Donnell Rawlings holds “court” at CSU-Pueblo
The Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership held “Guy Court” on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Hoag Hall. Guest comedian and actor, Donnell Rawlings, who is best known as a cast member on Comedy Central’s T.V. series “Chappelle’s Show” and MTV’s “Guy Code,” hosted the event.
Rawlings put on a comedic show for a large turnout of CSU-Pueblo students, starting off with 30 minutes of stand-up comedy followed by two court cases.
“Guy Court,” an American comedy court show, airs on MTV2, and is a spin off to “Guy Code” where various entertainers tell stories of a special code of conduct that only exists within the male community.
“Guy Court” handles a variety of cases where the “guy code” has been violated, and Rawlings serves as the judge.
“I like “Guy Code” for its spontaneous comebacks and sarcasm, and I can kind of relate depending on the topic,” said Jonathon Thompson, a senior majoring in Psychology.
Opening to “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’” by American rapper French Montana, Rawlings was able to compel the audience with his use of relatable topics and interaction with students. The topics Rawlings used at the event varied from racial profiling, trends, technology, fitness and topics pertaining to the everyday life of college students.
CSU-Pueblo students Antonio Reyes, Anthony Herrera, Tyrell Strickland, and Jehu Saintjour participated as plaintiffs and defendants during the case portion of the show.
The first case consisted of Strickland filing a lawsuit against Saintjour for stealing his pair of Jordan shoes. The second case saw Reyes claiming Herrera was “too fratty” for their fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha.
“It was pretty fun participating. He was very entertaining. He was funny, and gave us stuff to work with,” said Strickland.
“I liked his jokes because a lot of it was like he was speaking the truth but making it in a funnier aspect so it wasn’t so offending,” said Danielle Dupont, a sophomore at CSU-Pueblo.
“I liked how he involved the audience; it just made it more fun,” said senior Marissa Grenard.
“My favorite thing about being in the entertainment business is making people feel good when sometimes, they don’t feel good about certain things,” said Rawlings. “Especially when they need a good laugh.
When Rawlings lived in Washington D.C., he would attend open mic shows every Wednesday as a heckler.
“People started coming out to watch me heckle out the performer,” said Rawlings. “Eventually the owner hired me to perform to shut me up, and that was how I got into comedy.”
“It’s so important in this business to stay grounded and humble,” he added. “But the first time I ever went on stage, I knew that’s what I was going to be doing.”
For future show dates or more information, you can keep up with Rawlings at http://www.donnellrawlings.com or follow him via Facebook and Twitter.