By Earl Heath

MASHANTUCKET, CT

 

ImageIt was one of those nights when Cedric was being himself. Cedric ‘The Entertainer' was doing one of his comic shows at Foxwoods Resort Casino located in Connecticut. Just off the recent release of his latest movie "Code Name: The Cleaner', one of America's funniest comedians took the stage in front of two sell out crowds at the Fox Theater.

New England in January is one of the coldest places anywhere. "It's so cold outside," said Cedric. "I went by a Greyhound bus and the dog was on the inside looking out at me." That along with many other lines kept the crowd laughing out of their seats. 

One of "The Original Kings of Comedy", he was doing what fits him well, stand up comedy. He joked of political and social issues including Michael Richards famous for dropping ‘N' bombs at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. "Richards was using the ‘N' word in front of African Americans. If he had been using in front of n****ers, they would have been throwing chairs and ran him off the stage."

The show was basically for adults and those that attended had rave reviews. "He was a riot," said Sharon Lavine from Providence, RI. "He just kept us going all night. I'll never forget this."

Cedric, who was part of the now syndicated "Steve Harvey Show", has many other interests going on in his life. He has his own production company, A Bird And A Bear Entertainment. "Johnson Family Vacation" was his first film produced and "Johnson Family Vacation 2" is in the works.  He also founded The Cedric ‘The Entertainer' Charitable Foundation which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Scholarship Program provides scholarships from $500 to $5,000 to assist high school graduates in their first year of college. The foundation also has established a joint scholarship with the United Negro College Fund for high school students  in the St. Louis area who plan to attend a historically black university.  

Cedric has been one of many performers to play at Foxwoods that includes Guy, Mike Epps, BB King and Busta Rhymes. Foxwoods is the largest casino in the world that has over 1,200 hotel rooms and 6,700 slot machines.