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Carnival Comedy Festival coming

Friday, January 9 2009

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Learie Joseph...
Learie Joseph...

IN LIGHT of encroaching recession bringing additional stress factors to a population already inundated with crime, social disparities and other challenges, Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) seeks to bring a measure of respite through the gift of laughter.

RGP will on February 7 present the First Annual TT Carnival Comedy Festival at Guaracara Park, Pointe a Pierre following up with another show on February 8 at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya. The show will feature the nationís top stand-up comics alongside several much sought after actors that specialise in humour.

In recent years attendance at the traditional calypso tents have dwindled significantly as the performances there have lost their appeal. People need and want to be able to attend shows that will, at least for a moment, make them forget the daily hassles they encounter such as rising food prices, escalating crime, political truancy and job frustrations.

The calypso tents these days seem to underscore these troubles rather than cast them away often times leaving patrons as or even more disheartened than they were when they arrived. The Carnival Comedy Festival seeks to lighten the load by showcasing the lighter side of life in Trinidad and Tobago these days.

One of the main highlights of the show will be the humour-laced skit exploring an explosive showdown between football jefe, Jack Warner and Minister of Sport, Gary Hunt. Peter Joseph will portray the role of Hunt and is preparing for the performance in which he will become a virtual Hunt clone.

Gary Jagroop who thrilled thousands with his impersonations of political figures during the Learie Joseph Stress Reliever Tour will play Warner on the campaign trail complete with his bright orange shirt, dancing to the music of Richie Spice as confetti cascades upon him. A surprise guest will serve as moderator during a debate between the two embattled politicians.

The show will also feature the Carnival He/She Queen Pageant in which participants will parade in Carnival Queen costumes complete with headpieces as well as in bikinis with full makeup. Already registered to compete is Clifford Learmond as Miss Spice, popular nuts vendor, Knuts Landing as Miss Island Girl, Tommy Joseph as Miss Tribe and Pee Wee as Miss Tribe. This segment is sure to cause patrons to fall off their seats laughing.

The cast of the Gayelle TV sitcom, Kutchursingh Family will deliver a major live performance, their first ever, in which the family and neighbours will deal with the changing times in their close knit community. The show is the top local situation comedy and has also crossed the waters to Guyana where it is one of the most watched television shows. Diehard fans of the series in Guyana have indicated that they will travel here to attend the show and meet the stars.

Following up on the success of his Stress Reliever tour that played more than 50 dates, Learie Joseph will bring brand new skits when he appears with his cast that includes, Delores Alexander and Peter Joseph. Also performing are Errol Fabien, Damion Melville, Kenneth Supersad and other top actors and comics.

For more information call 628-9158. Tickets are now on sale.

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