Catching Up with Ron White

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Ron White is coming back to Tucson and he’s up to his old tricks: drinking, smoking and telling jokes.

Ron “Tater Salad” White may have a rough southern exterior, but it’s a mere shell to conceal his big heart. You might have caught White’s fourth annual “Comedy Salute to the Troops” benefit that debuted on Sunday. Don’t worry because you will have multiple chances to catch the 90-minute special during CMT’s CAN’T STOP LAUGHING WEEK. White invited his funny friends Gabriel Iglesias, Kathleen Madigan, Josh Blue, Roy Wood, Jr. and Geechy Guy on the bill to help raise money for the Armed Forces Foundation and create awareness for PTSD.

The special was originated when White was asked to visit some wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. “This is just another reminder that the country is still at war, and the soldiers that were blown up last year are still blown up,” White said.

The Texas native is a full time comedian.

White was forced to turn down a role in the Horrible Bosses sequel because he was going on nationwide comedy tour. White performs in 125 cities a year, and still finds time to work out new material at open mics in what ever city he’s in. “It’s all about writing new material. I think I'm a better comedian now than 5 years ago,” the 27-year comedy veteran said.

White is known for drinking scotch, but the alcohol aficionado has a big palette. “Fans think I only drink scotch, but I got a little more latitude than that. I drink a lot of red wine. Actually, I just drink a lot,” White confessed. The Blue Collar comedian says his favorite restaurant in the world is in Tucson, but his wife Margo Rey wasn't around to remind him the name. “The (restaurant owner) is a world renowned chef, it’s mexican (food) and she feeds me so much food. Your readers will know who I’m talking about.”

You can catch Ron White at the Desert Diamond Casino 1100 W. Pima Mine Road on Saturday, March 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. Click here to buy your tickets.

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