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Tribute to a comic patriot

Published: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

One week before this country celebrates its 52nd anniversary of Independence on August 31, Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) will celebrate the 35th anniversary of a true cultural patriot with four remarkable concerts at Napa, Port-of-Spain.

Having brought laughter to people around the world with his zany antics and lyrical savvy for 35 years, comedy icon Learie Joseph will be featured in a special edition tribute concert series from August 22-24. The event will be titled An Independence Tribute To A Patriot.

Promoter Randy Glasgow, in a press release said, “All skits will be produced and presented as mini movies, with full set designs as backdrop and full costuming for the actors and actresses.” 

Joseph’s journey to success was not easy as he faced many challenges and obstacles, these include being abandoned by his mother, being homeless and getting robbed. The release from RGP said Joseph still found joy in himself and brought laughter to thousands by making use of his unique creative spirit. 

In 1979, Joseph who was juggling a number of jobs including joiner, accounts clerk, real estate agent and restaurateur in order to make ends meet, decided to pursue his dream of a career on stage.

Joseph’s desire to be a performer started in primary school when he was in the choir.

His debut as a professional came when the Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW) invited Joseph to work with them, after he was spotted in a play put on by his church group.

After his role in The Black Jacobins with the TTW, Joseph appeared in the Jamaican comedy Smile Orange. 

Always concerned with the state of the nation as well as the plight of abused and homeless children, Joseph fashions skits that address these pertinent issues through comedy.