30 YEARS OF HUMOUR: Paul Keens-Douglas delivers his act on Friday night during the annual Talk Tent at Queen's Hall, St Ann's.

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Nostalgia reigns at Talk Tent

By Gary Cardinez

The opening of Talk Tent 2013 was filled with nostalgia as the cast celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday night at Queen's Hall in St Ann's.

Leader Paul Keens-Douglas told the audience, "To do anything in Trinidad for 30 years is an achievement. Talk Tent is a family thing, we are one big family. Thirty years is a long time and we had some good times.

"One thing for sure, we have maintained our standards since 1983. There was no place in Carnival for talk artistes to show their wares. Talk is an art and so I begged Helen Camps for the use of her tent for one day in the week.

"Back then, Gene Lawerence was the MC, we were located in the Hollows, Astor, Roxy and then Queen's Hall and we have had the pleasure of working with Horace James and Stork St Hill, both masters of the art."

Friday's opener featured story-telling and humour par excellence from Keens Douglas, Miguel Browne, Roy and Gloria, Farida Chapman, the Midnight Rober and calypsonian Shortpants.

Felix Edinborough, the Pierrot Grenade, engaged the audience in his unique way of spelling words like "jubilee", "Ali-gay-tour" and "fill-and-throw-piss", while lacing his performance with political humour.

Roy and Gloria's take on mall shopping was interesting, to say the least, with Roy expressing his views on the gifts he gets in "Life socks".

The Midnight Robber was well received, while Chapman took patrons down memory lane with 18-18-1, the general election results of 2001.

And Browne's "Te Lay Lay" and "Movie Town" drew applause and laughter from the audience.

Calypso legend Brother Superior, backed by drummer Lion, was the singing MC for the night.

He got the audience to sing along with his rendition of "Bed Bug" and held their attention with his classic "Black Coffee".

"Supie" also made them laugh with his "Michael Jackson".

Edward Cumberbatch replaced guest artiste Raymond Edwards with style, his rendition of "Just the Way you are", "Yet Still I Rise" and "I will Go with You" solicited tremendous applause from the crowd.

In his performance, Keens-Douglas did a review of the 30 years of Talk Tent and had folks laughing.

And just when you felt that the night of pure, clean quality humour was over Superior introduced Shortpants.

Shortpants talks his songs and he did "Old Man's Lament" and "Invisible", the two selections his daughter, Heather MacIntosh, sang in the Calypso Monarch competition, placing third.

But it was his version of Bunji Garlin's "Differentology" that brought the house down.

The Talk Tent ended its three-night run last night at Queen's Hall.

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