Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey is a jamaican actor and comedian, best known for his appearances in 'roots' plays. He is often referred to as simply 'Shebada.'
Keith Ramsey was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he attended the Franklyn Town New Testament Church of God and Clan Carthy High School. He was given the nickname 'Shebada' by his father.
In 2006, he entered the first season of the CVM TV (later, TVJ) comedian elimination show, "Comedy Buss," where he placed third. From there, he was recruited by Stages Productions to appear in the roots play, "Bashment Granny." The Jamaica Gleaner reviewed the play by saying, "Multi-talented Keith Ramsey is the pulsing heart of the show. He is the ever present next door neighbour who appears male yet seems to personfiy the stereotype that is ghetto female. The question of his sexuality is perhaps answered best by 'Shebada' himself, when he says 'mi deh pon di border line.'" The play was a smash hit which played until June, 2007 at the Ward Theatre, Kingston. His following play, "Shebada Comes to Town," debuted in July, 2007. The play was based on the journey of Shebada, a country boy, to the big city, where he finds a room in a tenement yard occupied by a seedy and diverse group of characters. The Gleaner stated: "Judging by the reviews and pop culture references to his on stage character, Ramsey is a budding star with his delightful sense of comedic timing and delivery, razor sharp wit and gift of physical comedy. A two month run was followed by a tour of the jamaican and west indian diaspora in the United States, Canada, and England. The play was succeeded by another roots play, "Like Father, Like Son." 2008 saw the debut of "Di Driva," by Paul O'Beale, at the Green Gables Theatre, Cargill Avenue, St. Andrew. The play tells the story of a politician and his wife, a former beauty queen, and their unsuccessful attempts to produce offspring. "Bashment Granny 2" opened just before Christmas, 2008, and was a sequel to the 2007 play with a script by Garfield Reid. The play looks at the influence of money as a class divider and a tool of corrupt practices.
In 2009, work began on a film version of "Bashment Granny," with Paul O'Beale as director and producer. The filming was done on location in Jamaica and in England. The movie was scheduled to open in June, 2010, but was postponed. Meanwhile, a new play, "Serious Business," which deals with a corrupt revivalist preacher, played to sell-out jamaican and west indian audiences both at home and abroad.