Chris Tucker Performs for Frostburg State University Homecoming
Frostburg State University’s Homecoming 2016 weekend kicked off Friday, October 21 with a stand-up comedy show by Chris Tucker presented by CES. Tickets started as low as $5 for FSU students. Frostburg students, alumni, and fans showed up to laugh and to get in the homecoming spirit. The comedy show took place in the Main Arena of FSU’s Cordts Physical Educational Center. Though the weather was rainy and inconsistent, it didn’t stop FSU from coming out for a night of laughs.
Chris Tucker is an American actor and comedian from Atlanta, Georgia, known for his high pitch and tempo in his delivery. After high school, Tucker moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in show business. He first made a name for himself by being a frequent guest on Def Comedy Jam in 1992, which led to him having several appearances on an ABC sitcom from the same year, “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” In 1994, Tucker made his film debut in House Party 3 as Johnny Booze. Tucker would further expand his filmography throughout the 90’s, appearing in Friday, Dead Presidents, The Fifth Element, Money Talks, and Jackie Brown. In 1998 Tucker was seen once again in the highly successful Rush Hour, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide and spawned two sequels that earned Tucker a total of $55 million.
At the time, Chris Tucker was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. In 2001 he was seen in the music video for “You Rock My World” alongside his friend/pop idol Michael Jackson. Chris Tucker disappeared from the spotlight for about five years and returned in 2012 in the film Silver Linings Playbook, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Since then, Tucker has returned to stand-up comedy and has been touring across America.
The comedy show started off with host Sherman Golden coming to the stage and getting to know the crowd. He first looked at the front rows and purposely mistook the alumni for college students. He continued to focus on the students, who were mostly in the bleachers, and joked about adults being in the front with students in the back. Golden shared his experiences of his college life in Ohio. He almost graduated, but after making a trip to warm Atlanta, he never returned to college. After his short segment, he welcomed to the stage the star of the night, Chris Tucker.
Before Tucker appeared on stage, a short compilation of his best moments, fan-favorite dialogues, and movies played on the screens. When Tucker finally did appear on stage, he began dancing, with the crowd greeting him with amazing applause. Besides showing off his dance moves, he later showed off his voice by singing parts of the Bee Gees, “How Deep Is Your Love.” Throughout the night, Tucker joked about growing up as the youngest child, school, politics, and sexual encounters. He showed the crowd appreciation for watching and supporting him in movies. Like any other visitor of Frostburg, he couldn’t leave without joking about the weather or the rural area of the college’s location. He explains how driving to Frostburg and seeing all the hills and mountains made him think that he was on his way to a jail. He ended the show by interacting with the crowd, and trying to figure where everyone was from; he joked about how close D.C. is to Maryland, and never knowing which state you’re in. This resulted in him making up a new location named D.C., M.d.
Chris Tucker is continuing to do stand-up comedy, and he can be seen on Netflix in his comedy show Chris Tucker: LIVE.