Gary Jagrup was a big hit at the premiere of the 2010 World Laugh Festival on Friday at the Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain when he performed impersonations of several political figures.
He really got the patrons going when he donned a wig and put his arm into a blue sling to portray the role of United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
With some patrons laughing uncontrollably, Jagrup blew kisses and waved to the audience before getting down to a question-and-answer session with an actor, known as Christopher B, serving as moderator.
When asked what she thought was the reason she beat Basdeo Panday in the UNC elections, ’Kamla’ replied that Panday had gotten soft in his old age. The moderator then asked if there will be any place in the UNC for Panday in the future, ’Kamla’ shouted:
’Yes, yes. But only in the UNC Dollar Fete, which he will have to pay to enter, though.’
Jagrup also did an impersonation of Panday, complete with silver hair and beanie hat. Asked if it was true that Oma Panday hit him after the UNC election results came out, ’Panday’ responded, ’Yes, she hit me two hard slap. She told me I would have gotten one slap, but the price went up after Kamla beat meh.’
Asked his opinion on the banning of cell phones in the prisons, ’Panday’ said, ’Yuh must have cells in prison, where de hell you want me, ehem, ah mean, want the prisoners to sleep. Oh, yuh mean cell phones? How else yuh expect me to call Ramesh? Ah can’t call on Jack to bail me out, so ah have to call Ramesh.’
Jagrup also did impressions of Jack Warner, Patrick Manning, Winston Dookeran and Hazel Manning.
Donna Hadad, who now lives in the United States, sent patrons wild and caused some women to get red in the face as she spoke about her experiences getting a Brazilian wax job.
Hadad said that women do all sorts of things, sometimes painful and involving much personal sacrifice, to keep looking great for the sake of their men, while the men just let themselves go without a second thought for their women.
Tommy Joseph was also a hit delivering the snappy one-liners he is known for. Joseph said that he went to Laventille the other day and a man accosted him at the large water tanks demanding to know if he was for the Gaza or the Gully. Joseph responded, ’Boss, with my vibes, I just cyar tell,’ sending the audience off with laughter again.
Another well received act was that of Learie Joseph with the Stammering Saint and Delores Alexander. The Saint opened the skit, explaining he was a psychologist that treats among others, high-profile patients, politicians and soca artistes.
He told the audience that a medical team recently discovered a miracle drug that helps cure everything from headache, heart disease and cancer to pregnancy complications and dengue. The drug, the Saint said, is known as panadol.
Joseph (L) enters and begs the doctor to help him work through his marital problems. Joseph was in fact ordered by the court to undergo counseling after he was charged with domestic violence.
As Joseph explained to the doctor, a bandit had stormed his home and grabbed his wife. Joseph began to beat the bandit, but every time he fired a cuff at the bandit, the bandit ducked and Joseph ended up repeatedly hitting his wife. The audience roared with laughter.