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CAB Announces Guest Lecturer and Comedian

Bill Rancic, Entrepreneur and Reality TV Star, on Campus Thursday; Comedian, Dave Coulier to Close


Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 03:04

Courtesy of CAB

Bill Rancic will be speaking to students on Thursday in the McGinley Ballroom


Anyone who grew up watching TV knows and loves Uncle Joey, better known as Dave Coulier, and any follower of modern pop culture knows Bill Rancic of “Giuliana and Bill,” and the first winner of “The Apprentice”.

These two famous faces are being brought to Fordham by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) as a part of the Spring Weekend lineup.

Rancic will be the motivational speaker, sponsored by the American Age Lecture Series, presenting on Thursday, April 26 in the McGinley Ballroom. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the lecture will be at 7:30 p.m.     

Coulier will be the featured comedian, sponsored by CAB’s Comedy Committee, performing in the Fordham Prep Auditorium on Sunday, April 29.

Rancic is renowned for his speeches on how to succeed in business as he travels around the country talking to various organizations on business topics. Rancic, cum laude graduate of fellow Jesuit institution Loyola University Chicago, is and always has been an entrepreneur. At age 10 he started a pancake company with his grandmother. Out of college he created the multi-million dollar company, Cigars Around the World, which was an online subscription-based cigar distributer. He currently runs a multi-million dollar real estate enterprise

He won the first season of “The Apprentice” which qualifies him to be offer advice on success, in addition to the fact that he is the published author of a New York Times best-selling book You’re Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life, should suffice. Rancic also wrote a book directed towards young entrepreneurs entitled Beyond the Lemonade Stand. All the proceeds from this book were donated to charity.

Philanthropy is a large part of Rancic’s life. He has been on two trips to Haiti to build homes for the victims of the earthquake of 2010. In addition to that, Rancic is a board member for the Mecy Home for Boys and Girls, based out of Chicago.

Business and charity are not the only fortes of Rancic; he has also been triumphant in the field of love. His wife is Giuliana Rancic, television host from E! Television. The power couple co-wrote the book I Do...Now What, where they divulge their tips to making love last.

While this motivational speech will encourage students to study hard for upcoming exams to succeed, the comedy show will serve as a nice relief from stress.

Coulier is most famous for his quirky character of Uncle Joey on “Full House” for eight seasons, from 1987 to 1995. He performed at Fordham in fall 2009. He has since hosted several shows such as ABC’s “America’s Funniest People”, Nickelodeon’s “Out of Control” and Animal Planet’s “Animal Kidding” — a play on “Kids Say the Darndest Things” but with animals.

As displayed on numerous episodes of Full House, Coulier has an interesting array of vocal imitations. He has done voices for “Scooby Doo”, re-syndicated episodes of “The Jetsons”, “Muppet Babies”, “Dexter’s Laboratory” and many more.

Coulier does more adult performances with his stand-up comedy, as he has been featured on the “The Tonight Show” and HBO’s “Detroit Comedy Jam” and “Comic Relief”. Since 2004 he has been touring colleges and performing stand up.

Apart from his busy career in show business he has a son, Luc, with whom he lives in Los Angeles. He spends his free time with the diverse hobbies of playing ice hockey, flying airplanes and playing golf.

Students have given mixed reviews on these guests.

At least one student has expressed sarcastic distinterest.

“He hasn’t been relevant since 1995,” said Connor Fucci, FCRH ’14. “I’m sure [Coulier] will be a great blast from the past.”  

The opinion of one other student was more optimistic.

“Dave Coulier will be an amazing show,” said Michelle Famulare, FCRH ’14. “I know a lot of people are really excited about it! I love the show ‘Giuliana and Bill’ on the Style Network. I can’t wait to hear him speak.”

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