Comedian Rod Z

An Orlando native who started making people laugh at an early age at family reunions, Roderick Zeigler, more familiarly know as Rod Z, believes that laughter is good medicine. Whether volunteering in the community or working with his Fraternities, Rod always finds a way to make people laugh and enjoy life.

Rod Z is a graduate of the Bethune Cookman University with a degree in Mass Communications. His fellow classmates loved and revered him, demonstrating admiration by asking him to perform at countless club and organizational events on campus during his matriculation, and into the present day.

In his time as a professional entertainer Rod has opened for an array of comedians including D.L. Hughley, Paul Rodriguez, Cedric The Entertainer, Sheryl Underwood, Sommore, Rickey Smiley, Arnez J. and J Anthony Brown among others. He has also toured on the Gas Too High Tour with Akintunde. In 2008 Rod was the grand prize winner of the Heavy Hitters Comedy Competition sponsored by No Joke Entertainment.

Rod’s appearances don’t end with comedians. He has also had the pleasure of opening for acts such as: The Temptations, The O-Jays, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Joe, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. In 2009 Rod took part in the Tom Joyner Family Reunion and has performed for The Tracy Mc Grady Foundation as well as The Kenard Lang Foundation. He has hosted homecomings and special events at Southern, FAMU, UCF, UM, Savannah State, USF, and of course BCU.

With the majority of hiss performances taking place in churches and conventions around the country, Rod is pleased to be able to make people laugh without having to use profane language or vulgarities, saying “I do the same show whether I’m in the Improv, a juke joint, or the church.” Two of his favourite accomplishments are live tapings of his now popular brand of clean, but razor sharp comedy. His first project was “Stop Me IF I’m Lying” which was followed up by “I Ain’t Lied Yet”. Both projects have sold well in the USA and have even been spotted in different parts of the world on military bases.

Rod’s other professions are acting and music. His roles include “Black Spring Break” I and II and he was featured in “A Soldiers Play” and “The Colored Museum” receiving rave reviews. Rod is also a percussionist and plays regularly with bands in Orlando.

Rod urges the youth of today to take pride in themselves and to always reach for the stars. When he isn’t on the road, you may find him working with the Coaching Boys To Men Mentoring group, or Saving Our Sons. He works with these groups through the Chi Tau chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. 

Rod Z is a member of The Hope Church of Orlando. Through all his success, he gives all the credit to the Lord. That is why he keeps his comedy clean and his eyes on Jesus!