Oliver Samuels

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Oliver Samuels
Birth name Oliver Adolphus Samuels [1]
Born (1948-11-04) 4 November 1948 (age 66) [1]
Saint Mary, Jamaica [1]
Nationality Jamaican
Notable works and roles Oliver At Large

Oliver Samuels (born 4 November 1948) is a Jamaican comedian and actor. He is often described as the Jamaican "King of Comedy", performing both stand-up and comic theatre.[2]

Career[edit]

Samuels found fame on the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation's television series Oliver At Large, which was created by producer Calvin Butler and playwright Aston Cooke. In this series, Samuels played his alter ego Olivius Adams, aka Oliver. The series featured sketches from Oliver's exploits, often with his sidekick, Maffi. Several spin-off theatre pieces have been created for the Oliver character, including Large Abroad, Oliver's Posse (1999), Oliver and Pinocchio (2001), and Oliver and the Genie (2002).

Samuels, known by most through his vastly popular television series Oliver at Large, has combined a career in marketing with life on stage, touring every year between spring and summer before returning home for his executive offices at Mack D's—the Kingston-based company where he is a director and head of marketing and public relations.

Abroad, he is known as Jamaica's Bill Cosby, and is a brand name that is synonymous with Jamaica and laughter. Samuels is widely regarded as one of the funniest talents to emerge from the Caribbean.

In addition to his work with the local car company, Oliver Samuels was recently selected by the wire transfer service Unitransfer to star in a series of advertisements that will market their products to Florida's Caribbean community.

Samuels also, in recent times, piloted the launch of "Oliver's Yaad Cyaad", which features Samuels giving instructions in Patois and standard English. The unique feature of Patois prompts is a first for the international calling-card industry. Oliver Samuels is known to speak perfect patois!

As well as having a large following in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, Samuels frequently tours Britain and North America, playing to the Caribbean ex-pat community.

Filmography[edit]

Out the Gate (2011)
The Mighty Quinn - as Officer Rupert (1984)
Countryman - as pillion rider (1982)
Oliver At Large - (1993)

TV[edit]

  • Chef! as Gareth Henry's father (2 episodes, 1993 & 1996)

Plays[edit]

Common Law as Winston 6 November (2009) Midnight At Puss Creek (2011)

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