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Posted on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 : 8:32 a.m.

Ron White's raunchy comedy delights fans at the Michigan Theater

By Jennifer Eberbach


Ron White publicity photo

Grammy-nominated comedian Ron White brought his “Moral Compass Tour” to the Michigan Theater last night, and his scotch-soaked adult humor went over big with fans in Ann Arbor.

White took the stage holding his signature drink, smoking a cigar, and talking about how to mess with airline security by taking Viagra. It was an omen that the crowd would get a foul mouthful of the rough-around-the-edges comedy they have come to love.

The Texan rose to fame with the success of the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” and subsequent televised films of the live shows he did with buddies Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy. He soon turned most of his attention to his solo career.

White has been on his “Moral Compass” tour with his warmup act, Robert Hawkins, since last summer. Hawkins is one of the comedians who appeared on White’s most recent comedy special, “Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops.”

White is definitely not PC. Not a lot of topics were taboo last night. Drinking, smoking, women, body parts, Tiger Woods, and the special Olympics were some of the things he joked about at the show. He does not seem to have much shame for the mischief he gets into. The show included a story of getting arrested for smoking pot on his private plane; plenty of pokes at his marriage to his third and current wife, jazz singer Margo Reymundo; and a tale about getting too drunk and telling an inappropriate joke about Mamie Eisenhower on Dr. Phil’s yacht.

A little bit of the material that White and Hawkins performed at the Michigan Theater appeared in their routines for “Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops,” so some of the crowd may have already been familiar with a few of their jokes. However the show included plenty of other material that was new to fans in the crowd.

Ann Arbor fan Gary Ceccolini was pleased to hear jokes he had not heard before. “I’ve seen his specials on TV, and I think he’s hilarious. I came expecting a certain type of program, but the material was new for me. I enjoyed the show thoroughly,” he said.

Jessica Ceccolini bought tickets right away when she heard White was coming to the Michigan Theater. “I really love the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, but seeing him live was totally different,” she said.

Newlyweds from Battle Creek Ed and Amanda Hammock made White’s show a “date night.” “She surprised me with the tickets. Ron White is awesome, man. I’ve been a big fan of his for years, so it was just great that she got them,” he said. He particularly liked his story about Dr. Phil, a friend of White’s referred to as “the Doc.”

“It was a great show. When he starts talking about marriage it’s really funny. He gives an interesting perspective,” said Todd Recknagel, a fan from Ann Arbor.

Colby Miller from Wixom has seen White on TV before, but he says the live experience is different. “For one thing, whenever I watch him on TV, they always censor it. It’s more fun to see him live. When you start censoring, you miss things. You don’t always get the punchline. The live show was really funny,” he said.

“Ron White’s Salute to the Troops” airs again on CMT on October 13 at 8 p.m.