Dufton Shep­herd takes a shot at pay-per-view

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - SHEREITA GRIZZLE Staff Re­porter

Pop­u­lar co­me­dian Dufton Shep­herd was set to re­lease the sec­ond edi­tion of his com­edy spe­cial ‘Slightly Un­hinged’ last month, but with COVID-19 con­tin­u­ing its stran­gle­hold on the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, plans for a phys­i­cal show were thwarted.

Not want­ing to dis­ap­point his fans, Shep­herd de­cided to take his plans to the vir­tual space. How­ever, rather than Instagram, Face­book and Zoom, Shep­herd has cho­sen to use pay-per-view.

“When you look at job loss, kids be­ing at home, the COVID deaths, the sick­ness, cou­pled now with the protests go­ing on across the world, this time of en­ter­tain­ment is needed and I don’t think peo­ple would mind pay­ing for it,” he said. “This is a one-hour op­por­tu­nity to laugh, en­joy your­selves, re­lieve your stress from your home. And when you think of it, it prob­a­bly work out bet­ter than if you did a ‘go out’, be­cause you woulda affi think about clothes, trans­porta­tion, money for re­fresh­ments. The fee is a small price to pay for the qual­ity of show that you’ll be get­ting.”

EARN­ING OP­POR­TU­NITY

Shep­herd said this show is an op­por­tu­nity for him and other stand-up co­me­di­ans to earn as COVID ‘stop dem food’.

“But the bills nuh stop, and we still have kids to feed and fam­i­lies to take care of. I can’t sid­dung and dead fi hun­gry be­cause nuh stim­u­lus pack­age never a reach we, there wasn’t any area for us to ap­ply. This is an op­por­tu­nity for me to earn and for the Slightly Un­hinged brand to take a dif­fer­ent turn and ma­ture,” he said. “I’ll be us­ing two co­me­di­ans per show and it will give other per­sons a chance to not only per­form but to earn.

Since the show will be pay-per-view, the pro­ceeds will be used to pay them. And it’s not just the co­me­di­ans who will be earn­ing. We have the cam­era­men, edi­tors, lo­ca­tion and light­ing peo­ple who will also ‘eat a food’.”

The co­me­dian said he’s hop­ing that based on how dis­ap­pointed peo­ple were that the phys­i­cal show had to be can­celled, the on­line event will at­tract im­mense sup­port.

“The love for our co­me­di­ans has al­ways been real, and peo­ple will ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that we are not look­ing for hand­outs. We are of­fer­ing you qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment for your money. It’s re­ally a win-win sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

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