WASHINGTON (Feb. 28) -- Actor, comedian, rapper and radio and television personality Nick Cannon performed his latest standup comedy act to a packed Cramton Auditorium in a Hope for Haiti Relief Fund Fundraiser to aid the thousands of Haitian residents still recovering from the Jan. 2010 earthquake.
Along with Cannon, the show Feb. 24 show featured stand-up comedian Billy Sorrels, who also performed at the Homecoming Comedy Show last year.
Most students came away pleased.
"I usually don't like standup comedy shows," said Adiana Wilmot, a junior health management major. "But I really enjoyed the fundraiser show. Billy Sorrells was really funny and even Nick Cannon. I was actually really surprised at how funny Nick Cannon was. I don't remember him being that funny, but I really enjoyed myself."
Another student wasn't that impressed with Cannon.
"I thought it was a great benefit show, but I just don't find Nick Cannon to be that funny," said Michael Roy, a junior legal communications major.
Cannon spent most of his set making light of the spat between his wife, singer Mariah Carey, and rapper Eminem. He talked about how he was preparing to be a father to twins and his up-and-coming comedy sketch.
After chanting to see Nick's infamous Mariah tattoo, Cannon removed his shirt to show the huge tattoo of his wife's name across his back.
Cannon began as a teenage comedian on Nickelodeon's All That before going on to host 'The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'N Out, and America's Got Talent. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce. As a rapper, he released a self-titled debut album in 2003 with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. Kelly.
Friday night's performance was free, but a donation was collected, all of which will benefit the Haitian Relief fund.
The show was hosted by Howard student Jae Murphy and co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Student Life & Activities, the Howard University Student Association, the Howard University National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Yearbook and the Haitian Student Association.
The Hilltop newspaper contributed to this report.