Comedian Ralphie May overindulged on something before his Jan. 15 gig in Grand Junction, Colorado — and some media outlets are reporting that it was the state’s legal marijuana that left May slurring his way through his set and some of his fans angry they didn’t get the show they were promised.
May’s headlining gig on Thursday at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction started late — and strange, according to audience members who said May was “slurring his words, not speaking directly into the microphone and leaning on stools on the stage,” according to a KJCT report.
“He was like a kid in a candy store, being in Colorado for the first time since pot became legal,” a source from May’s camp told TMZ, pointing toward May’s affinity for cannabis-infused edibles.
The Cannabist reached out to May’s team for a comment on Friday morning. We’ve not heard back from them yet, but sure enough, May had been tweeting about the wonders of legal, store-bought pot early on Thursday morning.
Nice joint Colorado Springs. Boulder very weak with the heavy handshakes. Represent power to the People. pic.twitter.com/jQOiEMz7I7
— Ralphie May (@Ralphie_May) January 15, 2015
During May’s Grand Junction show on Thursday, 30-40 unhappy fans had gathered in the Avalon’s lobby. Three Grand Junction Police officers walked May “out of his show for his own protection,” according to KJCT.
— 99.9 KEKB FM (@KEKBCountry) January 16, 2015
TMZ posted this video of May being escorted out of the theater. Sure enough, he’s not making a ton of sense as he talks to his fans.
And maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that May had an encounter like this while in Colorado. A few days ago, after rapper 2 Chainz had debated marijuana legalization with TV pundit Nancy Grace on live television, May reached out to the hip-hopper with an offer of shared edibles.
— Ralphie May (@Ralphie_May) January 14, 2015
Some diehard May fans apologized to the comic via Twitter for the fans who complained.
@Ralphie_May I want to apologize for the dick people at the show here in Grand Junction. We're not all shitty. Thanks for the show.
— Tyler Veatch (@AWOLty) January 16, 2015
— Chocolate Scientist (@StormyBluePup) January 16, 2015
@Ralphie_May thanks for coming to Grand Junction ! Finished strong. Once the assholes where gone!
— Andrea Moncy (@andygirlmoncy) January 16, 2015
May responded to the above tweet at around 10 p.m. Thursday with an apology that he “wanted it to be the greatest night.”
@andygirlmoncy I'm so sorry their shit sound and the assholes. I apologize I wanted it to be the greatest night.
— Ralphie May (@Ralphie_May) January 16, 2015