There was a whole lot of laughing going on!
On a dismal and wet Friday night, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center played hosts to Comedy night and chased a whole lot of clouds away.
The LaffAholics Comedy Series, whose home base is Brooklyn, upgraded to the full service performance venue for a night of laughter on January 10th.
Comedy night was adult only, although not all comedians in the lineup had adult content. Marshall Brandon brought the laughs and received a standing ovation with no cursing and a ‘PG’ content. His comedy focused on current events including the recent viral video of a fight on a bus involving a bus driver.
“The world is too violent…You know things are going in the wrong direction when you start seeing bus drivers upper cutting people on the bus,” he joked.
Puppeteer Nigel was another bring you to your feet crowd pleaser. His puppet was a girl called Cindy Hot Chocolate. The audience not only loved her banter but how she twerked it when she said her name. Cindy encourages the puppet master to talk to a cute girl in the audience.
“She thinks you’re cute,” Cindy says.
“How do you know,” said Nigel.
“Because she’s drunk,” said Cindy.
Show promoter and comedian Ray Dejon, known for his run on Video Music Box, promised more comedy at the venue including national, high profile comedians like Paul Mooney and Sheryl Underwood.
“The idea today is to expose the venue…start to do a comedy series…featuring national comedians,” he said.
Downtown Jamaica has been trying to reverse its trend of a non-existent night life. Although it is a thriving retail mecca during the day when shops close along Jamaica Avenue in the evening, so too goes the nightlife. Many have been working to change that. The addition of sit down restaurants to the area coupled with free street parking is a positive for nightlife.
Pearline Horne, of Nomad Marketing which produces several events in the area, said "Downtown Jamaica is the perfect location for nightlife activity. We look forward to working with promoters, local businesses and stakeholders in an effort to build a robust nightlife in the district".
In addition, JPAC shares a corner with the Jamaica Center Transit hub which easily transports welcomed visitors from throughout the five boroughs. This performance venue, available for rental, has hosted a diverse slate of programming including: a fashion show, a Jamaica Ball and Bollywood Dancing which is a boost to the nightlife. It can now add comedy to that long list.