Want to go?
WHAT: Ron White
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
TICKETS: $57.75 to $196.75
INFO: 419-626-1950 or visit www.sanduskystate.com
If there is one joke that encapsulates comedian Ron White’s personality, this is it:
“A father and son shark are swimming,” said White, calling from Los Angeles. “The father sees a human. He swims around him three times and he eats him. Then he comes back to his son, who asks, why did he swim around him three times before he ate him. The dad goes, ‘They taste better if they don’t have any [poop] in them.’” OK, he didn’t say poop, but you get the point.
Talking “poop” and making people laugh is something the scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking comic has been doing for decades. Today the 55-year-old comedian is ubiquitous. When he’s not selling out theater dates, he can be found on television (his latest special was “Comedy Salute to the Troops”) and on the silver screen, as in 2010’s “Sex in the City II” and 2011’s “Horrible Bosses.”
White’s future has been bright ever since the massively popular “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” That’s when, in the early ‘00s, the Atlanta resident became a mainstream favorite alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. Recently the latter three cohorts in comedy were scheduled to tour sans White through Northeast Ohio. The date was cancelled but not before Engvall talked about why the “You can’t fix stupid” funnyman wasn’t a part of what could have been the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” reunion.
At that time Engvall said, “Ron didn’t want to write new clean material. In fact, we told him we’re going to go out again and he said, ‘I can’t write 30 minutes of new clean material.’ We said he did it before. And he said, ‘Let me rephrase that, I don’t want to write 30 minutes of clean material.’”
When asked if this was accurate, White said, “That wasn’t the reason for me to not go out on the tour. The truth is I didn’t fit anymore. They all have really clean corporate images and so it was always hard for me to gather up material that was clean enough to do with those guys.”
He followed that up by saying, in descriptively colorful expletives, that a certain person in management attached to those comedians was the real reason he passed. Regarding whether “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour” funnymen will ever reunite, White left the door open.
“I’m not opposed to it at all,” White said. “I would not be where I am today without Jeff’s generosity. It was his goal for a long time to make me a famous comedian and he truly sucks at it because it took him [expletive] forever. I don’t mean to sound [expletive] but I’ve got things to do. I opened for him before ‘Blue Collar.’ I never dreamed of becoming a big comic like Jeff, even though Jeff worked way harder than me and it seemed like he earned it. And I was just funny.”
He added, “We’re all still really good friends. I don’t think anybody really regrets the breakup.”