Monday, January 11, 2010

Just For Laughs

What do you call a New Yorker, a Canadian, a Brit and a reality television star stuck on an island? Wait for it, wait for it. Bermuda’s Just for Laughs comedy show at the Fairmont Southampton (sorry, that was the best I could come up with). The much-anticipated laugh-fest took place this weekend, and although my hopes weren’t terribly high for a group of relative no names, I left feeling pleasantly surprised and 100% entertained. Reality television buffs should remember the night’s host, Alonzo Bodden, who was not only runner-up on Season 2 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, but came back the following year to win the grand prize in 2007 (take that John Heffron). Also on the bill was Godfrey, a laugh-at-his-own-jokes New Yorker who had the crowd in tears with his brand of men-are-from-Mars-women-are-from-Venus comedy (not to mention laugh-out-loud jokes about his Nigerian father. Absolutely hysterical). Next up, Hal Cruttenden, an Englishmen in a well-pressed suit who was quick to note that he was, “not gay, just very, very British.” Well done, Hal. Well done. And bringing up the rear was Canadian Jeremy Hotz, a small cynical man whose comedy was delivered through his own depressing life prism. To each his own, I guess. This being the fourth official installment of Just for Laughs Bermuda, it seems we islanders can look forward to another rousing performance early next year. Based on this weekend's show, I for one will be the first person in line.

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