Comedian Ronnie Jordan visits Cabrini

By Christy Ross
April 10, 2008

“Let me get a hot dog water on the rocks, please.”

This was part of the opening joke told by comedian Ronnie Jordan at his performance in Jazzman’s on Monday, March 31. Cabrini College was Jordan’s 62nd stop on his college tour out of 100 colleges.

Jordan was booked by Cabrini Activities and Programming Board when they went for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) conference in the beginning of the school year.

“At the NACA conference I just felt really comfortable performing. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I booked 46 shows at the conference,” Jordan said in an interview.

Jordan made the entire crowd in Jazzman’s burst into laugher with his jokes about his weight, former American Idol winner, Ruban Studdard and by far the crowd’s favorite, singing to a honey bun pastry.

“My favorite part is when he sang to the honey bun pastry – very strong finish,” Kimberly Cummings, senior human resource management major, said.

Jordan is an Atlanta, Ga. native who went to West Georgia College and studied mass communication and radio broadcasting. Jordan said his first time performing came at an open mic night at the popular Uptown Comedy Club.

“The night I first performed I went to the Uptown Comedy Club. All of the comedians before me were getting booed by the crowd. I went up there and did really well – the club asked me to keep coming back and performing,” Jordan said.

Jordan has also performed at major arenas like Madison Square Garden in New York City. Jordan toured and performed at various venues for “The Kings and Queens of Comedy” reality show that was supposed to air on television. The tour went on and Jordan took first place and a prize of $25,000. Unfortunately, the show was never picked up to be aired on television.

“I still got my money though,” Jordan joked.

Jordan will continue his college tour around various schools in the country. Jordan really enjoys performing on stage and making people laugh.

“I really like ‘turning the crowd,’ if I see someone who isn’t laughing that much at my jokes, I’ll make sure they have tears in their eyes from laughing so hard by the end of the show,” Jordan said.

“This is the second time I’ve seen Ronnie Jordan. He makes me laugh every time,” junior special education major Mary Kate Korp said.

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