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January 26, 2012
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Pass on the doughnuts, but feast on the funny with Kevin Jordan

It's not too often the Improv features a comedian who started out in law enforcement.

Billy D. Washington was one if the first black cops in Houston, and he incorporates that into his act in a very funny fashion. I remember working with comedian Michael Mancini who became a cop in Santa Cruz, and yes, he gets a lot of mileage on that especially when he pulls somebody over. But this week is the very first time that I've ever heard of a comedian who used to be a cop for the Los Angeles Police Department.

I remember working with Kevin Jordan way back in the last century in Ft. Worth, Texas. But I don't recall working for the LAPD! Usually when you see (or hear) the word "LAPD," one doesn't normally associate comedy as being synonymous with that department.

Enter Kevin D. Jordan, who debuts this week at Harveys Improv, opening for Will Durst.

He's an East Coaster who graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree in communications before moving to Los Angeles, where he joined the Los Angeles Police Department.

Kevin joined the LAPD in part because they lowered their height standard in order to recruit more women and minorities.

"I had trouble reaching the gas pedal of my patrol car" said Kevin, who likes to describe himself as a "people person."

He only lasted on the force for five years before calling it quits and starting out his new career as a full time comedian.

"I knew it was time to leave," he said, "after being written up by a superior officer for being 'too nice.' "

Fortunately for us though Kevin incorporates many of his law enforcement stories as part of his stand up routine.

Once when he drove his patrol car without a partner a citizen called the police station to report that a little kid had stolen a police car.

Moreover, Kevin said, "I had to quit because I found out I was allergic to doughnuts."

In addition to the usual credits appearing on countless television shows and headlining rooms across the country, Kevin as also been the opening act for some pretty big names in the music world including Gladys Knight, UB4O, Manhattan Transfer and George Benson, who saw him perform at a comedy club and asked him to be his opening act.

Kevin is also in big demand doing corporate engagements because, hey, who else has such a wide spectrum of experience being in two completely opposite fields? He's also entertained every branch of the military performing over a hundred USO shows worldwide. So it'll be fun having Kevin up here.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 26, 2012 01:03PM Published Jan 26, 2012 01:01PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.