US ventriloquist returns for Comedy Cook-Up
Comedian and ventriloquist Willie Brown is making a grand return to Jamaica for the 2017 edition of the Christmas Comedy Cook-up, scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre on Boxing Day.
One of the funniest acts on the United States comedy/ventriloquism circuit, Brown made his first Jamaican appearance 12 years ago at Christmas Comedy Cook-up in 2005, and much has changed since then.
For one, he performed with only one puppet at that time, and his act was known as 'Willy and Woody'. He has added other characters since then, and now performs as 'Willie Brown and Friends'.
Also, the art of ventriloquism, the stagecraft in which a person changes his or her voice so that it appears the voice is coming from elsewhere, usually from a puppet or 'dummy', was certainly not as popular then.
Its popularity has grown immensely in recent times however, especially since a shy, cute 13-year-old named Darci Lynne Farmer combined the art form with her comedic and singing talents to win season 12 of NBC's 'America's Got Talent'.
Sharing stage with a host of outstanding Jamaican performers, Brown, who has appeared on HBO, Showtime's Barbershop series, BET's Comic View and in the movie All About Yo, is set to have patrons rolling in the aisles with his gut-busting, family-friendly humour and clever mastery of the art of ventriloquism.
Other acts on the show include comedians St Hope, Bello and Blakka, Ity and Fancy Cat, Leighton Smith, Kathy 'Tan Deh Deh' Grant and Maliaka Bryce.
The comedy will also be interspersed with inspirational musical renditions.