T.H. Harris Auditorium was ‘turnt up’ with laughter last Wednesday night as comics Steve Brown, J.J Williamson and Tony Tone performed during the Tiger Fest2k13 Comedy Show.
Host Steve Brown is no stranger to GSU, and neither are his unique sense of humor and antics. Highlights included Kendrick “K.K.” Smith’s rendition of Usher’s “Nice and Slow,” J.J. Williamson’s reference to “freezer meat,” and Brown orchestrating the GSU Tiger Fest 2k13 Harlem Shake video led by Dalfred Jones.
Brown kept the crowd hyped along with co-host Peter “P.Skillz” Dorsey and DJChase, originators of ShakeBackMusic. Brown’s signature anthem and interaction with the crowd were reason enough to have spent the money on a ticket.
The show opened with Tony Tone, whose flawless impersonations of familiar characters from “The Simpsons,” “Transformers, “and “Family Guy.” He had the audience reminiscing about childhood adventures and receiving a memorable “whipping” from momma that we can laugh about now.
“What’s the air set on? Africa?” headliner J.J. Williamson asked before beginning his set. You may have seen Williamson on BET’s Comic View or in “Johnson Family Vacation” alongside “Kings of Comedy” Steve Harvey and Cedric The Entertainer.
Williamson entertained GSU students, who are renowned for being a tough crowd.
Brown admitted, “Grambling students keep you on your toes because y’all just stare and don’t say anything. The worst heckling is not saying anything.”
Williamson didn’t have that problem at all as he told anecdotes of ”tater tot day” in elementary school, having ”the talk” with his daughter and his impromptu proposal to his wife. He said his style of comedy is “way left” and he uses “everyday life” as inspiration for his material. With a routine like this one, his life must be hilarious.
Brown announced that “P.Skillz” would be co-hosting the Bayou Classic Comedy Show with him. Brown shared his career started when he was hosting a show at Stillman (no, not Hillman) College and Rickey Smiley invited him on the road, and the rest is history. Although Brown is 45, he credits his popularity with younger audiences to his self-proclaimed “reverse-age mentality.” “Young a**** wanna hear stuff on their level!”
One thing is for sure; this year’s Comedy Show was nothing short of entertaining. To aspiring entertainers, Tony Tone had this to say: “Stay persistent, consistent, develop thick skin, be patient, keep gridding and don’t stop dreaming.”