Contact Us

Iowa City Venue Strongly Affected By Comedian’s Death

Pollstar Live! 2015 - Show
Getty Images for Pollstar

On November 25, 2017, comedian Ralphie May had been scheduled for an upcoming performance at the First Avenue Club in Iowa City.

He had become somewhat of a regular at the venue since placing second on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2003, most recently making an appearance in fall 2016, according to First Avenue Club owner Ned Mendenhall, who I spoke with briefly.  May’s death last week at the age of 45 has patrons who had planned to attend the show, scrambling to change their plans and the club is working with May’s management on issuing refunds.

The First Avenue Club’s website said in response to the passing of Ralphie May.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ralphie May. Over the past several years we have been blessed to have him grace our stage many times. I also have been lucky to have been a guest of Ralphie at many of his shows in Vegas. He will be greatly missed. We will begin sorting thru everything next week to begin issuing refunds to ticket holders. RIP Ralphie.You were a great comedian, great man and a friend. Heaven gained a heck of a man. I miss you buddy

He appeared in Cedar Rapids at Penguins Comedy Club in April 2014, according to their website.

Our thoughts are also with the family and friends of Ralphie May, another highly talented entertainer, gone too soon.

[Via First Avenue Club, Penguin’s Comedy Club]

Best of KDAT

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KDAT VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KDAT VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.