Comedian Ron White will be in town performing at the Fox Theatre tonight and tomorrow. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour's sardonic bad boy recently spoke to Creative Loafing from his home in Suwanee, GA, about scotch, nicknames, and why he's coming down to hang with the city-slickin' Southerners this weekend.
How long have you been a scotch man? Is there something about that liquor in particular that helps you perform?
Well, a good buzz makes anything better, but I especially love scotch because it tastes like cake to me. And now I have a nice budget for scotch so I can drink any kind I want. I mostly drink the 18-year-old Macallan.
If you had to give up cigars or alcohol, which would you choose?
Um, living, I'd Give up living. That's the hardest question I've ever been asked, I honestly don't know which one I'd give up. I mean, I guess I'd say cigars because I love drinking, but that would be tough, I love cigars too. I'm smoking a cigar right now and drinking coffee... I've turned into a real health nut. (It was 11 a.m.)
What do you think your liver actually looks like?
Great! You know I just went through a rehab program about 3 or 4 years ago, and now I'm in a re-tox program, because I stopped drinking for six months, they took some pictures of my liver, said everything looked great and healthy, and I was like, “great, let's get out of here,” and I started drinking again.
You're from Texas, right? Where do your Texas football allegiances lie?
I am from Texas, and I root for the University of Texas and the Cowboys. I live in Georgia now though, and I like the Falcons too. My favorite sporting event is the Ryder Cup though, I love golf. I follow it like a soap opera, which it is.
Why did you decide to move to Suwanee?
Well, Suwanee is close to Atlanta, and Atlanta's a great base to tour the east coast from, it has the best restaurants in the world, the best steak in the world, and I don't care what anybody says. There are about four places in Atlanta that have better steak than anywhere else. But Suwannee - it's a great city, I have a house on a beautiful golf course, and I play a lot of golf, so I love it there.
How often do you still get out on the road to tour?
All the time. I did 136 cities last year.
Do you enjoy touring on your own, or as part of a group [Blue Collar Comedy Tour] more?
I definitely miss touring with the guys in the group, but I like performing better by myself because I like to get on stage and do more time. You know, when it's for of us, we all go out and do 15 minutes or a little more, but on my own I can get out and do the hour.
Who do you think is the funniest of the four of you?
Larry [the Cable Guy]. Well, Larry is the funniest, but I think Jeff [Foxworthy] is the best writer. He and I both grew up in houses with dirt yards and came from humble beginnings, so if I'm stuck on a joke or we're writing something together, I can get a solution from Jeff the quickest.
You've become well-known by the nickname "Tater Salad." If you could give yourself a new nickname right now, what would it be?
Well, since everyone gives me tater salad since that's my nickname, I guess I would change my name to "21 year-old pussy."
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