Well-known comedians perform at LC


Breanna Rae Weber

Roy Wood Jr. entertains students on Feb. 17 at the Pub.

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The Lakeland College Campus Activities Board (LC-CAB) has been hosting Funny February for several years. For Funny February, LC-CAB brings in comedians from around the country to entertain students.

This year, the event has been in the Pub at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. New this year, LC-CAB is also holding a raffle for a Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. For each comedian attended, you receive a punch on a punch card. At the last comedian, all punch cards will be entered into the drawing for the gift card.

LC-CAB begins selecting comedians in April of the previous year. They send their executive team to the Nation Association for Campus Activities. Here the group views all different types of acts from magicians to comedians and select their favorites for the upcoming Funny February.

Peter Lee was invited to perform Feb. 3. His performance engaged the audience, and he had the crowd begging for more. Lee hails from Janesville. His television debut was in 2005 on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.”

Lee also works as an actor, and had his television debut on the CBS Soap Opera, “As the World Turns” in 2008. Also that year, he performed a half-hour special on Comedy Central.

In 2012, Lee worked as a both a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s “Video on Trial.” He also worked on NFL Network’s “Top 10’s” that same year.

“I thought he was fun, although I felt he got off topic sometimes, so that was a little distracting,” said Mayce Bacon, sophomore writing major. “But overall I had a good time.”

On Feb. 10, Chloe Hilliard took the stage. She rocks a killer afro and stands tall at 6-foot-1. The audience loved her performance, and multiple students stopped to take selfies with her afterwards.

Hilliard was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is a journalist-turned-comedian, and writes as both a culture and entertainment journalist.

Her national television debut was on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2003. The judges were astonished, because even though Hilliard had only three years of comedy under her belt before performing, she was hilarious, poised and acted naturally.

Before Hilliard’s performance, unexpected guest Dave Temple treaded the boards on stage. Temple is an upcoming comedian accompanying Hillard on her tour.

“We actually get them (unscheduled opening act) a lot when more famous acts come to LC. They might bring a small named act and they will perform for 10-15 minutes before the main act begins. It’s awesome because it’s a mini free show to warm up the crowd,” said Jacob Simonson, senior business management major and president of LC-CAB.

Roy Wood Jr. gave his performance on Feb. 17. The Black Student Union co-hosted the event with LC-CAB. Wood related with students about college struggles, from getting caught cheating to messing with Walmart greeters, Wood shared his life lessons.

Wood was born in Birmingham, Ala.. He began his comedy career in 1999 at the age of 19, when he was attending Florida A&M University. In 2002, he was one of the 10 national finalists in Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots” competition.

In 2006, Wood had his network television debut on “Late Night with David Letterman.”In 2010 he was one of the top three finalists on “Last Comic Standing” and followed up with the first of many appearances on “Conan.”

Next week, Funny February will come to a close with Sammy Obeid. Obeid is embarking on a national college tour, and his next stop is Lakeland.

Obeid was born in Oakland, Calif. He is the first comedian to ever perform for 1,000 days and 1,001 nights consecutively. His mission began on Dec. 26, 2010, and ended Sept. 21, 2013. During this tour, he appeared on TBS’s “Conan,” and aired on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Obeid will be performing Feb. 24 in the Pub. The raffle for the Buffalo Wild Wings gift card will also be taken place afterward.