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Saturday Video: Having a Laugh with Paul Keens-Douglas

Saturday Video: Having a Laugh with Paul Keens-Douglas

Naomi Campbell, Robin Williams, Martha Stewart, Traci Bingham – I’ve met and worked with a lot of different celebrities over the course of my PR career, but never have I been more starstruck than when I met the guy featured in the video above.

This is Paul Keens-Douglas. A native of Trinidad who spent much of his early years in Grenada, Paul (also known as Tim Tim) is one of the most popular Caribbean storytellers around. He is also one of my greatest childhood idols. During the pre-cable TV days of late-70’s and early-80’s in St. Croix, I used to spend endless hours sitting around listening to Tim Tim performances on records and cassettes.

Like most people, I was initially drawn to Paul’s work because a lot of it is really damn funny. Tanti at de Oval still makes me laugh every time I hear it, while Party Nice, with Slim only steupsin‘, is a classic in my book right up there with anything Cosby ever put on vinyl.

Paul’s greatness as a storyteller goes way beyond comedy, though, as his serious and dramatic tales give an authentic and rhythmically wonderful look at what life is really like in the region. I’ll never forget how Storm Comin’ put the fear of hurricanes in me like nothing else I had ever seen on TV, heard at school, or read in the newspaper. It still gives me chills today.

When I met Paul, I was about 10 years-old. We were at a party at the home of a family friend in St. Croix. I have no idea how this family friend knew a legend like Paul Keens-Douglas, but I do remember nearly peeing my pants when I got the chance to shake his hand.

The video above may have a similar effect on you as it’s taken from another one of his funny stories.

To learn more about Paul Keens-Douglas, you can join his fan page on Facebook by clicking here.

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