IT HAD A LINE-UP featuring the crème de la crème of Crop Over.
It offered a mixture of social commentary, party tunes and bashment soca.
It also featured one of the best sounding backing bands this season.
It was staged before a sell-out audience at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Wednesday night.
But more importantly, what Bacchanal Time and the Best of Crop Over had that no other show for this Crop Over season had was comedy galore.
When it wasn’t emcee KB Kleen, it was the comedic duo of Rum & Koke. And when the standing-room only audience thought they had gotten their fill Queen Archibull Cox graced the stage with her presence.
Laughs were loud and cackles echoed in the auditorium long after a joke was told. People were left in stitches at the sheer genius of the acts.
All the material was original and nothing was rehashed. KB Kleen was full of energy and on point the entire night and wasted no time in getting the show started.
He made on-the-spot jokes about some of the songs, politics and people in the audience, nothing was sacred.
Rum & Coke (below) were brilliant. They did two separate skits. One on was a live broadcast of a Tv show Festival Rage hosted by Cadmiral with Shout Back as guest.
It started out with Cadmiral quizzing Shout Back about what makes a song a hit. The host then launched into bashment music saying it wasn’t marketable.
He fielded live calls but all who disagreed with him were abruptly cut off, until one echoed a supporting sentiment. The caller said: “Cadmiral I agree with you, people putting out a lot of crap music and I am calling names. Your son Cadmiral, your son does sing nuff . . .” and the audience burst out in laughter.
The second skit was about “the PM” being chaffeured in a new Mercedes Benz. The vehicle had a “pothole censor” and throughout the ride, the censor went off. That skit too was as hilarious and well-received as the first.
Queen Archibull Cox literally “up de ting”. Queen appeared to turn bougie and stush as she ditched the bright coloured wig, netted stockings and short wear for a more sophisticated look.
Peter Ram brought the crowd to their feet.
She was clad in a lovely black and white dress with black and white hair to match.
She was also sporting a pair of white sunglasses. But by the time Queen had ended her half hour of stand-up comedy it was clear the attire was a mere ruse.
She was candid and hilarious. She dealt with Bajan relationships, Bajan dishonesty, Bajan parenting and Bajan hygiene.
The crowd was sent into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. But that was to be expected as KB Kleen reminded the patrons that Bacchanal Time was managed by MADD Entertainment a group of guys who were “igrunt comedians for years”.
A patron seems to be “dropping anchor” for RPB.
Second-place winner in the recently held Sweet Soca competition Nikita opened the show.
During the night patrons heard sweet-singing from Marvay, Donella, Sanctuary, Classic, Leadpipe & Saddis, Edwin and Biggie Irie.
Peter Ram brought the crowd to their feet. There was a bashment segment featuring Marzville, Scrilla, Lady Essence and king Stiffy who went back to 2008 and came forward.
Sweet Soca king RPB closed the evening as the massive rocked their way out of the LESC.
The show was repeated Thursday night.