Ronnie Jordan returns to PC


Students anxiously waited in the lobby of the Jenkins auditorium on Oct. 28  for comedian Ronnie Jordan’s anticipated return.

Last spring, Jordan came to Piedmont College for the first time and received rave reviews from students.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Jordan was crowned “Comic of the Year” in 2011 by a record-setting 102 colleges.

A close friend of Jordan’s, up-and-coming comedian Yohance’ Collins also performed in this year’s show. 

Collins opened the show for the first 15 minutes and had students roaring with laughter. Not exactly new to stand-up, Collins has been doing comedy for the past five years. 

He was once a cast member of the MTV hit reality television game show “Yo Momma” and Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes Season Four: Las Vegas” on the TV One network.

“I loved the crowd,” said Collins. “A fun comedy crowd is what I call them.”

When Jordan was introduced, students were not disappointed as he walked out onto the stage with new, old and on-the-spot material for the next hour and a half.

“I was excited to come back because I live about 45 minutes away from Piedmont,” said Jordan. “I’ve been out of town like crazy, and my wife is pregnant, so I get excited when I get a show in town.”

Jordan said he currently has three other shows coming up and was happy to try out some new material on Piedmont’s crowd.

“I come up with new material every day,” said Jordan. “I made up some stuff tonight, and the audience responded pretty well.” 

To keep it relatable, some of the things Jordan joked about were roommate issues, financial drawbacks of a college student, being sexually active in college and his experiences growing up in Atlanta.

Jordan had nothing but kind words for his traveling companion and opening act Collins. Collins has been performing with him for over a month. 

“Yohance’ is cool, and I think my agency will pick him up,” said Jordan. 

“College crowds are a totally different animal, and I’ve been kind of showing him the ropes on what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate. We help each other with material, and it works out.”

After the show, Jordan sold T-shirts, hats and DVDs to students and faculty willing to buy. 

Jordan also encouraged the audience to follow him on Facebook at, Instagram and Twitter at @ronniejordan. He also offered to take pictures with anyone after his performance.

One student, who was still talking about the show moments after, was very happy he came. 

“It was the funniest comedy show I’ve seen in like, ever,” said sophomore biology major Allen Tokarz. 

“It was the first one I have ever been to, and it was really good.”