When you put a Barbadian, a Trinidadian, a Jamaican and a Guyanese on stage, what do you get?
Loads of laughter.
For nearly three hours last Friday night, the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) reverberated with laughter as the Rotary Club of Barbados and Capital Media hosted the Let Muh Laugh comedy show.
The show, which attracted over 300 patrons, featured Mac Fingall and Nadia Phillips from Barbados, Nikki Crosby and Ro’Dey from Trinidad and Tobago, Dave Martins from Guyana and Quite Perry from Jamaica.
Those who missed out would have regretted tremendously.
Opening the show, Fingall, who doubled as MC for the night, had the audience in stitches as he recounted the life of a dog. Dramatizing the thoughts of a household dog which often observed what was going on in the personal lives of his owners, the veteran comedian and calypsonian remarked it would be really dangerous if only pets could talk.
He later drew attention to the pitfalls of consuming alcohol while referring to some of the unusual and funny characters he grew up with in the rural community of Bayfield, St Philip.
Philips chose an unusual topic for her jokes – the frequency of her bowel movements, especially when she was anxious. The audience initially seemed a bit uncomfortable but slowly warmed up later to the stand-up comedian as she hilariously recounted the worries she felt as a mother whose children were growing up and how these worries aggravated not only her bowels but her anxiety.
The self-professed scared cat also mentioned the recent hurricanes which devastated a number of Caribbean countries, bringing hilarity to what is a tragic and serious topic. She referred to the plight of the current generation — the “technologically dependent millennials” — who couldn’t imagine life without water, electricity or Wi-Fi – the reality in the countries which were struck by the hurricanes.
“We can’t deal with that!” she said.
Delving into pop culture as well, Phillips took a jab at American television talk show host, Wendy Williams, who was recently photographed vacationing in Barbados. Phillips had some words for Williams who is known for being a harsh critic of Barbadian celebrity Rihanna.
“No one come for Rihanna . . . Rihanna bout hey heavy,” she said.
Dave Martins, probably best known as the leader of the popular 1960s/70s group Dave Martins and the Tradewinds, fused comedy with music. Delivering his stories to the accompaniment of the guitar, Martins brought much laughter as he recounted how Caribbean people quickly lost their accents when they travelled overseas.
Also noting how sweet life was for household pets when he stayed in Canada, Martins sang about how he wanted to be reborn as a puppy.
Nikki Crosby and Ro’Dey from Trinidad and Tobago left the audience in stitches. Crosby who performed the role of a granny, was feisty and clever. Ro’Dey played the part of a dim-witted thief by the name of Marvin. Marvin’s futile attempt to rob Granny’s home was extremely funny and entertaining.
The highlight performance for the night was social media sensation Quite Perry. The Jamaican comedian was warmly received by the audience. Delving into a variety of social and pop culture topics, such as Jamaicans at the airport, the brutal honesty of young children and the Kardashian clan’s liking for plastic surgery, Quite Perry had all in attendance ‘skinning their teet’.
Although he was the most inexperienced of the line-up with only two years under his belt, Quite Perry did not disappoint. The crowd were calling for more jokes as the show came to a close.