by Shamar Blunt
If laughter is indeed the best medicine, last Sunday at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium was a place of healing.
Twisted Entertainment delivered the much anticipated ‘LaughBarbados’ to a densely packed crowd, who by all indications, enjoyed the fantastic treat that was on display. Rachel Price, Quite Perry, Chow Pow, Trevor Dynamite Eastmond, Christopher Johnny Dailey and internet sensation, Majah Hype out of New York, finished off the experienced cast who all had their own hilarious takes on Caribbean people’s habits and issues.
No punches were pulled at the gymnasium – the jokes were raw and deep, but at the same time made the audience laugh even harder when they realised how relatable the content was to them. Rachel Price, as always, showed us why she was arguably the queen of Caribbean comedy. Were her jokes raunchy? Yes, of course; anyone who knows Ms Price knows she gets straight to the point; there is no area she can’t, and won’t touch. Politics? Her phrase “I cannot vote in Barbados, and I will not vote in Trinidad,” was a sentiment she repeated during the latter half of her act to great effect. She also had commentary on those who were looking for relationship advice, to which she recommended the use of Aloe leaves for a certain ‘soothing’ effect.
Trevor Eastmond has been accused recently of losing his tough on the comedy scene, and on Sunday one could see why some may have that impression of the now experienced performer. The crowd took a noticeable time to warm up to the veteran, but when they finally did, they were glad to see him still moulding his craft.
Quite Perry is a rising star in comedy in Jamaica and his onstage persona and joke delivery were great to see on show. He was very much a crowd favourite on the night, with numerous fans seeking to get their photos taken with him after his act.
Mac Fingall, as always, was a dependable MC who kept the crowd going between the acts. One must never forget the name he built for himself in comedy across the Caribbean, and as an MC he was free to poke fun at the crowd, with often quick retorts to some of the brave audience members who got a little too excited.
Majah Hype closed off the night with a more than impressive performance for the first time here on the island. Showing off how familiar he was with Caribbean antics and social norms, he stimulated the crowd into a frenzy. Majah Hype is known for his many personas; from Timothy, to Ras, his gallery of characters is varied and much loved. However, no one is as recognisable or requested as Mitzy. And yes, as she would say “that’s Mitzy wid a Z”. Mitzy is a rude and confrontational Jamaican woman who always has advice for the ladies. She freely speaks about whatever is on her mind and is always ready for violence.
Laugh Barbados was a well-produced show, which mixed new comers with experienced veterans. We should all be looking forward to what Laugh Barbados 2 will bring to the table.