Ken Jeong vs Charlie Chaplin

Posted on September 24, 2019

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The two comedians spoke to huge audiences at our university, nearly one century apart

Ken Jeong

WHY AT UNCG? Commencement
BEST MOVIES? “The Hangover,” “Knocked Up”
SEEN RECENTLY ON: A 40 ft. mural in Midtown Greensboro, where he posed for a fun Twitter pic
SPOKE TO: 15,000 at Greensboro Coliseum
REACTION TO CROWD: “Thank you, Spartans! Wooh, wooh, wooh, wooh.”
BEST LINE: “I don’t know if everything happens for a reason, but I do know everything happens.”
KNOWN FOR: White doctor’s coat
HOW AUDIENCE REACTED: Lots of laughter and cheers, especially for his tales of family and growing up in Greensboro
HOW HE ENDED: Asked for his private jet

Charlie Chaplin

WHY AT UNCG? WWI liberty bonds rally
BEST MOVIES? “City Lights,” “The Kid”
SEEN RECENTLY ON: A 40 ft. silver screen
SPOKE TO: 5,000 at site of today’s Petty Building
REACTION TO CROWD: Blew a kiss to the students sitting on the grassy banks
BEST LINE: “They got $100,000 out of me, and I’m some little business man.”
KNOWN FOR: Bowler hat and oversized shoes
HOW AUDIENCE REACTED: “The students who crowded up front at Curry Court to see his feet were disappointed.” He was well-dressed.
HOW HE ENDED: Pulled his hat down over his ear, flapped his hands, and did the funny Chaplin walk

By Mike Harris
Illustration by Lisa Summerell

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