Veteran stand-up comic Ron White told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday he is done with stand-up comedy.
His Fox Theatre show on Friday will be his last in Atlanta, he said. He plans to do more shows this year nationwide and wrap it up for good on New Year’s Eve.
“I don’t think it really makes sense to anybody but me,” said White, who is 65. “I’ve been doing this 37 years. I’ve loved the whole ride. I just feel like it’s time to put it down. I have a big year coming and that’ll be it.”
He added: “I’m in a good place in my life and comfortable with my decision.”
The affable White’s career took off in 2000 when Atlanta’s Jeff Foxworthy created the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and asked him to join Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. The tour, which went on and off for six years, was one of the most successful comedy tours in history with the movie version selling millions of DVDs.
Cigar in hand and a shot of tequila nearby, Texas native White would bemuse his fans with tales of drunken escapades. He found himself going from small comedy clubs to big theaters almost overnight. For the past 15 years, he has been a major headliner, stopping regularly in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Theatre.
For many years, he lived part time in an 11,000-square-foot mansion in Suwanee, Georgia, off a golf course, inspired to live in the area because of his buddy Foxworthy. But White decided to sell the pad in 2018 for around $2.5 million.
He ultimately bought a penthouse space on the 22nd floor overlooking the Colorado River in downtown Austin, Texas, where his son lives.
“It was my goal to retire in Texas,” White said. “I’ve been coming to Austin since I was old enough to lie.”
Austin, he noted, “is so hopping. With live music and great restaurants, it’s grown like a weed.” He even bought an additional plot of land south of Austin near a new golf course.