Oliver Samuels receives Living Legend Award

Renowned Jamaican actor Oliver Samuels has been honored with the esteemed Living Legend Award, courtesy of the iconic Jamaican beer company, Red Stripe. The grand ceremony took place on March 8th at the historic Little Theatre in St. Andrew, a venue steeped in history and witness to numerous stellar performances by the esteemed actor over the years.

Oliver Samuels

Fondly recognized as the King of Jamaican comedy, Mr. Samuels rose to prominence through his iconic portrayal in the beloved 1980s TV show “Oliver at Large.”

With heartfelt humility, the seasoned actor accepted the honor, deeply moved by the recognition, especially on the very stage where his illustrious journey began.

“It’s truly a remarkable surprise. The fact that Red Stripe deemed me worthy of this Living Legend Award is simply astounding and humbling… because it’s been 54 years since I’ve been toiling in this industry,” he remarked. “I began right here in this very space. … Don’t you think I deserve it?” he humorously quipped, receiving a resounding “yes” from the audience.

Oliver Samuels

Expressing his gratitude, Samuels dedicated the award to all those who’ve collaborated with him over the years, particularly paying homage to the late Volier Johnson, his longtime entertainment companion.

The highlight of the evening was the performance of Samuels’ latest comedic masterpiece, “Teet an Tung,” where he takes on the lead role. Produced by Oliver Samuels Entertainment Ltd and directed by Pablo Hoilett, the play also features the talents of Jamaican luminaries Deon Silvera, Audrey Reid, and Tesfa Edwards.

In “Teet an Tung,” named after a popular Jamaican phrase symbolizing unity amidst discord, Samuels portrays Joe, a middle-aged entrepreneur. Joe finds himself in a long-term relationship with Muriel (Silvera) for over three decades, yet her pressing concern revolves around his reluctance to formalize their union or divulge his reasons.

Following successful tours across North America and Europe in recent months, the production’s run at the Little Theatre concludes on March 22nd, before embarking on further tours.