Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Ellis International, in collaboration with a team of local comedians and the South Beach Café, have merged resources to host a new comedy series called Comedy Café.
The event will be hosted by popular comedic due Ity and Fancy Cat and will be held at South Beach Café every last Wednesday of each month.
The first episode of the show will be hosted on January 30 and will feature dynamic and engaging entertainment.
The acts billed to perform each night are of the best that Jamaica has to offer, ranging from Dr Michael Abrahams to Ity and Fancy Cat to Comedy Buss winner Rohan Gunter, among others.
Comedy Café is comprised of 12 shows, and is expected to feature performances from overseas-based comedians.
Ellis International is known for delivering well-produced shows like The Ity and Fancy Cat Show, Backyaad Crack-up and Christmas Comedy Cook-up.
hoping for transformation
According to the show's producer-comedian Owen Ellis, he wants to see Jamaica transformed into the 'Skin Teeth' capital of the world in the art of comedy.
He pleaded for more local appreciation for comedy, and even requested that local award shows create categories for comedians.
Ellis said comedians have contributed to the entertainment industry as much as musicians, and should be shown just as much respect.
"Comedy is often the forgotten element of our entertainment industry," he said.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, shared a similar view.
"I am pleased to be at an event that is not music. Not that I don't love the music, but I would like to make it clear that music is not the only part of entertainment and it is not the only viable aspect of entertainment in Jamaica. I am happy to see that there are entrepreneurs who have seen the opportunity and have put their money in Jamaica. We are happy that South Beach has now become a part of the entertainment industry, and that the investors have seen it necessary to push for the diversification of our entertainment," he said.
The launch was brought to a closure with a performance by Dr Abrahams under his moniker 'Mykeyman'.
He delivered a well-written script of comedic social commentary, taking jabs at popular politicians and public figures.