Anyone seeking some side-splitting laughs to relieve boredom and general stresses of life should ensure they catch the January edition of Laughter Lounge Weekend.
Gary Owen came in for last weekend’s shows at Margaritaville, and just like Damon Williams before him in October, kept the crowd creased up for most of his hour-long set with adult theme gags and engaging, self-deprecating humour. His anecdotes on a childhood in a trailer park were particularly amusing. Owen is white, his wife is black and that provided some staple gags too.
Cayman’s relaxed, parochial life was also a source of inspiration for Owen, such as: “You don’t need a zoo here ‘cause all your animals are just walking around anyway… roosters, donkeys, chickens, I’ve seen them all on your streets.”
He also thought “a guy called Kirk must be the richest man here ‘cause he seems to own everything!” He called the Queen on the Cayman dollar “the Golden Girls” and seemed to be inordinately amused by our liking of rum cake.
There were standard takes on black people swimming, monotonous sex, disabled people dancing, large breasts and ugly women, all done with panache. Owen’s best-received material was probably blue whales mating, and his hilarious experience at a strip club in Ocho Rios.
Damon Williams was host, and he added to the general feel-good factor for the night. Owen has plenty of pedigree. He appeared in Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy and is a star on the hit TV show House of Payne.
Williams has worked on BET’s Comic View, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and P Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy. He was also the opening act for the Kings of Comedy Tour.
The Laughter Lounge Weekend shows on Friday and Saturday night were presented by Executive Class Entertainment directors Brad Watts and Rod Jefferson. Both evenings started with Stuart Wilson and the Love Culture Band, who always delivers polished covers of reggae and pop classics.
Laughter Lounge at Margaritaville features a different comedian every month from the hit show Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand Up, seen on the Starz Network. Proceeds benefit various charities in the Cayman Islands. Cayman AIDS Foundation/WNOL was the recipient this time.
The next shows are on 7 and 8 January when another brilliant stand-up, possibly Tony Roberts, will be performing, with Williams hosting again.
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