Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Laughter erupted in the ballroom of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at the 10th anniversary staging of the Christmas Comedy Cook-Up, held on December 26, Boxing Day, as local and foreign comedians graced the stage, providing riotous laughter and irreverent humour.
Among the comedians were Haitian-American Wil Sylvince, Trinidad's Queen of Comedy Rachel Price, Elva, Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, Lemon, Leighton Smith, Apache Kid and Sarge, Dwight Ross, Rozah Rose, Dufton Shepherd, Kathy 'Tan Deh Deh' Grant, Rohan Gunter, Blakka Ellis, Ity and Fancy Cat, Donald 'Iceman' Anderson and Pretty Boy Floyd.
The comedy show was orchestrated by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis of Ellis International, who partnered with telecommunications giant LIME to offer a great comedy experience. A number of patrons were able to benefit from giveaways in the form of free call credit and cell phones.
Owen Ellis pointed out that the 10th year of the comedy event meant that comedy had made its mark on the Jamaican entertainment scene. "To me, it means validation of the idea that comedy can be a viable form of entertainment. Comedy deserves its place, and it can only get better," he said.
Ellis also mentioned that two elements of the show were different this year than in previous ones.
"For the first time, we have 17 acts. We have never had more than about six or seven before that. We tried to bring everybody together to give everybody a chance. The other thing that we did this year was try to up the look. We went for a red carpet and elegant look. Those are two of the key differences," he said, adding that plans are being put in place to go even bigger next year with a larger venue such as the National Indoor Sports Centre and more A-list comedians.
During the event, no topic was out of bounds. A number of comedians took jabs at homosexuals and homosexuality in its varying forms, while Kathy Grant excited with jokes on the female and male genetalia, which had the audience enjoying every moment.
Other comedians who touched on the topic of sex included Elva, Wil Sylvince, Rachel Price, Christopher Daley and Rozah Rose. Others, however, enthralled with jokes about politicians and the prime minister's propensity to travel, as well as forms of disciplining children.
Trinidad's Queen of Comedy Rachel Price performing at Comedy Cook-Up,
held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, recently. - photos by
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer