Florida Classic Weekend Kickoff Show Starring Cedric the Entertainer

Acclaimed actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer will kick off Florida Blue Florida Classic weekend as only he can with a hilarious headlining set at the inaugural Florida Lottery Classic Weekend Kickoff Show on Thursday, Nov. 16.

This must-see show, presented by the Florida Lottery and featuring opening acts J.J. Williamson and Malik S., begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

World-renowned as one of the Original Kings of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer has been celebrated for his roles in the Barbershop and Madagascar film series, in addition to dozens of other film and TV roles during his 30-year career. One of the most versatile performers in all of show business, Cedric has also served as host of Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comic View and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. His most recent stand-up special, Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville, debuted on Netflix in 2016.

Prior to Cedric’s Comedy Night performance, Bethune-Cookman University interim president Judge Hubert L. Grimes, Florida A&M University interim president Dr. Larry Robinson and the Florida Classic Consortium will host an awards ceremony focusing on both historic institutions and their respective contributions to education.

The ceremony, which will be preceded by a glamorous VIP reception, will see scholarships and “Classic Awards” handed out to students from all over Florida who have made a significant impact in the Service and Leadership, Business, STEM and Education fields.

Tickets to the show start at $50 and can be purchased through the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center box office or online below. You can also purchase tickets to the show as part of our Classic Weekend Pass which includes tickets to Florida Blue Battle of the Bands and the Florida Blue Florida Classic.

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