Ron White, all Scotch’d up and ready to smoke
“Are you Ron tater-salad White?” A police officer asked Ron White outside a New York City bar. A bar White had just been thrown out of. “Why, yes I am.”
It’s a story White is famous for telling, and the audiences continue to roar with laughter every time he tells it — as fans surely will when he visits Ann Arbor in November.
Famous for his scotch whiskey, cigars and crude and impeccably timed humor, White has been entertaining since his old Nissan truck days in Texas and has moved his way up to packed theaters, auditoriums, arenas and comedy clubs across the country.
After traveling on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, White released three solo comedy albums, “They Call Me Tater Salad,” “You Can’t Fix Stupid” and his current show, “Behavioral Problems.”
He has appeared on late-night talk shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, where he sat alongside Snoop Dogg.
To promote his appearance at the Michigan Theater on Nov. 6, White spent a few minutes of his time for a telephone interview with The Washtenaw Voice, during which he joked about his life, his comedy tour and . . . extracurricular activities on the tour bus.
“This bus is best for power drinking,” White warns all visitors. “Wear your drinking shoes.”
Q: Have you ever been to Ann Arbor?
A: Ann Arbor has always been a fun place to go. It’s a hip town, and anyplace that smells like weed is my kind of place.
Q: Where are you from?
A: A little town north of Amarillo, Texas. I live in Los Angeles now.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: A son, 19-years-old. His name is Tater-tot.
Q: How often are you on tour?
A: It never stops, but I change my material all the time. I do a show at night, get on the bus and we’re in (another) town the next morning. It’s kind of like FedEx. I have a plane but I don’t like to use it unless I’m going home.
Q: So who is on the bus when you’re traveling?
A: I travel with my road manager; he’s been my best friend since 6 (years-old), and I think that’s pretty cool. And I have my dogs. They’re French Bulldogs named Gourdie and Pearl.
Q: The question everyone wants to ask: What are you drinking on stage?
A: It’s Scotch whisky. My favorite is 18-year-old Macallan. It’s the best Scotch in the world. But I also have some Johnnie Walker Black, Johnnie Walker Blue, some Glenlivets.
Q: And do you always smoke the same kind of cigar during the show?
A: The cigar varies. I don’t have two of the same.
Q: Does anyone actually call you tater-salad?
A: No, just the fans. Some of my friends call me Tate, but I don’t think you want to know why.
Q: Where have you had the most fun doing a show?
A: Austin (Texas). It’s the funnest town I know. A big university town and it has the best live music in the world.
Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: I love rock ‘n roll. I’m really in to Margo’s (White’s girlfriend) music too. She’s really unbelievable.
Q: What is your favorite joke?
A: A salesman knocks on the door and a young chick in her bra and panties answers the door smoking a cigar. The man asks, “Are your parents home?” And the girl says, “What the f*** do you think?”
Q: What would you like to tell your Ann Arbor fans coming out Nov. 6?
A: Thank you so much for supporting my career all these years. I’ll probably stay late behind the building to smoke with the locals.