Comedian Ralphie May admits, ‘I’m really messed up’ and enters rehab

By | October 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm | 7 comments | feature slider, News | Tags: , , , ,

Comedian Ralphie May has made good on the promise he made Oct. 1 through Twitter to enter a rehab facility to get help with his weight and mind. And although his wife, musical comedian Lahna Turner says he’d rather be home than in the Malibu facility, “It seems to be helping, somewhat. He seems to be getting better. But he doesn’t want to be there. That’s the honest truth.”

Turner gave the update on the the latest episode of the couple’s podcast The Perfect 10, which opened with a phone call to Johnny Dare of 98.9 FM in Kansas City, recorded the day after May’s announcement. May gives listeners a better explanation as to why he felt he needed to take this step. “I’m 400-something pounds and I’m tired. I’m in a ton of pain, but I’m really tired,” he begins. “We’re taking positive steps. I announced it last night on Twitter. I’m going to a mental place. I’m going to work on my mind and go through all of the stuff that messed me up— as a kid, growing up. Lahna can fill you in.”

“Look, comedians aren’t cut from silk,” May continues. “I’m really funny which means I’m really messed up. I’ve got like three dates that I have to take a break and go do because I’ll get sued. It’s a Vegas date, but I don’t drink so Vegas has never been a big problem for me. I’m going into a 45 day thing, down in San Diego [Turner says he’s in Malibu, so plans must have changed]. I’m trying to get a grip on this and make my life better because my wife and children deserve a husband that doesn’t hurt all the time and can be more active and get control over my weight. I think if I fix my head, the weight will follow. That’s what I’m working on. That’s what’s important to me.”

The dates May is talking about are Oct. 26 through 28 at the South Point Casino. His next shows after that will be at Stand Up Live in Phoenix from Dec. 28 through Dec. 31. Some of his canceled shows are already starting to be rescheduled. You can check out his tour page here for updates. We wish Ralphie, Lahna and his family the best.

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  • M Dukes

    I certainly wish him well. He is the greatest in MHO.

  • castorchua

    wish him the best, he’s goddamn funny

  • Adura

    He’s a very smart guy, most comedians are — you have to be quick and observant and a good communicator to successfully amuse people the way he does — so I believe if he’s properly motivated, he can channel these talents into getting himself to the mental place he needs to be to feel strong and content and in control of himself. I hope he succeeds; I want to hear his comedy for many more years, not news of his untimely end.

  • Marc Dodson

    Good luck Ralphie May. You’re the favorite comedian of the misses and me and we love cracking up at your jokes and life stories and can’t wait for more of your specials. Get well and get back to the family so you can wrack up the hilarious life stories that you tell so well.

  • Pootlie

    Food can be more difficult than drugs to control. It’s good to hear he’s confronting that issue and the mental issues that cause him to seek out the crutch in the first place.

  • Khalil Ford

    Good luck to him.

  • Cameron

    If he’s going in there to curb the food addiction, that’s great. You tend to give up after awhile and you reach a point when you can’t lose weight. I went thru, had gastric bypass an lost almost 300 lbs(I was 448). Good luck, mister. It’s a long battle, but you’ll be better off in the end.

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