Comedian cracks up Tolliver crowd

May 7, 2008

by Casey Ardoin

Roy Wood Jr., a comedian from Birmingham, Ala., entertained students April 29 in Tolliver Hall.

The event was sponsored by Union Board, which brings comedians, magicians and musicians to campus every quarter on Tuesday nights.

Wood’s performance gave students a chance to take a break from studying and have a laugh.
He joked about everything from fast food restaurants to encounters with the police.

Chris Mayo, a senior aviation management major, attended the show and said he had a good time.

“I laughed the entire time,” Mayo said. “Some of the things he said might have offended some people, but it was all in good fun.”

He also said he had heard of Wood before but had never seen him perform.

“I’ve heard some of the stuff he does on the radio, but it was cool to see him in person,” Mayo said.

In 2008, Wood was featured on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam” and the E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately.”

Some of his previous gigs include appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and the first “Bob and Tom Radio Comedy Tour Special.”

Wood started his career as a news reporter for a radio station in Tallahassee, Fla., but soon switched to cracking jokes on air instead.

In 2001, Wood returned to his hometown and worked for the “Buckwilde Morning Show” in Birmingham, as head writer and producer until 2006.

While stand-up is part of his act, Wood is best known for the number of prank calls he has done that can be heard on over 40 different radio stations across the nation.

Some of his prank calls are featured on the three comedy CDs he currently has out titled My Momma Made Me Wear This, Confessions of a High School Bench Warmer and I’ll Slap You to Sleep.

While Mayo enjoyed the show, Nicole Thomas, a sophomore psychology major, said she was not too impressed by what she heard last Tuesday night.

“He was okay,” she said. “I mean, I’ve definitely seen better. Some of his jokes were not that funny.”

Nick McHugh, a senior biomedical engineering major, said it was nice to take a break from school stress.

“The show was good. It gave me a chance to forget about school for a second,” he said.
As for Wood’s performance, McHugh said he thought it was decent.

“I had a good time. Some of the stuff he said was off the wall, but it was OK entertainment,” he said. “Either way he made me laugh.”