Friends, colleagues, supporters and admirers gathered at the Jamaica High Commission in London to celebrate the life and achievements of the Jamaican ‘King of Comedy’, Oliver Samuels.
Master of Ceremonies Delores Cooper OD welcomed everyone to the proceedings, before the man of the moment himself graced the room, flanked by both Jamaica High Commissioner Seth George Ramocan CD and Deputy High Commissioner Angella Rose-Howell.
In a room of smiling faces (not least at Olivers jokes and stories), Oliver’s previous colleagues and friends paid tribute to a man who has dedicated nearly 50 years of his life to acting and comedy.
“I want to pay tribute to an undisputed treasure of Jamaica, Oliver Adolphus Samuels,” started the High Commissioner.
“Just saying the name Oliver, you begin to feel good, just look at him and you begin to laugh. Oliver of course you are a born entertainer with an inate gift of bringing laughter, pleasantry and joy to the hearts and souls of people in Jamaica, outside of Jamaica, and we honour you today.”
Oliver is currently on tour throughout the UK in 56 East Avenue – the hilarious story of life in a ‘tenament yaad,’ it details the chronicles of a landlord trying to collect rent from delinquent tenants while at the same time creating a comfortable living space for the others. What is taking place down at 56 East Avenue?
56 East Avenue, the brand new comedy featuring Oliver Samuels, celebrating his 70th alongside a super star-studded cast including Volier ‘Maffy’ Johnson, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Lakeisha Ellison.
Long time friend and colleague, dancer and choreographer Carlton “Jackie” Guy MBE CD reminisced of the early days they worked together. “Oliver wanted an audience to hear what he had to say. He had words to say. Happy Birthday in your 70th year and may God continue to give you all the blessings.”
Cast member and friend ‘Maffy’ spoke of Oliver fondly, “When we worked together in theatre, we always have fun. We have had great times together. We’d stop and have a drink and chat foolishness and share dreams.”
Before the night was finished Oliver was presented with a Birthday Cake, a guestbook signed by all attendees, and a personal commendation from the Jamaica High Commission.
In the presence of the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, the legendary David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan, Marcia McLaughlin of The Phoenix Newspaper and many more, a great time was had by all, sharing food, drinks, and stories of Oliver. Congratulations on your 70th Birthday Oliver, here’s to many more years of laughs and entertainment.