Saturday Video: Having a Laugh With Paul Keens-Douglas
Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Robin Williams, Martha Stewart – I’ve met and worked with a lot of different celebrities over the course of my PR career. Never, though, have I been more starstruck than when I met the man pictured above. His name: Paul Keens-Douglas.
The King of Caribbean Storytellers
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 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 funny. Tanti at de Oval still makes me laugh every time I hear it. Party Nice, with Slim constantly steupsin‘, is a classic right up there with anything Cosby ever put on wax.
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 Caribbean life is really like.
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.
Meeting Paul Keens-Douglas
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. What I do remember, though, is nearly peeing my pants when I got the chance to shake his hand.
This video above may have a similar effect on you as it’s taken from another one of his funny stories…