He may play the suave player on the big screen, but Richard T. Jones was anything but smooth when he got up to address this year’s University of Maryland graduates.

Jones is probably best known from “Girlfriends” and films such as “The Wood” and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” Invited to speak by the university, the actor was the speaker that the Maryland grads were looking forward to hearing the most. However, proving that not every celebrity appearance is a good one, Jones stammered through the bulk of his speech.

Clearly more than a little jittery, Jones claimed that his predecessors had taken all his material, telling the audience:

“Wow! I had this great speech ready for you guys and then you put me behind a bunch of doctors. You put an actor…behind a bunch of doctors…and then they said everything I wanted to say so I figure I’ll keep talking until I say something. I had such great analogies. I had such great quotes…And every one was used already. I’m glad I looked up a word called improv because that is what is going to happen here.”

And improv he did. Check out the video below (scroll ahead to the 3:00 mark):


I feel for Jones and the graduates as well. You know how people with a fear of public speaking always roll out the worst-case scenario they have in their heads? Yeah, well that definitely felt like one of them- except, in real life.

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  • Lol Poor thing..he’s an actor, why didn’t he just act..say a line from ‘The Renaissance Man’ or something. He looked like a ‘Double D’ right there.

  • I know the feeling all too well. When I received my MBA, the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers spoke at our commencement, and it was game day, so dude was getting updates on the game and telling us the score.

  • ms. complexity

    WHY did the university invite this no-name actor in the first place?

  • African Mami

    Yikes. Public speaking is not for the faint at heart. If I gave that speech, I would have ended with “somebody get me a damn casket and bury me pllllllllllease”.

    I feel for him….

  • cassandra

    actor richard t jones and actor t viola davis