Who is Lahna Turner?
Lahna Turner is a musician, actress and stand-up comedian, perhaps best known for her roles in the movies “Teacher of the Year” and “Brand New Old Love”. She additionally came into the limelight as the better half of the comedian and actor Ralphie May, who passed away in 2017. She was born under the Zodiac sign of Cancer on 15 July 1975 in Ontario, Canada, then her family moved to Houston, Texas USA, so as of 2022, Lahna is 46 years old and holds American and Canadian nationality.
Early life and Family
Not much information is available about her family, background, and early life. It’s known that she was diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD) in primary school. From a young age, she developed an interest in music and literature.
After matriculating, she enrolled at Texas State University, while simultaneously working as a freelance photographer. At the age of 19, she started her internship at the non-profit news agency Associated Press and later found full-time employment there. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a focus on photo technology.
As an individual who grew up with a knack for the arts and performing, it was expected that after graduating, Lahna would explore numerous avenues of the entertainment industry, and in 2004 she released her first comedy album “Dick Jokes & Other Assorted Love Songs”.
After a couple of years of radio silence, Lahna kick-off her on-screen career in 2009, with her debut TV appearance as a commentator in an episode of the TV magazine show entitled “CMT Insider”. Honing her craft for a couple of years, she continued appearing in various shows such as “The Playboy Morning Show” and “Dog Whisperer with Ceaser Millan”.
In 2012 she recorded another stand-up comedy album entitled “If These Lips Could Talk “. Her album received airplay on various radio stations, including “National Lampoon’s Top” comedy countdown, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
In 2013 she collaborated with her husband, Ralphie, sharing her wits and serving as a producer for his comedy special “Ralphie May: Imperfectly Yours”, prompting her to consider making her own special. During the same year, they launched the podcast together entitled “Perfect 10”.
She released her first one-hour comedy production in 2014 entitled “Lahna Turner: So I Wrote a Song About It”, which displayed her unique ability to transform her uncensored everyday normal activities into hilarious lyrics and stand-up performance.
Her special received positive reviews, and Lahna began rising to popularity as a dim-witted, sharp, and relatable comedian who does not shy away from sharing personal and uncomfortable experiences which resonate with the audience and their lives.
Regarding her latest projects, in November she performed at the “Laugh-O-Rama”, presented by the Laugh Factory, with Matty Chymbor, Jay Washington, and Trey Elliot. Lahna regularly performs at the Comedy Chateau, Flappers Comedy Club, and HAHA Comedy Club. She often guests on various TV talk shows and YouTube podcasts and series.
In 2014, she made her movie debut as Ursula Featherstone sharing the screen with Keegan-Michale Key and Matt Letscher in the independent comedy film “Teacher of the Year”.
In 2017 she starred as Angel in the comedy/drama movie “This I Meg”, inspired by true events, which provides an insight into the life of an actress/comedian who struggles to succeed and navigate the social media wave.
In 2018, she had a small part in the drama romance “Brand New Old Love”. Lahna is also credited as a producer of the movie about her husband entitled, “What’s Eating Ralphie May?”, which was initially intended as a weight-loss documentary, capturing Ralphie and his family’s struggle with his obesity and addiction.
The documentary won “Best of Fest” at the Nashville Film Festival, and “Documentary of the Year” at the Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival. Lahna also produced the documentary film “360 Degrees Down”.
Nothing is known about her romantic life prior to dating and marrying Ralphie May. They met in Houston at a comedy club, and soon after started their relationship.
They walked down the aisle on 3 July 2005, and welcomed their first child on 5 September 2007, who they named April June May. On June 24, Lahna gave birth to a boy, named August James May.
It seemed that the couple was doing well, but after 10 years of marriage, the long-standing issues between the two, including Ralphie’s obesity, began to cloud a once-promising and happy marriage.
Reportedly, in 2015, Lahna filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences, and seeking joint custody of their children. Additionally, there were some rumors about Ralphie’s abusive behavior toward Lahna, but she never disclosed any information. The divorce was never finalized due to her husband’s premature death.
Lahna is very active on her social media platforms – her Instagram boasts nearly 6,000 followers, while her Twitter account has over 30,000 followers. She also has her own official site, on which she posts tour dates, upcoming projects, and details about her shows. In 2007 Lahna launched a self-titled YouTube channel on which she has posted over 200 sketches, excerpts from her stand-up specials, and skits; some of her videos are entitled “Lahna vs. Bagpipes”, “Waffles Sketch”, and “In All Your Nine Holes”.
Physical stats and Hobbies
Lahna is 5ft 5ins tall (165cm), while her weight is around 125lbs (57kgs). Her natural hair is brown, further adorned with blue eyes. She has a very fit body, which she maintains through regular exercise and lots of physical activity; in her free time, she likes to hike, climb, and snowboard.
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She is an animal lover, and owns a cat named Prince and a dog named Edith.
What is her net worth?
According to the latest sources, her estimated net worth is around $1 million, which she’s earned through her career as a comedian, actor, and musician. At the time of his death, her husband’s wealth was estimated at $2 million.
Briefly About Ralphie May
Tennessee native Ralphie May was a fellow comedian and actor who gained popularity for his extensive touring and comedy specials on several platforms, including Netflix. He launched his career at the age of 17 after winning a comedy competition held by Sam Kinison, who also encouraged him to relocate to Houston to improve his skills as a comedian.
Ralphie matriculated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream, where he scooped a spot in the first season of the show “Last Comic Standing”, finishing in second place.
Soon after, he began doing various comedy shows, and appearing in TV shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and “The Wayne Brady Showy”. He also collaborated with Comedy Central in releasing several stand-up specials such as “Prime Cut” (2007), “Austin-tatious” (2008), and “Too Big to Ignore” (2012).
He then released two Netflix comedy productions, “Imperfectly Yours” (2013) and “Unruly” 2015. Ralphie was well-known for his characteristic delivery of jokes and the variety of subjects he covered, including sexuality, medicine, and politics. He was also no stranger to making fun of himself,and taking on his health problems and obesity.
Ralphie’s health issues and death
Unfortunately, he struggled with being overweight most of his life, and in 2004 to do something about I, he joined the reality series “Celebrity Fit Club” and later had gastric bypass surgery, reducing his weight to 350lbs (160kgs).
In November 2011, he contracted viral pneumonia, resulting in a pulmonary embolism after a blood clot from his leg became stuck in an artery.
In October 2017, the world was shocked to find out that the beloved comedian had gone into cardiac arrest, and died at the age of 45. The official cause of death was a hypertensive cardiovascular disease caused by high blood pressure. Additionally, he had battled pneumonia for a prolonged period, and several other health issues.
His publicist later disclosed that before his death, he was supposed to have a meet-and-greet after his performance at Harrah’s, but he was not able to do so as his deteriorating condition had worsened.