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Christmas Comedy Cook Up To Spread Good Cheer

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Owen 'Blakka' Ellis

Holiday hilarity returns on Boxing Day (December 26) with the 12th staging of Ellis International's Christmas Comedy Cook-up at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

The FLOW-sponsored calendar event promises to unleash a deluge of laughter from eight top flight comedians, two dynamic hosts, an electrifying steel orchestra, and some surprise appearances.

Humour will be front and centre, but the annual showcase of laughter is not just about entertainment. As in previous years, the event mixes comedy with charity, as part proceeds of the show will go towards supporting the work of the Trench Town Reading Centre.

Additionally, this year, the producers are partnering actively with the Kiwanis Club of Young Professionals Kingston, in support of fundraising efforts that will advance their work in assisting the Norman Gardens Primary and Junior High and increasing their general capacity to assist children with special needs.

The Kiwanis Club of Young Professionals Kingston was officially formed in June 2015 with 23 charter members. Although recently formed, the club was actually conceptualised in early 2013 and its founding members have been involved in several outreach projects over the past two years with a focus on: educational projects, beautification projects and initiatives geared towards at-risk-youth. The Young Professionals club is designed to meet the needs of younger members with busy lifestyles, who would like to give back to the community by offering more flexible meeting schedules and hands-on service projects.

Club president Sasha-Kay Gilzean said, "we are elated to partner with Ellis International to raise funds and awareness for charity in an innovative and creative way while bringing cheer to patrons."

As usual, the comedy will have a distinct international flavour with performances by Nigerian female comic Yvonne Orji, Barbadian veteran Trevor Eastmond and Canadian based Ghanaian star, Trixx. Local representation will come from Ity and Fancy Cat, Leighton Smith, Kathy Grant, Rozah Roze and Blakka Ellis along with the acrobatic, back-flipping, steelpan playing, Silver Birds Band.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on December 26, show time 7 p.m. Admission is $2,500 pre-sold and $3,000 at the door. Early bird tickets can be bought from the Kiwanis Club of Young Professionals Kingston, or by visiting their Facebook page and sending a message, or by contacting Ellis International.