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Comedian Ronnie Jordan is a man big in stature (this fact is a main topic of his act) and even bigger in talent. But applaud him ladies and gentlemen; he has lost eight pounds so far and is well on his way to gaining eight degrees of fame. Jordan is going to be big.
Jordan blew the lid off Café Q on Jan. 29 when he performed his stand-up act for students, faculty and guests. Jordan has shared performances with a number of well-known comics, including Dave Chappelle and Mo’Nique and headlined the RJE Comedy Cabaret Tour. He has been featured multiple times on BET and broke the college touring record last year, performing at 102 colleges in 112 days.
Two aspiring stand-up comedians opened for Jordan. Patrick Reynolds, a junior economics major, received a warm response from the student audience for his hilarious impression of students at the Quinnipiac gym and complaints on the new, complicated (root) beer pong rules.
Sophomore Brad DePrima, a media production major, also took a stab at stand-up. His musings on his experience as an American Eagle employee and his impression of the customers left the audience in stitches (especially those who have worked in retail). The audience was also left laughing as he covered the experience of going to court with his mom for a speeding ticket.
Watch both Reynolds’s and DePrima’s stand-ups here.
Ronnie Jordan had the audience of roughly 75 Quinnipiac students continuously laughing as he covered overdosing on Big N’ Tastys from McDonald’s after a bad day, being the fat guy on a plane and his surreal experience as the “only black guy in Maine.”
“Maine is damn cold…if it’s under 50 degrees, Atlanta [Georgia] is closed,” Jordan joked. “I walked around a Wal-Mart in Maine trying to stay warm and white people followed me around like they were the crocodile hunter.”
Delivering to the Quinnipiac population, Jordan also covered a variety of college-related topics. In an interview earlier this week, Jordan mentioned that he has a lot of college material from his time as a student. The Quinnipiac students could certainly relate to his material on book buy-back season, being placed in remedial classes, campus security thinking they are the FBI, roommates, and the personal “snack stash.”
Jordan explained that the snack stash is sacred and should not be touched by roommates. It contains all the best snacks from childhood like Capri Sun.
“College students love Capri Sun. Don’t like Capri Sun? You’re racist and I hate you a lot,” Jordan jabbed.
There was one portion of his act that left the audience in complete hysterics. Jordan proved that he was a gifted comedian with his uncanny impersonation of Ruben Studdard. But it was his imitation of “Peaches,” the fictional “super-gay” flight attendant that left tears in the audience’s eyes.
Jordan covered some controversial material, as most professional comedians do, but did so in a way that was so over-the-top, it would have taken an extreme radical to be offended. Just like the big names in comedy, Jordan knew how to effectively poke fun at himself and his culture. He fed off of his audience and improvised with skill. Unlike many comics today, Jordan did not rely on sound effects and wild gestures to get a laugh. Jordan is witty, charismatic, and skilled in his art and is well on his way to being one of the biggest names in comedy.
To learn more about the comedic stylings of Ronnie Jordan and watch clips from his performances, visit www.ronniejordan.net. Jordan can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Photo credit: Joe Pelletier