A report from Jamaica's Star.
Homegrown comedy is back in focus, and Sunday nights in Jamaica will again become loud and hilarious as television sets light up and comedy fans warm up to another season of the popular Ity and Fancy Cat Show.
Now in its ninth year, the locally produced sketch comedy series had a riotous return with the season premiere last Sunday, and feedback from viewers suggests that the antics of the dynamic duo and their team of performers continue to evoke laughter, while they humourously spoof topical issues and have fun with unsuspecting members of the public.
This season brings some changes as the producers continue to mix and adjust in an effort to keep the show fresh, new, and different.
Among the adjustments are a modification of the introductory montage and opening sequences and the removal of the live-link segment that used to be recorded before a live studio audience. This live segment has been replaced by dramatic in-studio links and introductions.
The 'public participation' element of the show has also been heightened, with more hidden-camera scenes and on-the-street interactions with fans.
A new segment called 'Charity and Cheers' has been added as well. This is a special initiative that will feature entertaining performances by primary school students from all around the island and inspiring acts of charity as the duo and their sponsors give back generously to the country and community. The season premiere's edition of 'Charity and Cheer' saw the show visiting Boys' Town Primary School in Trench Town - the hometown of the stars, Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Alton 'Fancy Cat' Hardware.