Behavioral Problems

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It’s a paradox that faces many entertainers: You become rich and famous in part because people can relate to you . . . and then you’re so rich and famous that people can’t relate to you anymore. That’s a particular occupational hazard for the “blue collar comedy” subgenre, the appeal of which depends on its ability to relate to working-class people. Ron White deals with that problem in a typically straightforward way—by happily acknowledging that things have changed since his breakthrough with 2003’s Drunk in Public. “I have an airplane that you guys . . . bought me,” he notes sheepishly at one point on Behavioral Problems. “Thank you! It’s nice.”
That little admission comes as Ron launches into an uproarious tale about his bust for marijuana possession last year, which should indicate how little success has changed this lovably misanthropic pottymouth. Behavioral Problems mines its humor from its creator’s continuing frustration with the stupidity that relentlessly confronts him every day—and since stupidity never seems to run out, Ron White should be in business for some time to come.

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