Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer
Laughter echoed around the Spartan Health Club Court Yard on Saturday as a fantastic blend of entertainers joined forces in celebration of Comedytainment's first anniversary.
From slates filled with rib-tickling jokes that addressed various themes, the entertainers poked fun at wide cross sections of persons, local and international.
A common theme was childhood, presented under various guises. Perhaps the theme's popularity was due to this being the Yuletide season, and that world's most famous family, Mary and Joseph, along with their son Jesus is being remembered.
But the comedians' spin on childhood presented situations which were far removed from the traditional ideas of family.
The butt of the happy troupers' humour came from overly disciplined parents, who, in modern society are seen as abusive.
Kevin Swaby, who came off his virtual stage on YouTube to connect to a live audience, was greeted like a hero on his entrance. But his very descriptive tales of being flogged by his mother went too far and he exited like a villain.
MC Dufton Shepherd said Swaby was brave to remain for the duration of his act.
But that was not the case for Michael Abrahams, who, too, threw a story about flogging into his act.
After announcing that he came to watch the show and was drafted in, he began with a "what a go down in Jamaica" story in his customary melodic style. From all accounts, much has been going down.
He poked fun at politicians such as Roger Clarke and Arthur Williams and took a jab at Asafa Powell. By the time he got around to speaking about flogging, his less descriptive experience seemed to go down better with the audience.
Donald 'Iceman' Anderson shifted themes and spoke about the mother in church. He was rewarded with continuous laughter. His comical look on the singing styles of some popular vocalists was creatively delivered.
He explained that Mavado sings like he is yawning in his songs, I -Octane sounds constipated, while Capleton cannot sing anything wrong as he is always in tune regardless of what he is saying.
The multitalented entertainer also performed a medley of lively songs from his recently released CD.
Professor Nuts reawakened funny bones with some of his popular songs like Inna De Bus and Tan Suh Back.
Performing immediately after The Silver Birds Steel Band, Nuts had them remain on the stage to serve as his backers. Together they put on a tremendous performance.
Christopher 'Johnny' Daley got going with the Tessanne Chin's appearance on 'The Voice'; his pet peeve was her coach's show of affection towards her. "Tessanne want a ghetto adviser," he said, proceeding to demonstrate how the adviser would behave and what she would say. He was also inspired by the now infamous sign language interpreter at the funeral service held for the late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa.
But there was no doubt that Shepherd also contributed to the success of the show.
Along with poking fun at Swaby, he had the audience fully entertained and engaged with some jokes of his own as he cajoled the audience to participate in giveaway sections.
Shepherd's golden contribution was not lost on first-time Comedytainment attendees Marissa Bromfield and Bryan Whitehorne. Both thoroughly enjoyed all the performances and believed that Dufton was a very good MC.
Turner the magician, Rough Rider Dancers, Paerry and Mad Anju completed the line up of performers.