Ralphie May, a stand-up comedian who launched his career on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has died at the age of 45.
A native of the South who often poked fun at his own weight, May first hit the national stage in 2003 as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s reality competition Last Comic Standing, which pitted aspiring stand-up comedians against each other in hopes of winning a cash prize and talent deal. He finished second, behind eventual winner Dat Phan.
He followed that up with an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and later filmed a series of Comedy Central stand-up specials. In 2015, May released a pair of stand-up specials on Netflix: Unruly and Imperfectly Yours. He also provided the voice of Pnut on Adult Swim’s Squidbillies and appeared in an episode of Inside Amy Schumer that aired last year.
Watch an excerpt of May's (slightly NSFW) performance from October, 2013.