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 is a Jamaican comedian and actor. He is often described as the Jamaican "King of Comedy", performing both stand-up and comic theatre.[2]


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, Oliver 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).

Oliver 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.

Common Law/CONCUBINE[edit]

In 2009 Oliver Samuels took part in a pantomime that was a live performance shown at the Hackney Empire from 6 November to 7 November 2009. Called Common Law, the show was written by Jamaica's leading playwright Aston Cooke. First produced in Jamaica as CONCUBINE, Common Law has been performed in New York, Florida and Toronto. Common Law was about Oliver Samuels, who played Winston, and his wife Patsy. Winston decides to leave Patsy, his wife of fifteen years, for another young attractive woman named Lisa.

Winston told Patsy he was going to marry another woman, namely Lisa. Patsy was very upset because she was married to Winston for fifteen years as Winston did not want to marry Patsy Winston said "this is my house and I think it's time you moved on!" so Patsy left him. Later on, after Winston had been married to Lisa for one year, he found out that she could not do all the things that Patsy did, such as cooking,cleaning and housework. Lisa decided to hire a helper to help her around the home. Little did she know that Patsy was the helper, and Patsy found ways to ruin their marriage such as telling Lisa to make a stew with "pig's tail" knowing that Winston does not eat pork. Patsy also put bleach in with Winston's washing and ruined his clothes, and put itching powder in the bed. When Lisa found out about Patsy being behind all this there was a big fight between Patsy and Lisa, which ended the marriage.

Winston found himself depressed with no wife at all. Lisa, being married to Winston, had full access to his bank account and credit card details, and stole all the money, leaving Winston penniless. After a while his ex-wife Patsy came back to see him. Patsy was dressed really smart like a businesswoman, Winston begged Patsy to move back in with him he even said "you look very nice" but she refused, saying: "I have gone through fifteen years and I am not falling for your trick again!" At the end of the show Patsy said to Winston, "I have moved on and you Winston should do the same!" Winston was sitting on the floor while Patsy left the house leaving him on his own.

The whole show lasted approximately three hours and thirty minute.


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


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


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


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