01-25-12-ron-white.jpgComedian Ron “Tater Salad” White brings laughter to the Crown Center Theatre on Friday, Feb. 3, performing in Fayetteville for his Moral Compass Tour.

Even though he couldn’t comment on the content of the show because he doesn’t want to spoil what is in store for his fans, White did promise “You won’t breathe for an hour and 30 minutes.” It’s just that funny.

Being in the show business for 26 years, he has had the opportunity to perform 10,000 live shows and travel to 148 cities. The comedian does big shows three times a week and is thrilled every time. This performance is no exception.

This is not White’s first visit to Fayetteville, the comedian has a strong connection to the military and has performed at the Crown Center Theatre in the past. A Navy veteran, White is an active member of the Armed Forces Foundation, which he joined in 2008. The Armed Forces Foundation is a non-profit organization that devotes its time to bringing relief to the mem-bers of the Armed Forces community during their greatest time of need. The foundation provides direct financial support to military members and their families. In fact, 94 percent of all donations to this organization go to help our nation’s heroes.

The cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funny man is always thrilled when he is on stage. The response he receives from his fans gives him the validation that he still has the ability to entertain. “People going crazy in the audience is worth more than the price of admission,” he said.

White has been doing stand-up comedy since he was 29. He has been making people laugh all his life and knew that it was something that he wanted to pursue. White has led a successful career that includes Grammy nomina-tions, a New York Times Best-selling book, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour TV specials in Comedy Central history, and CD and DVD sales of more than 10 million units. White has also starred in two popular movies: Sex and The City 2 and Horrible Bosses. His latest movie venture, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, is a project that the comedian is thrilled about. White will star in the feature with Billy Bob Thornton, who also directed the movie. Robert Duvall also has a role in the film. The movie premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

“This is the biggest part I’ve ever played,” White said.

The Crown Center Theatre is thrilled to have the comedian perform again. Marshall Perry, director of marketing and sales, anticipates a sell-out for this show and stated that tickets are going very fast. “White will be greatly enjoyed by those who come to see the show. They will not be disappointed. Although the show is intended for mature audiences only, it will be very amusing to say the least,” said Perry. “He always does a great show and is very well received.”

White loves what he does and has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

“I plan on doing it as long as people want to see it” White said.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Crown Center Theatre, located on 1960 Coliseum Dr. Ticket prices range from $35 to $85. Tickets are available at the Crown Box Office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Photo: Ron White performs at the Crown on Feb. 3.

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