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Welcome to Bermuda! Ghanian-American comedian Michael Blackson to hit the stage this weekend

Vulgar and offensive are words that might be used to describe the work of Michael Blackson, who will be headlining an upcoming comedy show in Bermuda organised by Real Party Entertainment and Joke Boy Comedy.

“Really, really funny” might also be used to describe the comedy if vulgar and offensive suits your tastes just fine.

Ghana born Mr Blackson is known as “the African King of Comedy” and is famous for his comedy skit Black Friday released regularly on Youtube.com.

His comedy is inspired by the stand-up comedy of Eddie Murphy. He began to develop his comedic talent in 1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Since then he has made appearances on BET's ComicView series, HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at Harlem, and Live in Hollywood.

He got his big break in a Los Angeles comedy club where he performed with actor/director Ice Cube in attendance.

Ice Cube invited the young comic for a reading and the rest was history including a role in Ice Cube's “Next Friday” in 2000. This led to his series Black Friday, which is definitely not for children.

The comedy event will be hosted by Boston comedian Alwin Barrow CEO of Joke Boy Comedy, known by his stage name as “Just Al”.

“This event has taken six to eight months to arrange,” he said. “There has been a lot of talking back and forth, but it is finally happening.”

He made contact with organiser DJ Dennis (Bussy) Maynard, CEO of Real Party Entertainment, through a mutual friend.

In high school, Mr Barrow was deemed the student mostly likely to become a comedian.

He was born in the US Virgin Islands and moved to Boston with his Antiguan parents when he was a child.

A lot of his comedy focuses on the highs and lows of being West Indian American.

“I used to get taunted a lot in school because of my accent,” he said. “For the first couple of years I thought my name was ‘coconut', because that was what the other children called me. In my comedy, I focus on myself because I think I have a pretty funny life.”

He was excited to finally be in Bermuda. “I think Bermuda needs to laugh,” he said. “Everyone I approach I say ‘smile, it's a good feeling'.”

The first show will be tonight (Friday) at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.

Tickets are early bird $55, regular $65, and $85 for VIP that includes hors d'oeuvre, giveaways and red carpet service.

The Saturday evening show will be held at the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall. Tickets are $75 for the show and after party at Pier Six, $55 for just the show or $25 for just the after party.

For both nights doors open at 8pm and showtime is at 8.30pm.

Tickets are available at Shannon's, Choices, New Life, Yardie Kitchen, Audio Visual in Somerset and Hamilton and at the door.

Photo by Glenn Tucker Boston comedian Alwin Barrow CEO of Joke Boy Comedy and Dennis Bussy Maynard, CEO of Real Party Entertainment will be holding a comedy show Friday night at Fairmont Southampton Princess and Saturday at the Earl Cameron Theatre called 'Really, really Funny'.

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Published March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm)

Welcome to Bermuda! Ghanian-American comedian Michael Blackson to hit the stage this weekend

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