‘Blue Collar' comedian to perform at O'Dome

Ron White will perform his stand-up act on April 2; tickets go on sale on Feb. 5

Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.

Ron White, the Scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking, edgier funnyman of the Blue Collar gang, will return to the O'Connell Center for a performance on Friday, April 2, with tickets going on sale Feb. 5.

One of the nation's top-drawing comedians of the past several years with CD, DVD and book sales of more than 10 million, White nearly sold out his first appearance at the O'Connell Center, a September 2007 performance that drew 5,300 out of a 6,000 capacity, said Lynda Reinhart, the O'Connell Center's director.

“He does very well in our market, and we're excited to have him back,” Reinhart said.

As opposed to the good ol' naughty-boy personas developed by fellow Blue Collar comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, White has honed a slightly darker-tone style hinted at by the name his current tour, “Behavioral Problems.” As in 2007, his April 2 appearance is being billed “for mature audiences.”

White's “Behavioral Problems” special on Comedy Central in 2009 drew more than 3.3 million view- ers, making it the No. 1 stand-up special of the year on the cable.

channel. Such earlier works as his 2007

album, “You Can't Fix Stupid,” stayed at No. 1 on Billboard's Comedy Albums chart for nine weeks.

The comedian also has two Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album, including a 2007 nod for “You Can't Fix Stupid” and another for the CD that featured White, “Blue Collar Comedy Tour — One for the Road.”

Tickets for White's 8 p.m. performance, which are $39.75 for reserved seats and $25 for University of Florida students with ID, go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5 through Ticketmaster outlets, including the University Box Office.

Contact Bill Dean at 374-5039 or bill.dean@gvillesun.com

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