• Ralph Duren May was born in 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee
• He was an actor and stand-up comedian
• His net worth was estimated at $5 million
• He went through numerous tough times growing up
• He passed away in 2017 due to cardiac arrest

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Short Info

Net Worth$2,5 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 17, 1972
SpouseLahna Turner
MarkHis weight (450 lbs)
FactMarried to comedienne Lahna Turner.

Who was Ralphie May?

Ralph Duren May was born on 17 February 1972, in Chattanooga, Tennessee USA, and was an actor and stand-up comedian, best known for releasing numerous comedy specials through Netflix and other outlets. He also toured extensively to promote his stand-up act. He passed away in 2017.

The Net Worth of Ralphie May

How rich was Ralphie May? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in comedy. He also appeared in numerous other television shows, such as “The Wayne Brady Show”, but all of his achievements helped ensure his wealth prior to his passing.

Early Life and Comedy Beginnings

Ralphie grew up having a lot of tough times. He was raised in Clarksville where his mother worked as a florist, but his parents didn’t get along very well and they eventually hated each other, leading to divorce, but meantime he along with his three siblings were often the target of the fallout. She later sued his father for not paying child support. which he eventually stopped sending.

Ralphie and his siblings became very close with their grandmother, whom he credited as the one who really helped him and his siblings in growing up. It was also with his grandmother that he started learning about comedy, but she also taught him how to crochet and quilt. At the age of 16, he was the victim of an automobile accident which led to him breaking 42 bones, which added to his already growing obesity problem. The following year he bounced back, and won a contest to open for comedian Sam Kinison, who would later recommend him to try his hand at developing comedy in Houston. Ralphie subsequently matriculated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.

A Comedy Career

In 2003, May was chosen to become a part of the first season of the show “Last Comic Standing”, which is a competition between numerous upcoming comedians, which would lead to a television special and a cash prize. He would get second place in the competition, losing to Dat Pha, but drew a lot of attention, and would be featured in television shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Wayne Brady Show”.

Two years later, he was then invited to become a part of “The Big Black Comedy Show”, which featured Dennis Rodman, Vince Morris and Mo’Nique, the only white comedian invited onto the show. During the same year, he released his first comedy album, entitled “Just Correct”, and would later go on to record four Comedy Central specials, including “Too Big to Ignore”, “Prime Cut”, “Girth of a Nation”, and “Austin-tatious”. He also worked on two Netflix Specials, including 2013’s “Imperfectly Yours” and “Unruly”, and made an appearance in “For Da Love of Money”, and “Gathering of the Juggalos”.

Personal Life and Health Problems

Ralphie married fellow comedian Lahna Turner in 2005, and they would have two children but  filed for divorce in 2015, seeking joint custody of their children, but the divorce was never completed. He is known to have struggled with obesity for most of his life, even reaching 800 pounds after the car accident when he was 16 years old. Due to his obesity problems, he became a part of “Celebrity Fit Club” and underwent gastric bypass surgery, which lowered his weight to 450 pounds. He also lost 40 pounds after battling viral pneumonia in 2011.

During the same year, he suffered a near fatal pulmonary embolism while on a cruise ship, as a blood clot developed in his leg which became lodged in an artery. Two years later, he started a podcast with his wife entitled “Perfect 10”, a project which both of them enjoyed before their marriage started hitting turmoil.


It was noted that prior to his death in 2017, May’s physical condition had been suffering and he showed signs of a deteriorating condition. He had already canceled several shows over the last month before his death, and was scheduled to have events in Las Vegas. He went on a cruise, and during that time contracted pneumonia which he battled for several weeks before dying from cardiac arrest, survived by his wife and two children, his mother, two sisters, a brother, a stepmother, and two step siblings. Later in the year, a memoir about him was published entitled “This Might Get A Little Heavy”. In interviews, he often mentioned that he wanted to help people, and that he preferred not using fat jokes in his routines as he wanted to be known as a comedian who happens to be fat, not a fat comedian.

General Info

Full NameRalphie May
Net Worth$2,5 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 17, 1972
Height1.75 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Comedian, Film producer, Actor, Las Vegas, NV, United States


SpouseLahna Turner
ChildrenApril June May, August May, Las Vegas, NV, United States


MoviesLas Vegas, NV, United States, Ralphie May: Austin-tatious, Ralphie May: Prime Cut, Ralphie May: Girth of a Nation, The Big Black Comedy Show: Vol. 2, For Da Love of Money, The Big Black Comedy Show: Vol. 4, Ralphie May: Just Correct
TV ShowsLast Comic Standing, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Celebrity Fit Club, Las Vegas, NV, United States

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#Marks / Signs
1His weight (450 lbs)


1Married to comedienne Lahna Turner.
2Wife Lahna Turner gave birth to daughter, April June May, on September 5, 2007.




Ralphie May: Unruly2015Video
Ralphie May Filthy Animal Tour2014TV Movie writer
Imperfectly Yours2013TV Movie
Ralphie May: Too Big to Ignore2012TV Special documentary
A Video Diary from Iraq2009Documentary story
Ralphie May: Austin-Tatious2008TV Special documentary
Ralphie May: Prime Cut2007TV Movie
Ralphie May: Girth of a Nation2006TV Special documentary
1st Amendment Stand Up2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Big Black Comedy Show, Vol. 22005Video
Just Correct2004TV Movie


Inside Amy Schumer2016TV SeriesRalphie
Squidbillies2013TV SeriesPnut
The Best and the Brightest2010Security Guard (uncredited)
Cubed2010TV SeriesPizzi's Friend Ralph
Whoopi2003TV SeriesSammy
Spy TV2002TV SeriesVarious
For da Love of Money2002Otis


Imperfectly Yours2013TV Movie executive producer
Ralphie May: Too Big to Ignore2012TV Special documentary executive producer
A Video Diary from Iraq2009Documentary executive producer
Ralphie May: Austin-Tatious2008TV Special documentary executive producer
Just Correct2004TV Movie co-executive producer
Mohr Sports2002TV Series associate producer


Ralphie May: Too Big to Ignore2012TV Special documentary performer: "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" written by nm0002065 & nm1393657


My Life with Shaun O'Donnell2014TV Series special thanks - 1 episode


Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle2016TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Just for Laughs: All-Access2015TV SeriesHimself
Getting Doug with High2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Gotham Comedy Live2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Ralphie May: Unruly2015VideoHimself
This Is Not Happening2015TV SeriesHimself
Ralphie May Filthy Animal Tour2014TV MovieHimself
The Stars Are Aligned2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comics Unleashed2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Comedy Underground with Dave Attell2014TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Imperfectly Yours2013TV MovieHimself
Ron White's Vegas Salute to the Troops2013TV MovieHimself
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Burn with Jeff Ross2012TV SeriesHimself
Ralphie May: Too Big to Ignore2012TV Special documentaryHimself
Entertainers with Byron Allen2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
ES.TV HD2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Master Debaters with Jay Mohr2011TV SeriesHimself
Bob Zany: Close But No Cigar2010DocumentaryHimself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2010TV SeriesHimself
A Video Diary from Iraq2009DocumentaryHimself
The Emperor Wears No Clothes2009Documentary shortHimself
CMT Insider2009TV SeriesHimself
Cheech & Chong: Roasted2008TV SpecialHimself
Ralphie May: Austin-Tatious2008TV Special documentaryHimself
Chelsea Lately2008TV SeriesHimself
Live at Gotham2008TV SeriesHimself
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels2008TV SeriesHimself
Ralphie May: Prime Cut2007TV MovieHimself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2007TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2004-2006TV SeriesHimself
Ralphie May: Girth of a Nation2006TV Special documentaryHimself
VH1: All Access2006TV SeriesHimself
The Big Black Comedy Show, Vol. 4: Live from Los Angeles2005VideoHimself - Host
1st Amendment Stand Up2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Big Black Comedy Show, Vol. 22005VideoHimself
Baggin'2005TV MovieHimself - Host
Celebrity Fit Club2005TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Blackjack2004TV SeriesHimself
Last Comic Standing2003-2004TV SeriesHimself / Comedian - elimimated / Himself - Comedian
The Sports List2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest Speaker
The Wayne Brady Show2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Just Correct2004TV MovieHimself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHimself
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Comedian
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHimself
MTV Bash: Carson Daly2003TV SpecialHimself
The New Face of Late Night TV2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHimself
Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn2002TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night1998-1999TV SeriesHimself
Make Me Laugh1997TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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