February 1, 2014
Lime Comedy Café rocked
Shereita Grizzle, Star Writer
The Lime Comedy Café got off to a blazing start on familiar grounds at the South Beach Café Wednesday night.
The first show of the 2014 season got under way to a packed crowd as scores off comedy lovers flocked the venue with hopes of getting a bellyfull of laughter.
Hosts Ity and Fancy Cat kicked things off at 8:30 and sent the crowd into a frenzy as they took aim at some of the most current, controversial issues particularly Vybz Kartel's imprisonment and the Prime Minister's frequent trips overseas.
They were careful in calling names however, stating that there are people in the audience with cellular phones - expressing recorded material on phones "never goes away".
At one point, Ian 'Ity' Ellis got into character, imitating Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, much to the delight of the audience. In the voice of the PM, Ity reminded Jamaicans that Simpson Miller was a very busy woman and when she's missing from the local sphere she's, "working, working, working".
The duo paved the way for Internet sensation Dutty Berry making his stand-up comedy debut on the Comedy Café stage.
Clad in his usual nerd attire, Berry came out bearing cue cards and admitting his nervousness.
The youngster's hope of connecting with the audience materialized as his 'Why, Jamaicans Why' act had guests laughing as he spoke of the crazy habits Jamaicans have.
Following his performance, Berry said he was grateful for the experience and said it was something he would definitely try again as he continues to grow and gain experience.
The other two acts of the night were Miss 'Tan deh deh', Kathy Grant and Dr Michael Abrahams.
Both delivered strong performances in their unique styles. Grant spoke on just about everything including hardworking women and their independence, ugly babies and ugly people, using one particular local politician to drive home her point.
Dr Abrahams, in his usual way, spoke about issues plaguing society. He too took a jab at Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.
Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, promoter and comedian, said the first show for 2014 exceeded expectations and encouraged Jamaicans to show continued support in the coming months, hinting at special guest appearances, new acts and even a new co-host as things to look forward to.
Ity expressed gratitude to title sponsor Lime for its continued support for the business of comedy and the careers of comedians like himself and Fancy Cat, among others. He also pointed to the growth of comedy and the love people have been showing throughout the years.
"The support is tremendous. it really shows that Jamaicans are embracing comedy," he said.
The other half of the dynamic duo, Fancy Cat, said he too was looking forward to seeing comedy grow in Jamaica and said the Comedy Café takes particular interest in discovering new talent.
"The plan is to bring someone new to the stage every month to see what they're going to come with, so look forward to that," he said.