Comedian Ron White relaxed on the back porch of his oceanside home in the California mountains.
"It's just paradise," White said in a telephone interview, days before he would trade his beach-front escape for life on the road.
White, best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking comedian from the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown.
"Any time you get a roomful of my fans together, I have a blast," said White, 54. "It doesn't really matter what part of the country it's in. We're all doing the same things - raising kids, putting kids through college, working - and we laugh at the same things.
"There is no region for comedy. People laugh just as hard in Winnipeg as they do in Jacksonville."
On the tour, White will have 29 shows in 18 cities across the country. His stop in Johnstown is sandwiched between performances in Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 15 and Red Bank, N.J., on Oct. 15.
"The only goal I have when I walk on stage is to make the crowd laugh as hard as they can," White said. "You won't walk away any smarter or dumber."
It took White the better part of two decades to become an overnight sensation known for his catch-phrase, "You can't fix stupid."
He would drive from club to club in his beat-up Nissan pickup, selling windows during the day to pay the bills.
His big break came as a member of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" from 2000 to 2003, alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry and Cable Guy.
"Who knows what would have happened? I don't," White said. "I'm certainly not an overnight success - I've been doing standup for over 16 years. But the big success was overnight."
White said his signature cigar and Scotch "evolved with me not knowing what to do with my hands. It started with beer and cigarettes. But I had to quit smoking cigarettes - they were killing me. So I started smoking cigars."
White has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, starred in three of the top-rated specials in the history of Comedy Center, wrote a New York Times bestseller, and sold more than 10 million CDs and DVDs.
The "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" played to sold-out crowds in more than 90 cities and grossed over $15 million.
In 2003, he released his first solo CD, "Drunk In Public," and starred in "They Call Me Tater Salad," the highest-rated Sunday show in Comedy Central history. The DVD/CD has sold more than 2.5 million copies and is certified multi-platinum.
A second hour-long show, "You Can't Fix Stupid, aired on the comedy network in January 2006.
White's book, "'Tater Salad' White: I Had the Right to Remain Silent ... But I Didn't Have the Ability," debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List.
He had a supporting role in the film, "Sex and the City 2," and can be seen in the upcoming movies "Horrible Bosses," starring Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacy, " and "Jayne Mansfield's Car," with Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall.
White said he enjoys playing in smaller venues like Johnstown.
"They're all fun," he said.
Tickets are $47.75 and $57.75. They are available at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Comedian Ron White coming to War Memorial
Comedian Ron White will perform at the War Memorial on Oct. 14.
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