In his Hollywood career, audiences have seen Orlando Jones move from drama to comedy, from behind the camera to lead roles, with startling dexterity. From his portrayal of Clifford Franklin in the classic football film “The Replacements” to the hugely successful “Drumline” and singing and dancing in the Broadway revival of “The Wiz,” Jones continues to thrill and entertain audiences.
The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the host and beneficiary of the event, is pleased to bring back the former student thespian to the Emmett Robinson stage.
UPDATE: The show originally scheduled for Oct. 4, 2014, has been postponed. The “Sleepy Hollow” television show now requires Jones to film on that day. The box office will issue refunds to those who have already purchased tickets. The Department of Theatre and Dance will announce a new show date as soon as details are confirmed.
Emmett Robinson Theatre, located in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St., is where Jones discovered his acting talent and the joy of engaging audiences. He studied at the College from 1985 to 1990 and performed in a handful of theatre productions.
In the spring of 2012, Jones kicked off his comedy tour, which touches on various topics, from pop culture to current events.
Department chair Janine McCabe says, “It is refreshing to have a former student who has garnered great success, to not only share his talent on our stage, but also to support the Department of Theatre and Dance by donating part of the event’s proceeds.”
The show also will feature Alex Scott, whose comedy has been described as “the most relatable comedy in America,” as he deftly talks about growing up, careers, relationships and his six years in the military. Opening for the show is 21-year-old Reid Clark, a new comedian from Wilmington, N.C., who was discovered by Jones.
Tickets for the show are $30 general admission and $25 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees with I.D. Part of the proceeds will benefit the College’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets may be purchased online at theatre.cofc.edu or by calling (843) 953-5604. For mature audiences.
Orlando Jones began his Hollywood career at the age of 19 writing on NBC’s “A Different World,” FOX’s “Martin” starring Martin Lawrence, and writing/producing FOX’s “Roc Live” starring Charles Dutton. He later combined his writing and acting talents when he was handpicked by Quincy Jones to join FOX’s 14-yearlong sketch comedy franchise, “MADtv.”
Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson cast Jones in his first feature film “Liberty Heights.” Jones has continued working with visionary film directors including Paul Weitz, (“Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”), Peter Hyams (“Beyond A Reasonable Doubt”), Ivan Reitman (“Evolution”), Mike Judge (“Office Space”), Gary Fleder, (“Runaway Jury”), Harold Ramis (“Bedazzled”) and Oscar winner Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia”).
In 2011, Jones reunited with director Gary Fleder to star in ABC’s action crime drama “Identity,” produced by “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Criminal Minds” producers Mark Gordon and Deb Spera. “Identity” was written by Eagle Eye scribe John Glenn.
Jones also wrote, produced and starred in the graphic novel action comedy, “Tainted Love,” which was released by Machinima in 2013.
This year, Jones “appears” in Adult Swim’s animated series “Black Dynamite,” and he plays Det. Frank Irving on the hit FOX series, “Sleepy Hollow.”
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F. Alex Scott began his comedy career in 1997 in Washington D.C., while he was enlisted in the United States Air Force. Having never stepped on stage, he entered the DC Comedian of the Year contest in which he won second place. After only seven months of performing, he earned national fame when selected to perform on BET’s “Comic View.”
In 2011, Scott performed with the Leatherneck Tour, traveling to every Marine base in the U.S. and Japan for two years. Later, he was discovered by veteran actor/comedian Kevin Nealon, who introduced Scott to the world famous Laugh Factory on Sunset boulevard.
Scott has filmed videos that have nearly a million views, and he has been one of the few urban comics to break into mainstream Hollywood. This attention led to an opportunity to co-star with Orlando Jones in the pilot film, “Orlando Jones takes on History” and to be featured and to help write Jones’ graphic novel, “Tainted Love,” which has more than a million views on YouTube and Machinima Prime.
Scott has presented more than eight BET performances, including “Comic View,” “Coming to the Stage” and Kevin Hart’s “One Mic Stand.” His repertoire also includes appearances in Russell Simmons’ (HBO) “Def Comedy Jam,” “Stand Up and Deliver” on NUVO TV, and a performance in 2014 on Bounce TV’s “Off the Chain.”
Scott has written for the “Steve Harvey Show” and more recently the new “Arsenio Hall Show.”