A taste of ‘Tater Salad’

By Tom Bukowski

NIU students and DeKalb residents and filled the Convocation Center Friday evening to see “Blue Collar Comedy” member Ron White perform his “Drunk in Public” comedy act.

Known for his lewd behavior, loose delivery, profanity-laden monologues and extravagant hand gestures, White performed to a mostly adult and college-age crowd.

“Ron White may be a little vulgar, but he’s an all-around good comedian,” said Kevin Selover, marketing manager for the Convo Center.

Aurora resident Randy Cherry received an e-mail from www.ticketmaster.com about the event a while ago. Being a White fan, he decided to go and brought his wife, Carol, with him.

“I’m definitely hoping for some good laughs,” Cherry said before the show.

Rockford resident Sheila Allen said her husband found out about the event the day before and she tagged along.

“I don’t even really know who Ron White is,” Allen said.

White was celebrated with massive applause when he entered the stage at 8:30 p.m. with his trademark cigar and bottle of scotch.

A majority of his act revolved around his wife, Barbara, whom he married last year, along with witty and blunt banter about popular culture and life in general.

The moment that got the biggest laugh was when White explained why he loves his wife for her intelligence.

“As a woman grows older, you can give her a [tummy-tuck], you can give her LASIK if her vision goes bad and you can give her a hearing aid. But you can’t cure stupid,” White said.

Revealed half-way into his act, the truth about White’s scotch came out when he let one of the audience members try a shot from his bottle. As it turns out, it was apple juice.

His act ended around 9:40 p.m., but not before he could get in his famous “drunk in public” monologue, which included the line, “[The police officers outside the bar] told me I had the right to remain silent, and I didn’t have the ability.”

The show began at 8 p.m. when fellow comedian Nathan Trenholm started the show, garnering many laughs from the audience regarding his troubles in the dating world and the homosexual stigma regarding roller blading.

The best crowd reaction from Trenholm’s performance came as he explained the values of visiting one’s grandparents.

“Old people don’t have Alzheimer’s, they just have really good drugs, Have you seen their medical cabinets?” Trenholm said.