If you are a Jamaican and don't love to laugh, I can tell you point blank… there is something wrong! I believe that Jamaicans are psychologically wired to appreciate a good piece of joke and trust me, you don't want a Jamaican to laugh at you… dem wi laugh yuh to scahn, bwoi I tell yuh ( they will laugh you to scorn)!
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Jamaicans give the true meaning to DWL (die with laughter), so its only natural that we produce some of the best comedian who make some of the best comedies there are!
Now it would suit you best to learn a little patois to truly appreciate a good Jamaican comedy, so If you're not Jamaican, or Jamaican decent or don't have any Jamaican friends… go make one right now!
From these icons, some of the most hilarious Jamaican comedies of all time were born. Comedies like;
Oliver at Large
Oliver Large Abroad
Oliver and Pinocchio7
Oliver and the Genie
Class of ’73’
Midnight at Puss Creek
Titus in Town
River Mumma and the Golden Table
Cindy Relisha and the Dj Prince
Ras Noah and the Hark
Christopher Cum Buk US
Run For Your Wife!
... are some of the vintage Jamaican comedies that lives on in our hearts. And by the way, here below is a video from one of Jamaica's most popular comedy icons...
Oliver Samuels' Flight 007 Comedy Video
Contemporary Jamaican Comedians
I personally prefer comedies from the above greats, where the humor was a little more sophisticated, less vulgar and less boisterous, however, we also enjoy great comedies from the newer Jamaican comedians such as;
Keith “Shebada” Ramsey
“Bad Boy Trevor” Reid
Andrea “Delcita” Wright
and Maxwell “ Mr. Bashy” Grant
are far from boring and have young and old doubling over in laughter!
With newer comedies such as:
Shebada Comes to Town
Like Father, Like Son
De Weddin Scamma
... Jamaicans will have more than a barrel full of laughter to last a life time.
Rated Jamaican Comedies
But how can I mention Jamaican comedies, and not mention the comedies of my own childhood, albeit comedies that I was not allowed to watch because they involved “big people bizniz (business)!”?
Granny Rules with Ma’as Big Pants, Pumpkin and Andy
Fire Inna Mi Wire with Girly
Anda Mi Nose
Mawma Man with Juky Jam
Passa Passa with Chu Chu &
And I could go on and on!
Jamaica comedy (the brand) have reached far and wide, with our actors and comedians now leaving our island paradise with regularity to preform in other countries, such as the US, Canada and Europe, no joke (pun intended) :-)
Now go ahead and find yourself a nice Jamaican comedy to watch and laugh your troubles away, even if its just for a while!
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A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' - since April 2007.
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