Comedy Cook Up helps Eastmond, Kiwanis
Christmas Comedy Cook-Up 2015, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Saturday, December 26, delivered in more ways than one. Producers Ellis International clearly know what it takes to mount an entertaining comedy event.
By the same token, they also seem well aware of the value of giving back as, this year, they extended their reach beyond comedy to help support some worthy charitable causes. As in previous years, a part of the proceeds from the annual comedy event will aid the Trench Town Reading centre.
The FLOW-sponsored show also partnered this year with The Kiwanis Club of Young Professionals, Kingston, in support of their educational and developmental initiatives with youth. The partnership proved fruitful as, according to president Sasha-Kay Gilzean, the club was able to raise approximately $80,000.
In keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, patrons at the Christmas Comedy Cook-Up also gave in a big way. Bajan comedian, Trevor Eastmond, hopped onto the stage, aided by crutches, and several jokes were made in regards to what caused his injury, but he delivered a delightful set.
Though sitting down throughout, Eastmond stood tall in his performance, at the end of which, a request was made for donations towards his pending hip surgery in Cuba.
The crowd responded immediately with their hearts and their wallets and over $35,000 was collected on the spot.
A thankful Trevor Eastmond contacted the producers before leaving Jamaica to ask that they publicly convey his gratitude to Jamaicans generally and especially the Christmas Comedy Cook-up audience for their generosity.