Females rise in stand-up comedy
As with most other entertainment genres, the growing field of stand-up comedy in Jamaica is dominated by male performers who usually greatly outnumber their female counterparts on shows.
However, there's a dynamic trio of female performers who are gearing up to ensure even if the males outnumber the females on the stage, the feminine view is loudly and proudly represented at this year's staging of Christmas Comedy Cook-up.
They are broadcaster and entertainment personality Miss Kitty, local actress/comedian Kathy Grant, and Canadian comic sensation Keesha Brownie.
Miss Kitty, who will do duties as co-host for the annual comedy fiesta, is a colourful performer who is famous especially for her irreverent and unapologetic defence of plus-size women.
Kathy Grant, who is a full-time teacher and part-time actress/comedian, has played numerous roles over the five seasons of the popular Ity and Fancy Cat Show but is most remembered for her portrayal of the inflexible country helper 'Miss Jennifer' who made the line "tan deh deh" a popular phrase.
Hottest new thing
Kathy and Miss Kitty will be joined by Keesha Brownie, the hottest new thing on the Canadian comedic circuit, who is creating waves with her hilarious new video Got Brownie. A resident of Brampton, Ontario, Keesha is a Canadian of Jamaican parents and is looking forward to her first appearance on the Jamaican stage.
Christmas Comedy Cook-up takes place at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel on Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with a preshow interaction and giveaways preceding the start at 7 p.m. sharp.