Before the Laughter Lounge comedy shows arrived five years ago for its regular monthly performances, the appearance of comedians from the U.S. in Cayman was sporadic.
Promoters Brad Watts and Rod Jefferson teamed up to create the Friday and Saturday shows, usually hosted by the hilarious Damon Williams, and they have built up a strong regular crowd ever since.
The next uproarious nights are on July 31 and Aug. 1 at Margaritaville in downtown George Town.
The shows will feature the dynamic duo of Leon Rogers and Tony Sculfield from Starz’s “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up” who have appeared on BET “Comic View,” “Def Comedy Jam” and P. Diddy’s “Bad Boys of Comedy.”
Watts is looking forward to this pair’s set because they have been to Cayman before and love it. They are arguably two of the funniest comics so far in these shows.
Rogers has appeared once as a headliner and has guest hosted twice. Sculfied has appeared once as a headliner and was a feature act at the comedy festival at Tiki Beach in 2012.
Though Margaritaville is a sizeable venue, the popularity of these shows means there is always a full house. “We only advertise to the local crowd, and last month’s show at Margaritaville found us having to squeeze in extra tables to accommodate the crowd who bought tickets at the door,” said Watts.
The performers like coming to Cayman for obvious reasons, Watts said, considering they are usually coming from chilly climes in America.
During the day, they get to relax on the beach and enjoy the local amenities.
“Damon Williams, the host, says that there are always comics asking him to get put on our show because they have heard from other comics how much fun they had while they were here,” said Watts.
The feedback Laughter Lounge generally receives is that people really enjoy the show, he added.
“They love being able to get out and laugh once in a while, especially with all that is going on in Cayman and everywhere else around the world. This pretty much sums up Damon’s motto of ‘Let’s laugh tonight and we can be serious tomorrow.’”
Doors open at 7 p.m. Early ticket special is $25 and includes a free drink. Tickets can be purchased at Executive Services, 316 Dorcy Drive, Alexander Place, Grand Cayman, or by calling Rod Jefferson on 326-4510.