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Ellis, Abrahams to put Fun and Joke Aside - seriously

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 1:22 PM
Owen 'Blakka' Ellis
Dr Michael Abrahams
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Two of Jamaica’s outstanding comedians, Owen 'Blakka' Ellis and Dr. Michael Abrahams, will be combining their creative skills for Fun and Joke Aside, a talk on the seriousness behind comedy. The event, slated for Sunday, April 12, is being staged by the Department of Literatures in English in collaboration with Blue Moon Publishing.

Fun and Joke Aside will begin at 11:00 a.m. in N1, the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. It borrows its name from one of the poems in Riddim & Riddles and promises a morning equally rich in entertainment and insight.

Armed with wit and verbal dexterity, Ellis and Abrahams will use Fun and Joke Aside to discuss humour as a tool for social change. The two are celebrated comedians who have established careers. They have honed the skill of ‘taking bad tings mek laugh’, using their gift for creating laughter to bring attention to important issues in society.

Owen 'Blakka' Ellis is a writer, actor and educator. Known mostly for three decades of work as a comedian, he has written for stage, screen and television and has also taught English Language, Literature and Theatre Arts at the secondary and tertiary levels. Ellis has a deep interest in the intersection of gender, culture and the environment, which all coalesced in his first full collection of poetry Riddim & Riddles (Blouse & Skirt Books), released earlier this year.

Dr Michael Abrahams is a medical doctor and columnist by day and poet and comedian by night. He has had a prolific career in satirical poetry that has brought him to stages across Jamaica, including several poetry and literary festivals. Abrahams is particularly known for his political satire. He has tackled issues as varied as Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence, Tessanne’s conquering of The Voice and, most recently, the public debate surrounding Hon Minister Lisa Hanna and Father Richard Ho Lung.