March 21, 2013

‘Knockin’ Em Dead’ comedy set for March 28

by Nathan Maul

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If laughter is the best medicine, then Southern Illinois University Carbondale is about to get some great free health care.

Student Programming Council Comedy and the Minority Student Leadership Conference will host the “Knockin’ Em Dead Comedy Show” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Student Center Ballrooms.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The show features up-and-coming comics Nema Williams, Ms. Cocoa Brown, and Ronnie Jordan.  Each of the performers’ experience includes working alongside some of the most popular names in comedy.

Nema Williams, of in New York, is a successful stand-up who is also an actor and writer. His work includes “1st Amendment Stand-Up,” and writing for NBC, Showtime, and Paramount Comedy.

Ms. Cocoa Brown is an actress and comic known for her fiery personality and honest approach to comedy.  She currently stars in Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse.”

Ronnie Jordan has been performing comedy on the main stage since earning ‘Rookie of the Year’ from Atlanta’s Uptown Comedy Corner in 2001.  He has performed alongside well-known comics Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle.

Emily Craske, University student programs coordinator, said the event’s purpose is to unite the campus in a fun way.

“The show is the perfect opportunity for students to gather and share their interests among a large body of their peers,” she said. “With this event, we hope to build campus unity and community by bringing students together to laugh and have fun on campus.”

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