Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 7th 2016 Contents A26
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Kimron Ramparas broad, brilliant
smile is no joke. It s real, even when
he s off camera. But when he s in front
of it, he makes people laugh.
Ramparas is part of a social media
comedy circuit, developing and pro-
ducing short films reflecting on topical
issues. The Pokeman craze, for example,
took a turn when instead of finding a
pikachu, it was the local manicou.
Needless to say, the manicou s fate was
happily ever after for Ramparas at din-
ner time in the short skit.
"I was always kinda stupid. When
I was at school (ASJA Boys College),
my friends used to ask me what jokes
yuh have, " said the 26-year-old. "I
think I get my stupidness from my
granddad. He always had a positive
way at looking at things."
Actually, he said both his maternal
and paternal grandfathers believed
humour is an integral part of living.
"Whichever granddad I spent my
holidays by, he was always making
jokes," he said.
"They weren t big jokers but they
knew how to make people to smile.
But my family like real jokes and fun.
But we know when is serious time."
But his "stupidness" is not the reason
why he is called Crazy Legs. Perhaps,
the Crazy part folks may understand
because of his jokes and antics. But
this is his hip hop sobriquet, something
to do with his knees and the angles his
legs find themselves, although he is
not double jointed.
"I have four hip hop international
titles in Trinidad---three first places,
one second. I have won two titles in
the Dance Against Crime competition
---in the popping category and Battle
of the Year, I got first place for popping.
Then I won Outta Battle---first place,
all style," he said.
He still dances and manages three
hip hop groups. He also contributed
choreography for soca stars Machel
Montano and KI for International Soca
Monarch and Nishard Mayrhoo for
Chutney Soca Monarch. Those respon-
sibilities, added to his comedy produc-
tions, the role of Master of Ceremonies
at special events or managing behind
the scenes, studying law and his regular
day job, keep him very busy. But this
year, in particular, has been a demand-
ing one so far, he said.
"I have never been so busy as this
year, a recession year," he said. "I guess
with the all the pressure people want
'Crazy Legs' serious about humour
more to laugh about."
Ramparas started the comedy
production four years ago with
one video, now every week he
works on a skit and releases them
fortnightly on his Facebook page.
He writes the script, shoots,
directs and edits his pieces.
"When I got into this, I wasn t
into money. I want to make people
laugh. I have no limits to my
craziness. I like to make it into a
big production," Ramparas said.
"Even without social media, I
would still make people laugh. I
use social media as a vehicle to
Four years ago, he didn t know
how to act, wasn t into cine-
matography, never attended dance
classes. Now, he has become a
popular name as a result of his
raw talent and improving through
experiences over the years.
"Who inspired me? I don t
know where it came from," he
said. "But two actors who have
caught my attention are Jim Car-
rey and Keanu Reeves for their
humility off the screen. They are
my biggest role models."
Ramparas said he is more seri-
ous than funny. For one thing, he
is not giving up his dream to
become a lawyer. He also calls
himself an old soul, appreciating
the beauty of opera music. "When
I was small, I had magazines that
showed off these big opera spots.
Then on TV, I m hearing it. I even
bought a violin, because I was
watching it on YouTube, so I had
to get a teacher," he said.
While his humour always pres-
ents a positive message to look at
yourself, he gets mad too. The
unity, or rather the lack thereof,
ticks him off. In a time of reces-
sion, he sees it most prevalent.
"When Trinidadians don t sup-
port local, I want to hold them
and choke them. Everybody
should support. I buy what I see
down here," he said.
But there is unity among his
comedy brothers. On his Facebook
page, there s a selfie with fellow
comedian Sunny Bling, when they
worked on a project together.
"Everybody has a style," he said.
"I am not worried about who is
Kimron Ramparas is one of the comedians who has made his name by using
social media. He names US comic actor Jim Carrey as one of his influences.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONSALVES
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