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Ron White opts out of Blue Collar Comedy Tour reunion concert on CMT

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Three of the four members of the original members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour have reunited for a 10th anniversary retrospective and concert to air in March on CMT.

A one-hour retrospective “True Blue: Ten Years of Blue Collar Comedy” will be followed by the live interview/comedy show, “Blue Collar Comedy: Ten Years of Funny” on March 13, hosted by Jaime Pressly (”My Name is Earl”). Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will recall their favorite Blue Collar comedy moments and play memorable clips from the tours. And they’ll do a little improv at the end, like they used to do on the original tour.

A decade ago, Alpharetta’s own Foxworthy, already a huge comic, was inspired to start the Blue Collar Comedy Tour after seeing the success of the Kings of Comedy. That tour featured the late Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Steve Harvey.

Foxworthy brought in three lesser-known comics and the tour became a phenomenon, selling out theaters across the country. The humor was mostly genial and observational, with a Southern drawl that appealed to a broad between-the-coasts audience.

In some ways, Blue Collar became even bigger than the Kings of Comedy, generating a multi-year concert run, a movie, nearly 10 million in DVD sales and a TV show. Larry the Cable Guy became a massive arena act. Engvall nabbed his own TV show on TBS, which lasted three seasons. Foxworthy became host of the now syndicated CMT show  “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” White wrote a best-selling book and has continued to be a headlining comic in theaters.

Why is White, a part-time Suwanee resident, not part of the reunion concert? His manager Kathy Nelson today told me he opted because because “his comedy has gone in a different direction.” White has always been the edgiest of the four comics and it sounds like it’s only gotten bluer over time. White didn’t want to water down his material for the Blue Collar audiences expecting the more PG/PG-13 stylings of the other three.

Ron White opting out of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour reunion

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White did do interviews for the retrospective. “He’s still friends with the guys,” Nelson said. “He had lunch with Foxworthy two weeks ago.” She said he hopes to be at the Fox Theatre this fall.

I reviewed the original “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” movie a few years back and the DVD actually used a segment of my review as a blurb on the cover. (You might be able to barely discern my name on the cover on the top left corner of this blog entry.)

I’ll write more about the specials when I get the screeners closer to the day of the airing.

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9 comments Add your comment

.Mary Holt

February 3rd, 2010
6:14 pm

Ron White’s nasty jokes are embarrassing. The other guys are naturally talented, funny and don’t have to use filthy language to get a laugh…

KC Lowlife

February 4th, 2010
12:48 am

Well Mary, that’s your opinion. I happen to think that the low brow humor of the other 3 members of the tour is more embarrassing. And it is not just language, but content, that separates Ron from his old cohorts.

Ron should be respected for standing up for his self as an honorable man, who by the way invests a TON of time on USO tours to support our troops. What should he have done instead? Show up to a PG show and offend people?

sugarfoot

February 4th, 2010
7:16 am

To me, the cable guy is the most crude of the group. Ron White is actually the funniest.

marco

February 4th, 2010
9:14 am

I don’t like the voting options, as I would select both. There really isn’t an issue here; White didn’t do the TV show either.

Gary

February 6th, 2010
1:28 am

Ron is a great compliment to the group and it is sad that he will not participate in the show. However, I understand as his shows are now more edgy and he understands the other three and their audience. While he, Larry, and Jeff have evolved and opened up their acts a little more over time…..poor Bill Engvall can’t seem to get a laugh on anything other than that tired ole schtick that is “Here’s your Sign.” Still a great guy though.

Debbie

February 19th, 2010
10:56 am

Sorry to say, the tour won’t be the same without Ron. The other three are funny, but Ron was always the one who was down right hilarious! I was really looking forward to them coming back out on tour and was hoping to get tickets, now to be honest, I am kinda just disappointed…

brian

March 3rd, 2010
3:35 am

I have never seen these guys live but have enjoyed every moment on the net .Ron Whites humor will be missed with the other Guys but they will all live on and I am sure that Ron will be great

Cher

March 5th, 2010
4:02 pm

Ron White is probably TOO DRUNK & ILL from both drinking & smoking CON-
STANTLY while ON stage, let alone in private & anyone who doesn’t think THAT may be the in “DENIAL”; “the river that flows through Egypt”!!!

Patrick

March 14th, 2010
5:00 pm

Ron White is Hilarious, as are the rest, It is a shame he won’t be joining for the retrospective, and concert date. His comedy was more on that edge though, and maybe he did not want to confuse people who would purchase a ticket to his new show based on this and then become upset.
I hope all is well between Ron White and the Rest of the gang.
Their Blue Collar Comedy Tour was magical.
P.S. anyone know why he did not participate in Blue Collar TV?