LIMA —- They call him Tater Salad. Comedian Ron White took his blue collar humor to Veterans Memorial Civic Center stage Thursday night.
To be sure, his show was meant for mature audiences only, as he talked about things you would never tell your mother, all while drinking and smoking a stogie on stage.
“This is definitely an adult audience and that’s on all of the advertising we do so we hope that everyone who’s coming knows what to expect. Diversity can be looked at in many different ways. We like to bring in quality wholesome family entertainment and we also like to bring in entertainment that’s a little edgy and Ron’s definitely on that side of things,” said Abe Ambroza, CEO for the Civic Center.
“I just graduated flight school for the Air Force, so my mom wanted to go see him because we’ve always been big fans of him. I’m in town for the next two weeks so this is the first thing we’re going to do,” said Nathaniel Fletcher, of Lima. “He’s always made me laugh.”
This is not White’s first rodeo in Lima.
“He’s been here before and Lima loves him. He’s a great entertainer. It’s amazing to me how talented someone has to be to say some of the same material and still get incredible laughs. He has a delivery that’s just incredible,” Ambroza said.
Many times big stars have riders in their contract, and some are a bit odd, but White’s big request is acquiring the right liquor he can drink on stage.
“He’s actually a tequila drinker so we did some work to make sure we had that. They all had their requirements and everything else isn’t anything more difficult or odd than usual,” said Ambroza.
Since the Civic Center is a no-smoking facility, some rules had to be broken Thursday night to allow White to smoke his cigars.
“It’s a part of his set so we have worked through the channels and gotten the permissions that we need to have that on stage,” he said.
White’s performance is made possible through the efforts of the Civic Center Foundation.
“We want the City of Lima and Allen County and all of the surrounding areas to be able to rely on the Civic Center, bringing in quality entertainment so that when you’re planning on spending those dollars on entertainment that you’re coming here to Lima, Ohio to do so,” he said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.