Cedric The Entertainer In Modesto: A NSFW Review

Over the years, I’ve seen the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto transformed into a supple supper club, an old fashioned juke joint, a magic showcase, an 80s dance disco, and a winter wonderland.

Cedric The Entertainer At The Gallo Center For The Arts, Oct 25, 2019. Photo courtesy of Coleman Communications.

But Saturday night, I watched the venue morph into an old school black comedy club, during a show that was headlined by the legendary Cedric The Entertainer.

Opening act Malik S. was on fire from the moment he took the stage, ripping into Modesto for being small by his Los Angeles standards (“300,000 people live here? That’s like two blocks in LA!”) and hard to get to (“There’s no fucking airport in Modesto!”). He also had a riotous word or two that resonated with any man who’s ever been married (“Ain’t none of y’all married men making no decisions in that household!”).

And I may never look at a 6’2” gay man the same way again.

“Why would God make a 6’2” man gay,” the comic asked in referencing his gay, reportedly more handsome brother. “I mean, you don’t need to be 6’2” to suck dick! You’re just gonna throw your back out!”

The edgy jokes continued with Malik S’s riff on President Donald Trump and his assertion that “hillbillies” who had voted for him were angry because they’d inadvertently elected a “nigga” as President. (“He’s filed for bankruptcy like 17 times, all of his friends are going to prison, and his got like four baby mammas. You KNOW that’s a nigga!”).

The night’s second performer, Sean Larkin, had his work cut out for him. But he came through with a routine on his pregnant, lesbian cousin, “Little Larry,” and his rant on southern white people’s reaction to the upcoming Harriet Tubman $20 bill. It was not for sensitive ears, but was as comical as it was colorful.

The Gallo Center promoted Saturday night’s show as being one that featured “Adult Content,” and they weren’t kidding. Throughout the two opening acts, the dick jokes abounded. While a few people filed out, twice as many more were crying as they literally LOL’d.

But as one might have expected, the night belonged to the R-rated, mostly family-friendly Cedric The Entertainer.

Leaning on relatively little profanity, Cedric touched on everything from raising kids to losing weight, and a variety of topics that most of us could all relate to. Those who are only familiar with Cedric from his current, sanitized CBS sitcom, The Neighborhood, may have been a little shocked when one of HBO’s original Kings Of Comedy took the stage, as his comedy has some bite, as well.

But longtime fans of Cedric’s weren’t surprised. Midway through his set, my face of literally aching from laughing so much.

During a time when CNN has become almost unwatchable, it was great to spend a Saturday evening in the presence of three guys who make a point — and a living — making people laugh. I’ll be making a point to check out upcoming comedy shows at the Gallo Center.

Click here to check out the Gallo Center for the Arts current season.

Published by Michael P Coleman

Freelance writer. I used to get punished for talking to strangers. Now I get paid for it.

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