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11 strong at Comedy Cook-Up

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 10:38 AMShereita Grizzle
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Audience members in an uproar of laughter at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Boxing Day during the LIME Christmas Comedy Cook-Up.
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Christopher 'Johnny' Daley (left) and an audience member connect with a high five.
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Trixx, who earned a standing ovation at the 11th annual LIME Christmas Comedy Cook-Up, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Boxing Day.
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Dr Michael Abrahams
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Fancy Cat (left), Owen 'Blakka' Ellis (centre) and Ity.
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Leighton Smith
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Wally British
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Christopher 'Johnny' Daley

SUBHEAD: Standing ovation for Trixx at Pegasus

It’s a show many persons  look forward to each year and, if you have ever been to one, you would understand why. This year's staging of the annual LIME Christmas Comedy Cook-Up was held in the ballroom of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Boxing Day and, as has become customary, laughter reigned.

The annual show has not missed a beat since its inception and, 11 years later, is still delivering high quality entertainment.

The doors to the ballroom were opened as early as 5:30 p.m. and, by the start of the show, the huge venue was almost filled to capacity. Eleven comedians were on the night’s line-up, commemorating the show’s 11th anniversary. Among them were Leighton Smith, Chow Pow and Dr Michael Abrahams. The three were among the acts getting things going.

They started the show on a high with Smith, in his accustomed style, serving up comedic twists on several controversial issues. Making light of serious matters seemed to be the order of the night as Abrahams, in delivering his year in review, touched on several sensitive issues. These included the country’s buggery law, homosexuality and that infamous ‘Minister in a bathing suit’ photo.

The audience was in stitches for Abrahams' take on sex being an Olympic sport, which was brought to a climax by a very creative sports report in which clever word play was used to excite the imagination.

Comedy is a serious business, especially in Jamaica where, over the years, audiences have become notorious for being among the hardest to keep entertained. So when Bajan, Mac Fingall hit the stage it was do or die; luckily for him, his punchlines connected. Mac Fingall left many audience members pleasantly surprised, as he delivered a good set.

He made way for YouTube sensation Wally British. In her usual ‘talk yuh mind’ approach, the blogger-turned-comedian continued to feed the appetite of the packed audience. Her take on infidelity and male-female relationships had the audience in stitches, as most of her points seemed to connect.

Though all the acts to have performed up to that point were crowd pleasers, Ghana-born Canadian comic Trixx was perhaps the night’s most outstanding act. Clearly showing signs of expertise and talent, the entertainer had the crowd laughing from the start of his set to the very end.

His knowledge of the Jamaican people and their culture was commendable. Trixx had the audience laughing at his ability to imitate Jamaicans, especially their mannerisms at parties, domino games and other social gatherings. He earned the biggest response of the night and the crowd showed its appreciation for the bellyfull of laughter he delivered with a standing ovation.

Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, Rosa Rose and Blakka Ellis were the night’s other performers, with the duo Ity and Fancy Cat hosting LIME Christmas Comedy Cook-Up 2014.