“Yuh Got To Pay!” Laff It Off 2014: Hilarious but One Sided – Gov’t gave too much material?
If one watches Rick Mercer or Jon Stewart with regularity you realise these dudes when looking at the inefficiencies of Government will rake their claws on the ruling side with equal alacrity as those opposing or in the minority, but it is funny every time – here at BajanReporter.com we try to do the same but it can be a challenge if one side can provide more material than the other?
This was essentially the challenge faced by producer Ian Estwick, director Cecily Spencer-Cross and the Laff It Off posse… The Opposition BLP have Leadership issues yet again, but the comedy troupe barely scratched it in my view, there is also the longstanding feud betwixt George Payne and Edmund Hinkson which seems in Limbo now? Luckily, Laff It Off‘s script like Mercer and Stewart’s shows, are also not carved in stone, so more contemporary adaptations have been promised by both Director & Producer.
Whereas the not only the economy as it is right now, but what certain TV personalities love to wear, are all part of an overflowing pot stewing with chunks of the current regime’s ongoing blunders… Ishiaka McNeil cross-dressed as “Rose” and bore a striking resemblance in spite or rather because of his beard in the faux-CBC episode of ‘Ethnic Trendsetters‘ which even drew a repressed giggle from Simon “Bus Driver” Alleyne!
The show draws heavily on songs which are considered “Old School” or ‘Back In Time‘ meaning from late 70’s to early 90’s – such as the opening scene where the patrons and crew of the Nook & Cranny Bar were in Dodds and their plight was set to Billy Ocean’s “Suddenly,” the audience was gasping for their cackles!
There was even a clever inclusion of one of their sponsors when examining the habits of the Prime Minister, this joke made many a patron bellow since Laff It Off was on the ball and did not fumble…
The Health legacy which Donville Inniss left behind in his first term, where most products and services now entail a fee (Yuh Got To Pay – the show’s recurring theme) was blazed to wicked proportions between Peta Alleyne as a typical QEH nurse and Toni-Ann Johnson as a desperate Caricom patient.
The Nook & Cranny posse did their own versions of Shakespeare with the obvious take on Julius Caesar and the Eager Eleven while the pound of flesh, money-lending Jew introduced himself as; “I, am F. Shylock!” IMF?
But the security needs to beware of possible hecklers? When there was a religious skit which mentioned the Reverend Lucy Chin-Hair, this audience laughter was too raucous for too long and seemed over the top and deliberate to try and draw away from the event.
There seems to be new talent according to the interlude videos; polo captain Jeffrey Evelyn moonlighting as a car-canteen owner and Trevor Perkins as a cab driver! According to Producer Spencer-Cross, if they meet high approval from the audience they may graduate from screen to stage as new members!
The fact this show has successfully run for three decades, and their clever use of video to allow for costume changes (which also allowed a glimpse at fallen comrades still with wicked timing) means while Laff It Off may seem biased, it seems this is one thing Bajans don’t mind paying for – as punishing Government with laughter seems to be the best medicine!