Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 02:10
Jaisee Starr | The Mirror
Comedian Ronnie Jordan creates consistent laughter with his unconventional comedic tactics, catering to audience members of all ages. He performed at the University Center Saturday as a part of family and friends weekend.
About 300 people gathered in the Ballrooms of the University Center Saturday night for the family and friends weekend comedy club featuring comedian Ronnie Jordan.
Jordan, from Atlanta, began his career when he was in college and has expanded it over the past 11 years. This stop was the first time he visited Colorado, and he will continue his college tour at two more schools in upstate New York.
The audience was a combination of students, parents, faculty members and a few children. The show was an hour-long performance full of comedy and laughter.
Jordan’s performance was about the college experience and included jokes about roommates, relationships, upper- and under- classmen, weather, college classes and parents.
During his stand-up, Jordan mentioned several times the discomfort of parents being at a college night comedy show, but it added to his overall comical performance.
“Who brings their mother to this comedy show?” Jordan said. “It’s like inviting her to an orgy.”
The audience laughed at Jordan’s jokes and parents enjoyed listening and reminiscing on their college experience.
“I enjoyed it,” said Marcy Robles, mother of freshman Courtney Robles. “We have seen enough comedy events and did not find this one disrespectful.”
Jordan said he is not really dirty with his jokes, but he insinuates and teeters on the fence. He describes himself as an aggressive PG-13 comedian who has no difficulty adjusting to the audience.
The traditional events coordinator for UNC’s University Program Council, Kelsey Murray, directed the event and was very pleased with the turnout. UPC predicted around 300 to 500 people would attend, and the results were very close to that estimation. The event was of no cost to all who attended.
“This is all student fee-funded,” Murray said. “Students pay a portion of student fees, and it all goes to UPC, so students are paying for this, so of course it’s free of cost.”
Murray found out about Jordan through one of her co-workers who mentioned Jordan being a hilarious comedian. Murray looked him up on YouTube and decided he was a good fit to bring to UNC, adding to the already diverse list of comedians who have performed at UNC in the past.
Although Jordan did his research on the university prior to his performance, he was confident in the audience’s response.
“College is college wherever you go, funny is funny wherever you go, so to me — not trying to brag or anything — but comedy is like breathing,” Jordan said. “It’s like me having a conversation with new friends.”
The University Program Council will present a free performance of “Be The Change,” a multicultural and multilingual theater production by El Teatro, a theater group made up of students in Greeley’s public school system on Thursday, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the UC. For more information, contact Shanice Clarke at (970) 351-3204 or email at Shanice.Clarke@unco.edu.