Ron White returns to Jaffa: Comedian brings ‘If You Stop Listening I’ll Shut Up’ tour
Ron White, the comedian affectionately known as “Tater Salad” will once again grace the stage at the Jaffa Shrine Center with his signature mix of cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking, in your face humor on Sept. 26.
White, whose 2017 show at the Jaffa sold more than 2,000 tickets, will revisit the venue this time as part of his “If You Stop Listening I’ll Shut Up” tour.
The upcoming Altoona stop will have different content than his 2017 performance at the Jaffa, but will be just as knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud humor.
“Ron White is very well known for never ‘recycling’ bits. When the tour has a new name, like this one does, the material is all new. Of course, it’s adult comedy and it’s very clearly labeled ‘for mature audiences’,” Ray Eckenrode, general manager of the Altoona Mirror and Altitude Entertainment, the Mirror’s stage-show promotion wing, wrote in an email.
Will Jones, Altitude Entertainment’s promotions and production manager, said that White coming back to Altoona for the show is an indication of how well he was received in the area the last time he performed here.
“Our show in 2017 did well; we were in the top tier of his shows comparatively on a national level. His return here says a lot about our area and the people coming out for it. It puts our area on the map with national agents. It shows we can sustain a big act,” Jones said.
Eckenrode agreed. “Our first show sold so well — 2,000 tickets and one of his top-grossing shows in the northeast — that we got ourselves on the map with his agent and then it’s just a matter of matching up schedules,” he wrote.
With schedules coordinated for the Sept. 26 show, White will give fans a performance true to the show more than 45 million viewers watched as part of his “You Can’t Fix Stupid” performance.
His popular comedy routines are top-selling nationwide and award-nominated. During the past nine years he has been one of the top grossing stand-up comedians touring in North America and has been nominated for three Grammys. White’s album sales also are impressive. Four of his comedy albums hit No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart and he has sold more than 10 million albums.
White is also responsible for creating an annual charity to support the troops. He created “Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops” in 2008. The profit from the sales of the tickets and DVDs for the annual show is donated to the Armed Forces Foundation, which assists troops and their families.
White’s large fan base enjoys seeing him perform in his television shows and on the stage. He resonates with people because he always says what is on his mind — even if it might not be proper to hear. He has stayed true to this role since his wildly popular Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a tour he helped found, with other well-known comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.
“Well, his original ‘Tater Salad’ persona obviously connected with fans during the blue collar comedy era, but he’s also changed and grown as a comic since then. He’s a guy who often says what people think but would never dare say, and that creates a powerful connection with audiences. His fans are very, very loyal,” Eckenrode wrote.
Audience members can expect White to say what he is thinking at his upcoming Jaffa performance. Tickets for that upcoming show have been selling quickly as the area is ready for more of his gut busting humor.
“People love him and are really looking forward to it. Ticket sales are going well,” Jones said.
If you go
What: Ron White
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26
Where: Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona
Admission: Tickets are $49 or $59. VIP packages also available for $255 and $145 plus fees.
For tickets or more information: Online at www.jaffashrinecenter.com, by phone at 814-944-4043, in person at the Jaffa Shrine box office or on White’s official website: www.tatersalad.com.