Left to right: MC from The Bahamas Trevor Russell and the three headliners Russ Meneve, Ray Ellin, and Ricardo Aleman at the Treasure Bay Casino. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
Bahama - The NYC Comedy Club delivered twice the laughs this year with
two shows at The Cove, Treasure Bay Casino on March 12th and 13th and is now destined to become an annual event. The
funny men, all headliners from New York city traveled to Grand Bahama
Island to support the GB Performing Arts Society.
Returning from last year was Ricardo Aleman, brother of the founder and
president of the society, Dalia Feldman, along with two new faces to The
Bahamas, Russ Meneve and Ray Ellin.
Comedian Ray Ellin who hosts 'LateNet with Ray Ellin' performing at the NYC Comedy Club at Treasure Bay Casino Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
Comedian Ray Ellin, who has been
honoured as one
of the “Ten Standout Stand-Ups Worth Watching” by
Back Stage magazine
night's show when he began talking with one in the front row who was in recent news involving tuna
fishing efforts. Ellin asked him his occupation and the audience roared
with laughter. With such a reaction from the audience Ellin kept going
back with more questions, obviously intrigued and curious as to who this man was in the front row. Each time he dug deeper the
audience went even more crazy with laughter.
"Is he like a local mobster?" was one question from Ray Ellin. Later
after seeing the twin brother seated nearby, Ellin put two-and-two
together, as with the tuna fishing story being such recent top news he
had heard mention of it during his short visit. He finally said,
"There's something fishy going on here..." and left it at that as the
roared with more laughter.
"I had a blast doing the shows in Grand Bahama, and best of
all it was for a great cause. The crowds were fun and
smart and enthusiastic. And of course I had a pretty
interesting experience during Friday night's show (laughs). Everyone was friendly and our hotel was terrific. I
loved swimming with the dolphins and para-sailing; and the food was even
better than I thought it would be. I can't wait to go back to Freeport for
more shows and fun!" said Ellin.
Persons wishing to keep
up with Ellin can go to his website or watch the
Ray Ellin' on DailyComedy.com.
Both Aleman and Meneve delivered their own unique brand of comedy which
was greatly received and appreciated by the audience.
Comedian Russ Meneve
who made his debut on The Tonight
Show with rave reviews by Jay Leno
a regular performer at New York's
comedy clubs and
of the "New York Comedians Coalition" supporting the over 300 NYC
had this to say, "Performing
at this event was amazing! The
Bahamian people are so fun, an absolute
Ricardo Aleman, the
of the visiting comedians and webmaster for the
social networking website
"It was great to be
back again this year and support such a worthy cause, and I am excited
that this has become an annual event. My nephews are very fortunate to
be studying 2 different musical instruments each. I never had that
opportunity growing up. It's great to be able to give opportunities like
that to kids that wouldn't have them other wise."
Comedian Ricardo Aleman performing at the 2010 NYC Comedy Club at Treasure Bay Casino Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
"Last year, the bar was set so high with our first trio of funny guys,
and this year was no disappointment! It was such a thrill to see the room packed
with people thoroughly enjoying themselves. That is what makes us want
to keep doing what we do. We had so much fun
with Rick, Ray and Russ and I am so grateful
to them for donating their time to our cause. They are all great guys
with generous hearts, " said Dalia Feldman.
The Society also wishes to thank the following: Treasure Bay Casino for
the donation of the venue; Pelican Bay Hotel for the wonderful
accommodations for our comedians; TheBahamasWeekly.com for sponsoring all
of the publicity (stay tuned for the video highlights and interviews with the comedians); American Airlines for discounted airfares; Trevor
Russell, our M.C. for the weekend; Agave, Cappuccino's and the Garden
Cafe for providing meals; Butler's Specialty and Italian Specialty
Imports for donation of snacks and beverages for the hotel rooms; Olivia
Dorsett for all the graphic design; Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty
for sponsoring our radio spots; Nesbitt Rentals for donating tables;
Freeport Advertising for the donation of printing and posters; and our ticket depots,
The Seventeen Shop and Italian Specialty Imports.
continues its pledge to encourage a
wide-range of art forms on the island they are pleased to present
Naturally 7, the
a Capella style
music group will
appear at the Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium on May 1st. The group
specializes in what they call
"Vocal Play", where
each of them used their voices in
unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass
instruments to guitars. There are no instruments used in
their music, but you would never know it without seeing it. Stay tuned
for ticket information.
Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society was created to bring
artists and performers from around the world to audiences in Grand
Bahama. Drawing from Bahamian and international talent, a number of
performances are planned throughout the year. Proceeds are used for the
Grand Bahama students
the performing arts.
Join the Society:
In addition to contributing directly to this
success, Membership entitles you to Advance Notice of Events, special
“Members Only” Events, as well as Discounts at participating GBI
Complete one of the Forms
and either drop it (with your cheque or cash):
The Mail Drop on
Mall Drive (attention:
At the base of this article is a
Member Registration Form or
Corporate Sponsor Form to download.
a FAN of the GB Performing Arts Society on Facebook
(VIDEO) Ray Ellin Live at NYC Comedy Club Bahamas
The Funny Men Have Arrived!
A second night of comedy was added to the NYC Comedy Club this year. Dalia Feldman, Founder and President of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society thanks the comedians, crowd and sponsors on stage at the Treasure Bay Casino. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly