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February 27, 2013
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Hey, imagine yourself sitting inside the National Stadium or the National Indoor Sports Centre among upwards of 10 or 20,000 people, enjoying top-class entertainment, but it's not another musical event, it's a comedy festival. No, is not a joke, and as Rohan Gunter loves to say, mi nah laugh! Mi serious people, think about it!

Yes, imagine it. Somebody is on the stage, a veteran virtuoso like Oliver Samuels or Volier Johnson, weaving their usual magic wand of wicked witticism and wonderful wordplay, and delighting the crowd with delicious dollops of crazy comedy in role as MC. And imagine every other living local comedic entertainer that you can think of has either stamped his/her marked on the occasion already, or is waiting in the wings to come done di place? Can you picture the scene and envision the energy? Can you even imagine the royally rambunctious, riotous roar of laughter? Well mi nuh know 'bout you, but I can. I can see it, smell it, hear it, taste it and feel it!

Yeah, maybe it's because I'm a dreamer. But as one of my favourite little gems in my growing collection of cliché sayings reminds me, 'If you don't have a dream you can't have a dream come true'. So, I'm already laughing out loud just thinking about it, and I'm bubbling inside with anxiety and anticipation because I know it will happen. It's not a matter of if; it's all a matter of when.

And no, it's not just my over-active imagination. It's going to happen. I can foresee comedy up front and centre as the next big thing in Jamaican entertainment, because comedians are moving and shaking; and I'm not talking about 'Harlem Shake'.

Comedians are moving up and moving around. From stage to TV to radio, from recorded gig to live show [and movie coming as well] ah dat mi want unnu fi know!

I wonder if unnu realise that the multitalented Donald 'Iceman' Anderson who lists comedian among his string of roles and functions is starting a new job this very afternoon, as a radio jock on Hot 102FM! Yes; and with the ever popular and seasoned comedian and actor Christopher 'Johnny' Daley already kicking up rumpus on Nationwide 90 FM, that now means Jamaica has two talented comics on afternoon radio. Is that a good look or what?

I like to remind people who know and tell those who don't know, that comedy demands courage and intelligence. And comedians can do just about anything. I also like to use as my example, the fact that one half of the pioneering comic duo called 'Ike and Mike' actually went on to become Governor General of Jamaica!

Check this. In his regular job, Dr Michael Abrahams provides medical care as a respected and sought-after obstetrician and gynaecologist. But in his other job as a comic entertainer everybody in the audience becomes a pleased patient [and politicians usually become easy target] as 'Mikeyman' delivers another kind of medicine; the therapeutic thrill of laughter. And look here nuh, I can see the day coming when Michael will have a hard time finding any time to do medical doctoring because he's too busy and having more fun doing the comedic doctoring.

I remember when Ian 'Ity' Ellis decided to leave his good-good job in the accounting department of a company owned by music mogul Chris Blackwell to do comedy full time. People thought he was mad, and he was strongly advised to rethink it. But he didn't. He followed his dream and the rest is a history that's still unfolding. Come share that dream and buss a laugh this evening, as Michael Abrahams joins Leighton Smith, Hilarious Granny and Rozah Roze at Comedy Café, hosted by Ity and Fancy Cat.


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