Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer
Waves of laughter propelled by genuinely entertaining humour, created gigantic splashes at South Beach Café on Wednesday.
The Brompton Road premise was the location for the first of the Comedy Café series. And there were good performances from the up-and-coming and the established acts, all delivering full doses of entertainment.
Comedy Café number one began promptly at 8:30 p.m. with a welcome to the relatively large audience from Owen 'Blakka' Ellis of Ellis International, organisers of the event.
The first item on the announced programme came from Sherona Jones.
It was good singing from Jones, who aptly asked with Rianna's song, Where Have You Been?
Ity and Fancy Cat, who followed, answered the question with a litany of humorous pieces.
The obviously well-informed comic duo turned political and other issues on their head. From the scrap metal industry to Beyoncé's alleged lip syncing at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony, all were deconstructed and converted into satire.
The lip sync joke was further extended into a hilarious clash among three males.
Ity and Fancy Cat were also the show's emcees. After their laughter-filled stint, they invited the dance group Shady Squad to the stage. The dance group did not disappoint.
With much energy and creativity, they had the audience clapping loudly.
Moesha and Wayne-Jay, another two up-and-coming acts were next. Both also made light of serious issues.
In an original song, BlackBerry, Moesha lampooned the popular instrument of communication. However, in a twist, as she made her exit from the stage, the astute audience reminded her of her tormentor in the back pocket of her jeans. "It is for business," came the reply.
Element of surprise
Fresh from performing at Rebel Salute, young Wayne-Jay brought a delightful element of surprise. Having held everyone's attention with his powerful vocals, the young entertainer gave a splendid performance of his original 18 or Older.
In part, he dejayed about the ills of alcohol, saying he preferred to drink soda because alcohol was for 18 and older.
Tash of Digicel's Rising Stars fame also gave a rich performance. Clad in an edgy costume, she sang a medley of reggae songs before closing with I Will Survive.
Cathy Grant, dressed in a pair of tight-fitting, skin-toned shorts and a blouse with complementary colours, was magnificent, giving a lesson on the grave difference between rural and urban mourners, and more.
Grant closed the show, but not before Rohan Gunter, Comedy Buss winner, engaged the audience with a news presentation, his slate of Cabinet of performers, his travels, and his somewhat funny grandfather.
Later, with the words of departure from Ellis and laughter splashed across their faces, the satisfied patrons filed out of South Beach Café. The Gleaner caught up with a few.
All thought it was a good show, but Louise summed up the event rather nicely: "I though it was very good. I believed that people were genuinely funny; they had humorous topics. Some of the issues are serious, but the comedians helped us to get a smile out of some of the things and showed us how ridiculous we can be at times, and I think that is helpful."
Comedy Café will continue every last Wednesday of each month. Ity and Fancy Cat, who promised a bigger and better show, will be the resident hosts.