Orlando Jones to headline C of C comedy show

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014

In his Hollywood career, audiences have seen Orlando Jones move from drama to comedy, from behind the camera to lead roles, with startling dexterity. From his portrayal of Clifford Franklin in the classic football film “The Replacements” to the hugely successful “Drumline” and singing and dancing in the Broadway revival of “The Wiz,” Jones continues to thrill and entertain audiences.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts is pleased to bring back the former student thespian to the Emmett Robinson stage – the very stage where Jones discovered his acting talent and the joy of engaging audiences.

In the spring of 2012, Jones kicked off his comedy tour, which touches on various topics, from family life to pop culture and current events. He looks forward to returning to campus, having studied at the college from 1985 to 1990 and having performed in a handful of theatre productions.

Department Chair Janine McCabe said, “It is refreshing to have a former student who has garnered great success, to not only share his talent on our stage, but also to support the Department of Theatre and Dance by donating part of the event's proceeds.”

The show also will feature Alex Scott, whose comedy has been described as “the most relatable comedy in America,” as he deftly talks about growing up, careers, relationships and his six years in the military. Opening for the show is 21-year-old Reid Clark, a new comedian from Wilmington, North Carolina, who was discovered by Jones.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St., Charleston. Tickets are $30 general admission and $25 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees with I.D. Part of the proceeds will benefit the college's Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets may be purchased online at www.theatre.cofc.edu or by calling 843-953-5604. The show is intended for mature audiences.

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