The 4 visiting comedians arrive in style via Brice Limousine Service. Each comedian donated their time to assist the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society. Left to right: Big Daddy Tazz, Kyle Grooms, Gina Brillon, and Ricardo Aleman. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society hosted the third comedy show in three years and their 2011 production was said by many to be the best one yet! The event ran two nights, both selling out at the Club House at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club.
A rich and varied mix of comedy was provided by the three visiting headliners: Gina Brillon, Kyle Grooms, and Big Daddy Tazz. MCing the event was local funnyman Trevor Russell along with American comedian Ricardo Aleman who each year assists in lining up the high caliber entertainment. "I had a great time. This was our best year, and it will keep getting better! said Aleman.
Gina Brillon, the first female comedian to appear in Grand Bahama at these series of events, gave a slice of life in stories from her home in New York as well as touching on her Latino heritage. "I had a blast! The show was amazing and so were the people! I was treated like royalty and who doesn't like that!" said Brillon.
It feels good to give back! Comedians of the 3rd annual GBPAS Comedy Show from left to right standing: Kyle Grooms (New Jersey), Gina Brillon (New York), Ricardo Aleman (New York), and Trevor Russell (Grand Bahama) and seated is Big Daddy Tazz (Winnipeg). Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
Returning to Grand Bahama was Kyle Grooms of New Jersey who once again pleased the crowd with his Barack Obama impersonations and references to being a 'non-threatening' black man due to his need to wear glasses. "I love performing in The Bahamas! The hospitality, the food, and the energy from the crowd was top notch. I felt like Barack Obama," said Grooms.
Two sold out performances were enjoyed by all those that attended at the Grand Bahama Yacht House's Club House. Photos: The Bahamas Weekly
Bringing down the house was Canadian, Big Daddy Tazz who not only is a hilarious comedian, but a motivational speaker. Tazz reflected on many funny family stories, as well as life in Canada. "The hospitality and friendliness of Freeport was second only to the amazing crowds and the magic breadbox at Pelican Bay Hotel! I wish all at the Performing Arts Society and its supporters bright blessings, warmest wishes and silliness," said Tazz.
Dalia Feldman, Founder, Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society gives thanks at the end of another successful comedy show to assist the youth in Grand Bahama. Left to right: Big Daddy Tazz, Kyle Grooms, Gina Brillon, Dalia Feldman, Ricardo Aleman, and Trevor Russell. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
Funds generated from the shows will go toward the youth involved in the performing arts in Grand Bahama.
The comedians enjoyed their stay in Grand Bahama sponsored by Pelican Bay Hotel, and were able to see some of the sites and enjoy the beaches before heading back to their busy work schedules.
Two of the comedians, Ricardo Aleman and Big Daddy Tazz made a visit to Lucaya International school, where they spoke to a the Grade 5 Class who happened to be studying the Performing Arts and stayed longer to speak to an assembly of the school's high school students. Big Daddy Tazz does motivational speaking on bullying and was able to incorporate this into his talk.
Comedians Ricardo Aleman and Big Daddy Tazz speak to the 5th grade class about the performing arts at Lucaya International School on March 14th. Photo: Dalia Feldman, GBPAS
Comedians Big Daddy Tazz and Ricardo Aleman visit Lucaya International School to talk to the children. Aleman's nephews attend the school and one of them was studying the Performing Arts. Big Daddy Tazz also spoke about bullying. Photos: The Bahamas Weekly
The Society wishes to thank the comedians who donated their time for the third annual show; its major sponsors for this event, Thayer's Natural Remedies, Pelican Bay Hotel, American Airlines/American Eagle, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, The Bahamas Weekly, Keen i Media and Mackey Media; the restaurants who fed our funny people, The Grand Bahama Yacht Club, The Garden Cafe, Agave and Banana Bay; the businesses who sponsored our ads, provided discount services, or services in kind or sold tickets, Sunny Isles, Coldwell Banker-James Sarles Realty, Macal Electronics, and Bahamas Island Info, The Seventeen Shop, Island Java and Antoni's Pizzeria; and the many GBPAS members and sponsors who keep the society alive!
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