Ron White: A Little Unprofessional
Texas born and bred, Ron White earned the nickname "Tater Salad" in the Navy for his love of the side dish. When he returned from service, White decided to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian, driving around Texas on tour dates in a Nissan pickup truck. In 1990, he recorded his first comedy album, Tater Salad aka. Busted in Des Moines. After struggling to book tour dates at smaller stand-up clubs, Ron White was discovered by Jeff Foxworthy and invited to join the Blue Collar Comedy Tour in 2000. White's tales of drunkenness and adventures in Texas, told in a laid back style (cue the cigar and Scotch), became a huge hit with audiences.
The exposure brought Ron White hundreds of more high profile tour dates, as well as his second solo stand-up album, Drunk in Public. The album went gold and was soon followed by White's first Comedy Central stand-up special, They Call Me Tater Salad. While the DVD version of the special flew off the shelves, the CD version ended up going multi-platinum. Ron White's next stand-up special came in 2006, titled You Can't Fix Stupid; the album shot to the top of Billboard's Comedy Albums chart and was nominated for a Grammy.
Shortly after the release of his 2009standup special, Behavioral Problems, White formed his own record label with Michael Blakey called Organica Music Group (OMG). The label caters to both emerging and established comedians and musicians, and released White's most recent stand-up video, A Little Unprofessional.
While Ron White may not have as big a presence on television and movies as he once did, he has split his time between stand-up tours and appearing with his wife, singer Margo Rey, who suffers from breast cancer.