Florida Classic Weekend Kickoff Starring Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Classic Weekend kicks off this year with a comedy show starring acclaimed actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer.


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.


J.J. Williamson

The inaugural Florida Classic Weekend Kickoff will also feature hilarious opening acts by J.J. Williamson and Malik S.


Prior to the comedic performances, an awards ceremony focusing on both historic institutions and their respective contributions to education will be held. B-CU interim president Judge Hubert L. Grimes, FAMU interim president Dr. Larry Robinson and the Florida Classic Consortium will present scholarships and “Classic Awards” to students from all over Florida who have made a significant impact in the Service and Leadership, Business, STEM and Education fields.


The show is on Thursday, November 16 and begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.


Tickets to the show start at $50 and can be purchased through the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center box office or online at www.drphillipscenter.org.


Malik S.

Fans also have the option to purchase a Kickoff ticket through a Classic Weekend Ticket Package. The package includes tickets for the Florida Blue Battle of the Bands on Friday, November 17 and the Florida Blue Florida Classic game on Saturday, November 18 as well as the Florida Classic Weekend Kickoff. Learn more about Classic Weekend Ticket Packages here.