Smithfield Herald

March 24, 2014

Two comedians coming to JCC

Two stand-up comedians, Shang Forbes and Aaliyah Ford, are bringing their their humor to Johnston Community College on March 28.

Two stand-up comedians are coming to Smithfield to share the humor of everyday life.

Shang Forbes and Aaliyah Ford will perform Friday, March 28, at Johnston Community College, 246 College Road, Smithfield. Ford will open with a 30-minute set, and then Forbes will perform for about 90 minutes.

Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Forbes is known for his work on HBO and BET. He’s been part of a number of comedy shows, including ones on MTV, NBC and Comedy Central. Recently, he has been acting on TV, with roles on “NCIS” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.”

Ford, a Raleigh comedian by way of Chicago, started performing stand-up just two years ago but has already made the national scene.

“(It’s) some side-splitting comedy,” said Derrick Arnold, coordinator of student engagement and an adviser to JCC’s Student Government Association, which picked the two comedians. “It’s a great opportunity to let your hair down, the stress of your day, the stress of your life.”

Zilphia Adcock, manager of JCC Performing Arts, said the show will be PG-13 and appeal to a wide audience. “What both of them offer is very similar to Tim Hawkins, a funny approach to real life,” she said.

Adcock said JCC tries to bring bigger-name major performances to Johnston County. “As with most things that we have here in the auditorium, you don’t have to travel to Raleigh to see a great international or national act,” she said. “You can come here, the parking is free, within walking distance; we allow all of our food inside the auditorium; and it’s the same act that you will see in New York City or at the (Durham Performing Arts Center).”

Ford said she tries to find the humor in everyday life. “I do stories,” she said. “I share my problems in life and the experiences.”

Though relatively new to stand-up comedy, Ford said humor has been a major part of her life since childhood. She said she grew up silly, cutting up all the time and telling jokes.

“When I talk about real-life issues, people can relate,” she said. “I can connect with them even more. I talk about me and things I’ve been through, like childhood, growing up.”

Ford started stand-up when “the change of life” started happening: hot flashes and mood swings accompanied her menopause. She often felt sad, and the doctor suggested medicine. Instead, she picked up a microphone and started going to a comedy class.

Her slogan is: “Go comedy or go crazy.”

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