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Best Care Special School benefit event well supported

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Michael Abrahams
Christopher 'Johnny' Daley
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This Christmas will be an extraordinary one for the children at the Best Care Special School in Kingston as a fundraising event recently held in their honour was well supported.

The Come Mek Wi Laugh comedy show, held at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the grounds of Jamaica College, drew a large crowd as scores of patrons turned up to not only witness some of the country's best comedians in action, but to also show their support for the children at the Best Care Special School.

money well spent

The large crowd that gathered inside the auditorium would agree that the $3,000 they spent on tickets to the show was money well spent as they were treated to a show they would not soon forget.

Now in its 11th year, the 2015 installation of the Come Mek Wi Laugh event boasted a stellar line-up with the likes of Kathy 'Tan Deh Deh' Grant, Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, Dufton Shepherd, and Dr Michael Abrahams.

But before the comedians touched the stage, the audience was treated to an extra special performance by children of the Best Care Special School. The children thrilled the audience in song, delivering the lyrics to some of the most popular Christmas carols before transitioning into a few Bob Marley hits. Though inaudible at times, the children did their best, and their efforts were rewarded with resounding applause and a standing ovation from the audience, which thoroughly enjoyed their performance. They later returned to the stage to thrill the audience once more with a dance piece.

It was now time for the main acts to grace the stage, and from the first performance to the closing act, there was non-stop laughter. The comedians did not disappoint as each act had the audience in stitches at different points throughout the show.

good set

Mr Confidence was the opening act, and the Nigerian did well to set the tone of the show. He delivered a good set, touching on issues from infidelity to politics, but it was his impersonations of 'stamma people' that received the most forwards. He had the audience in tears as he demonstrated the struggles 'stamma people' face. He made way for Kathy Grant.

Grant was the lone female act on the line-up, but she held her own among a sea of men. The comedian probably got the largest forward of the night as each joke she gave resonated with the audience. As she delivered punchline after punchline, the crowd just could not stop laughing. She touched on every topic - from Andrew Holness' much-talked-about mansion to Everald Warmington's infamous 'middle finger' incident. By the time her set ended, some audience members were rolling out of their seats with laughter, others were wishing her time wasn't up as they craved more. However, with many more acts waiting in the wings, the show had to go on.

screams and cheers

Abrahams, Leighton Smith, Dufton Shepherd, and Christopher 'Johnny' Daley were among the night's other standout acts. They each delivered stellar sets, which had the audience close to tears as a result of laughter.

Trinidadian comedian Errol Fabien also held his own and delivered a great performance. He was well received by the crowd and was rewarded for his good showing with screams and cheers.

The Best Care Special School is a special place for children who are mentally and physically challenged. It provides accommodation, special education, medical care, skills training, a sports programme, social interaction, and a therapeutic environment for mentally and physically challenged children.

Proceeds from Sunday's event will go towards ensuring that the school remains open.

Chairman of the institution Orville Johnson thanked the crowd and the performers for supporting the event throughout the years, stating that the love they show to the children is welcome and much appreciated.

shereita.grizzle@gleanerjm.com