Gina loves comedy - and gets her first headline gig
Being funny just came naturally to Gina Davis. She grew up in a household where everyone from her father to her brothers were always telling jokes.
The entertainer, who goes by stage name ‘Gina Love’, is gearing up to perform her first headlining gig ‘The Gina Love Show’ - running tomorrow, Friday and Saturday night at the Earl Cameron Theatre in City Hall at 8pm.
Written and directed by Patricia Pogson-Nesbitt, Ms Davis hopes to tickle the audience’s funny bone with her unique brand of stand up comedy.
She will be performing on the spot with friends from Improv Bermuda, as well as a skit with other friends and actors.
A live band with lead vocalist Hugh Murray, whom Ms Davis described as “the most authentic Caribbean voice that you’ll hear”, and guest vocalist Tianja Bean, will share the stage at the three-night comedy event.
CedarBridge Academy students Deston Campbell and Tafari Rayner, who play the keyboard and bass respectively, will be taking to the stage with the band.
Ms Davis wanted to get young musicians together with some older band members so they could learn and feed off each other’s energy, like she witnessed at music clubs as a teenager.
“Nowadays you don’t see young people playing in clubs and bands when you go into the music scene. You just see the guys I grew up with still playing.
“When I decided I wanted to have my show, a live band was a must. And I said I would like to see some young guys with some older guys because that is a learning experience in itself for them.”
Ms Davis first started doing stand up comedy 12 years ago. The first time she got up on the stage to tell jokes she received a warm welcome from the audience and people came up to her after the performance and encouraged her to do her own show.
She continued performing at various locations around the Island, but never felt ready to step out on her own.
Then last summer while working with local comedian Bootsie at Grotto Bay Hotel, she had to fill in for him one day when he fell ill.
“There were people there and the show had to go on when Bootsie got sick so I said ‘Ok, fine I’ll stand in for him’.
“You can’t just tell the people who came to leave so I had to do the show and when I left there I said ‘I think I am ready now’.”
Ms Davis said comedy is often used to ease a tense situation or cover a touchy subject. When it comes to her routine she said many of her jokes are about personal experiences.
“I joke about myself for the most part and the fact I am voluptuous, that I can’t buy bras in my size in Bermuda and I tell jokes about being 50 years old and about relationships,” she said. “When you are this age dating is different than when you are 22.”
But one thing fans shouldn’t expect to hear is any jokes she has done before. This routine is “absolutely fresh”, she explained.
“It’s a little different from what I have done in the past. I have students in the show and a lot of times when you go to comedy shows there is a lot of cursing.
“Children in the show will not be exposed to any of that because I’m also a teacher and it won’t happen.”
Patron tickets, $50, are available for tomorrow night’s performance and include a reception at City Hall with hors d'oeuvres; as well as a free drink at the cast party at Shine's on Saturday.
General tickets, $35, are available from www.bdatix.bm.