Ron “Tater Salad” White comes to Weill Center

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. But with two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units, White has established himself as a star in his own right. Now the jokes will fill the room in Sheboygan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, as Ron “Tater Salad” White takes the stage at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.

White has always been a storyteller, from the time he was a boy growing up in a small town in the middle of Texas oil country to selling windows for a living in Arlington to performing in sold-out theaters and arenas as a headlining comedian all across the country. For two decades he lived the life of a struggling comedian bouncing around to comedy clubs and driving to gigs in his beat-up Nissan pickup truck. In short, he paid his dues.

Then it happened. From January 2000-March 2003, Ron performed with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy in the highly acclaimed “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” a show that played to soldout audiences in over 90 cities and grossed over $15 million. Warner Bros. filmed the tour and “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie” was released as a major motion picture in theaters in March 2003 later premiering on Comedy Central as the highest-rated movie in the channel’s history.

White’s first solo comedy CD, “Drunk In Public,” was released in November 2003 showcasing the insightful and hilarious White, who manages to be both razor-sharp and blunt. The comedy CD has now sold over 500,000 copies and has been certified “GOLD.” Also that year, his first one-hour comedy special, “They Call Me Tater Salad” earned Comedy Central the highest-rated Sunday in its history. The companion DVD has sold 1.4 million copies to date and has been certified Multi-Platinum.

Next White filmed “The Ron White Show,” a comedy special for the WB network was filmed in Las Vegas and it aired in April 2005 to 4 million viewers. The show helped propel the network to one of its best Thursday nights of the season.

White’s second one-hour special, “You Can’t Fix Stupid,” was filmed in January 2006 at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. The special aired on Comedy Central to 4.5 million viewers to make it the thirdlargest audience in Comedy Central’s history and the No. 1 show in prime time on basic cable. The comedy CD of the same name was released Feb. 7, 2006, and premiered at No. 14 on Billboard’s Top 200, ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Charts for nine consecutive weeks and was nominated for a Grammy Award. White also received a second Grammy nomination that year for the CD, “Blue Collar Comedy Tour - One for The Road.”

In June 2006, Penguin Books released Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White: I Had The Right To Remain Silent…But I Didn’t Have the Ability. The book debuted at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List. It sums up White’s life and his comedy and is filled with over 80 illustrations by acclaimed artist Matthew Shultz.

In 2007, White worked on a pilot for HBO featuring the writing talents of Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women, Evening Shade), and most recently in the independent film “Demoted” scheduled for release in 2009.

White has appeared on late-night talk shows such as “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” White filmed his next standup special in Seattle in November 2008, to be released on CD/DVD in 2009.

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Weill Center Ticket Office at 826 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan, by phone at (920) 208-3243 or online at www.weillcenter.com.


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