Comedian Ron White is a cultural anomaly. He’s a tough cigar-and-scotch man’s man who supports the troops, but also a dope-smoking marriage-equality advocate who believes that everyone’s a little gay. He’s toured with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, yet he’s never self-censoring about his feelings on social-conservative issues. “We’ll look back twenty years on these ridiculous laws and laugh real hard,” he says, referring to gay marriage and marijuana prohibition. “They put people in jail — really? For smoking a plant that grows naturally in a ditch? The more conservative people die off and more young people come in, it will change. But it takes generations to change anything.”
Although the self-styled comic enjoys expressing his opinions on world affairs, he has a strong distaste for topical comedians, preferring a more personal touch in his performances. “If you’re going to get your comedy from television, you’re not going to be doing it at the same level that I do it,” White explains. “It’s going to be similar to everyone else. I pull from my own life, so it has an original feel. Their stuff feels clunky and boring; they have structure writers who can sit around and do that shit all day. But not me. I’d rather smoke pot, watch cartoons and play some golf.”
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White will be working tonight, though, with shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are $46.75 to $56.75; for more information, visit denvercenter.org.
Fri., May 17, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2013