mic" at Seven Springs after a Steelers playoff win.

"How could it be better than that?" he asks.

"My apologies to the fans out there (for the postponement). But Saturday, after the Steelers• It'll be much more fun. The only way the Steelers can lose is if the Jets cut a deal with the devil."

Although he grew up in the South, May says he's a "big Steelers fan from back in the day when they were beating up on the Cowboys." He's already got his Roethlisberger, Maddox and Price jerseys, and he's looking for "the Bus, Mean Joe Green and Lynn Swann."

Mays appearances at Seven Springs come on the heels of continuing roles on "Last Comic Standing," on NBC "Celebrity Fit Club" of VH1, "Mohr Sports" on ESPN and appearances in the movie "For Da Love of Money," and TV shows "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Man Show," MTV's "Bash," NBC's "Whoopi," and the syndicated "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest."

He also has a DVD out, "Be Correct," which includes one of his stand-up routines and behind-the-scenes footage of a USO tour of Iraq he did with three other comedians, including his girlfriend, comic Lahna Turner.

"I want to go back -- I'd do it in a heartbeat," he said, even though his trip over occurred before major operations were completed and their group got shot at every day.

"Because of the people. They're the greatest audience, and they need laughter.

"They put their lives on the line every day in miserable conditions. And here we are, guests giving them a glimmer of hope and home."

Parts of Turner's act appear on the DVD, and she'll be a feature act at the shows at Seven Springs.

"Man, she was mad (about the DVD.) We only had one camera, and when they cut away from her act to show the crowds, it would look like she wasn't getting any laughs when really, she was killing."

The sitcom test is with Steve Levitan, whose previous successes include "Just Shoot Me."

"It's a character named Ralphie," Mays said. "I think I have a chance. I'm really excited. Man, it could be huge, life-changing huge."

Mays did his first stand-up at 13, then at 17, after doing open mic nights for years, he won a contest and got to open for Sam Kinison. He's been working since, including while attending college.

"I'm 32 now. I've been doing stand-up nearly half my life. Now I'm considered an 'overnight success' -- after 15 years," he said.

"Two years ago, I'd never had a comma in my bank account. Now I have a home in the Hollywood Hills -- if it makes it through this weather. I figure I'll just go stand at the bottom of the hill. It will get there eventually."

The house problem, like the truck, really doesn't bother Mays.

"Money doesn't matter. Respect will always outlast cash. I'm here for a while, I want to be a force in comedy."

Additional Information:

Ralphie May

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Tickets: $15 plus $2.50 processing fee. Tickets for the postponed shows may be exchanged for the weekend dates.

Details: 866-703-7625 or www.7springs.com

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