Source: The Playlist
Longtime comedian and “Last Comic Standing” runner-up Ralphie May gained fame by weaponizing his struggle with his size with his matter-of-fact, blue-collar presentation style.
He wasn’t known for being someone overtly serious with any of his material. After all, the comedian didn’t make his living grappling with the ups-and-downs of life in such a way that left you crushed. He made you laugh.
May looks positively exhausted through the new documentary “What’s Eating Ralphie May?” with the laughs growing lesser and lesser as reality begins to set in.
In what set out to be a much lighter, inspirational documentation of May’s life on the road as a major comic and ultimately-scrapped weight loss surgery, Cat Rhinehart’s “What’s Eating Ralphie May?” turns into something much darker, much more sobering and, ultimately, tragic.
May died in 2017 of cardiac arrest caused by hypertensive cardiovascular disease, with the documentary following him roughly two years or so before, as Lahna Turner, his wife and a fellow comedian, and those closest to him begin to realize that May’s fight with obesity and destructive tendencies with his lifestyle habits could finally be catching up with him for good.
“What’s Eating Ralphie May?” recently screened at the Nashville Film Festival.
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