Bumper crowd for Jamaica Mek Wi Laugh
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
Anticipation mounted as the days wound down to Tuesday night's first staging of the 2014 installation of Lady Renae's Mek Wi Laugh comedy show. Held at the Countryside Club on Courtney Walsh Drive, there wasn't an empty seat in the house.
So many guests showed up that there were parking issues, armbands and food ran out, and promoters had to improvise to keep their guests satisfied.
The venue was so packed that promoters had to hastily settle a feud building between two women who got into an argument over seating.
That issue was quickly settled, but resulted in the unsatisfied women and her male companion leaving the venue with the remaining guests clapping them off as they made their exit.
Despite the small issue, the inaugural Jamaica Mek Wi Laugh comedy show was a massive success.
Sponsored by the National Bakery, MDTV, Grace Kennedy, among others, the show proved a delightful mix of music and comedy.
Hosted by emcee Pretty Boy Floyd, the event stayed true to its name as each act had guests in stitches from start to finish.
The first performance, a musical act, turned comedic after an unlikely twist of events.
Recording artiste Demarco took the stage and proceeded to entertain the audience with his song selections. He performed some of his most popular hits including I Love My Life, Fallen Soldiers and his controversial Ride.
The best crowd response up to that point had come when Demarco performed his remix of Lorde's Royals.
Towards the end of his performance, in his usual entertainment mode, Demarco asked for some brave women to join him onstage, as he performed his song, Lazy Body.
Everything was going well until the woman he was dancing with jumped into his arms and in showing off his dancing skills he proceeded to put her on the floor.
When he got up, however, it was discovered that he had ripped the close-fitting pair of pants he had been wearing.
The audienc erupted with laughter as the entertainer (who handled the situation quite professionally) exited the stage.
The show only got better from there as deejay/comedian Beekle Bailey thrilled the audience with an energetic set. Leighton Smith then took the audience into further pandemonium with his witty spin on current affairs.
Smith touched on almost every topic from politics, to teaching, to parenting, to the state of the economy.
The night's closing act were recording artistes Twin of Twins, who delivered in their usual style.
Never ones to mince words, the twins gave the Countryside audience uncensored insights into the way they see things.
They guided women about how to choose a good man and how to treat him when they find one.
The duo also performed songs such as Name and Up Wid di Money, but not before encouraging Jamaicans to continue supporting comedians because according to them, "it takes a lot of intellect and knowledge to do comedy".