About Jamaican Actor Keith Ramsey

by Kevin Belhumeur

Keith Ramsey, also simply known as "Shebada," is a Jamaican comedian and actor. He began his career on the first season of "Comedy Buss," a Jamaican television show based on finding talented stand-up comedians. After the show ended, Keith Ramsey gained popularity for his outstanding performances in the plays "Bashment Granny," "Shebada Comes to Town" and "Ghett Out."

"Bashment Granny"

After a third place finish on the comedian elimination show "Comedy Buss," Keith Ramsey was recruited to play the role of the next door neighbor in the roots play "Bashment Granny." The play comically details the lives of a family of three -- Mr. Bashment, his con man son Trevor and a pilot named Jookie. The backbone of the play lies within the homo-eroticized interactions of the predominantly male cast. The "Jamaica Gleaner" newspaper raved about Ramsey's performance in the play by saying "James 'Shebada' Bones ... is the pulsing heart of the show. He is an ever-present next door neighbour who appears male yet seems to personify the stereotype that is 'ghetto-female.'" "Bashment Granny" debuted in 2007 and played in theaters throughout Kingston, Jamaica.

"Shebada Comes to Town"

Keith Ramsey's second play debuted in July of 2007 and was called "Shebada Comes to Town." The play was a spin-off of "Bashment Granny," featuring Ramsey's breakout character Shebada. The plot focuses on Shebada's journey from the countryside to the city, where he finds a room in a tenement yard and is forced to interact with a diverse group of unkempt individuals. The "Jamaica Gleaner" once again applauded Ramsey's performance, saying " ... Ramsey is a budding star with his delightful sense of comedic timing and delivery, razor-sharp wit and his gift of physical comedy."

"GhettOut"

Keith Ramsey starred in a new comedy titled "Ghett Out" in 2010. The play takes place in a ghetto, where the three main characters Shebada, Barbara and Maude live as tenants. "Ghett Out" is ripe with dirty jokes and bumbling malapropism -- the incorrect and inappropriate use of a word. Ramsey's performance in "Ghett Out" was heralded by the "Jamaica Gleaner" as effortlessly skillful. He was also praised for creating witty on-the-fly responses to heckling crowd participants.

Personal Life Controversy

In May 2007, Keith Ramsey's personal life came under scrutiny. The "Jamaica Star" newspaper reported that Keisha Shaw, a woman previously identified as Ramsey's fiance, claimed Ramsey used her in an attempt to dispel rumors that he was gay. Ramsey disputed the story, maintaining that the pair were still together and in love.

About the Author

Kevin Belhumeur began writing and editing in 2008. He has written sports-related articles for the "Newport Beach Daily Pilot" and has copy-edited for the "UCLA Daily Bruin." Belhumeur holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California-Los Angeles.