Ask standup comedian Ralphie May why his style sounds so fresh and he'll tell you it's all because of hip-hop. "Rap is the music, hip-hop is the lifestyle" says May, and you can hear his allegiance to the lifestyle in his use of slang and street-smart flow. Born in Chattanooga, TN, but raised in Clarksville, AR, May grew up listening to Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Sam Kinison. He began working on his own routine at the young age of 13. Three years later a car accident would leave him in a coma for ten days. With 42 broken bones, he was immobile for quite some time and his weight ballooned. Since then he has fought his weight problem, but he doesn't dwell on it in his act, seeing it as an easy way out and the confident May is always up for a challenge.