Ron White is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. But with two Grammy nominations, a gold record, three of the top rated one-hour TV specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units, White has established himself as a star in his own right.
Ron has always been a storyteller; relaying stories from the time he was a boy growing up in a small town in the middle of Texas oil country to selling windows for a living in Arlington to performing in sold-out theaters and arenas as a headlining comedian all across the country. For two decades he lived the life of a struggling comedian, bouncing around to comedy clubs and driving to gigs in his beat-up Nissan pickup truck to becoming a successful middle act club comic. He paid his dues.
Then it happened. From January 2000 through March 2003, Ron performed with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy in the highly acclaimed “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” a show that played to sold out audiences in over 90 cities and grossed over $15 million. Warner Bros filmed the tour and Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie was released as a major motion picture in theaters in March 2003, later premiering on Comedy Central as the highest rated movie in the channel’s history.
Tickets, $47.75 and $57.75, go on sale Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can purchase tickets beginning today at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at themahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.
Special VIP packages are available.
The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.