I have two 'cultural club' friends (Chris & Sijie) whom i have known them for more than 10 over years and we always try to make time out of our busy schedule to catch some interesting theatre shows together whenever we can.
We got the tickets for "Happy Ever Laughter" a couple of months ago and finally we made our way to Esplanade Theatre today to watch it with much excitement as well as a 2.5 hours of non-stop laughter! All the cast has put up a fantastic performance and thumbs up to everyone involved in the production of this comedy show! Well-done!
Directed by Selina Tan and George Chan, the madness of this show comes in a variety of very Singaporean languages, mostly English but peppered with a little Malay, a smack of Dialect and Mandarin. So it is perfect for the family, eighteen and above of course.
The quality of talent on offer is unquestioned who can argue with a lineup which boasts the likes of Selena Tan, Moses Lim, Chua Enlai, Siti Khalijah, Michelle Chong, Judee Tan, Kumar, Sebastian Tan, Gurmit Singh, Najip Ali.
The topics covered ran the gamut of all that is close to the hearts of Singaporeans, from politics to food to medicine to cultural and racial differences.
We Singaporeans love to laugh at ourselves and can never get enough of such comedy shows. You deserve a laugh, so why not let these fantastic comedians give you a little Happy Ever Laughter?
Michelle Chong, probably the biggest star of the show thanks to her TV and movie fame, was resplendent in her pink outfit and donned the persona of a new character named “Salmonella” who is apparently the Vice-President of the SPG club, of which Barbarella (of “The Noose” fame) is the President.
Throughout these couple of years, Michelle has grown in the number of fans thanks to the multitude of personas that she took on in the mock television news series, The Noose. Perhaps it is her joyous personality or the effectiveness of her parodies that she took but either way, she was won the hearts of many Singaporeans.
Today, she is more than just an actress, Michelle has the very rights to boast of her roles as a comedian and a director. Helming her own production company, her movie ‘Almost Famous’ has stormed through the local movie scene with rave reviews and has even ventured across the borders.
Sebastian Tan, reprising his ever-popular persona of Broadway Beng, gamely takes jabs at himself over his recent weight gain and new-found man boobs, and gamely, er, milks the topic for all it is worth.
Maybe you are old enough to remember Moses Lim like us. Yes, he was the patriach of one of the longest running home-grown comedy series ‘Under One Roof’ that we loved so much. With a fatherly voice and a never-say-die attitude, Moses has been the one to grace our Tuesday nights in the past, as we gathered with the rest of the extended family in front of our television to chortle as our real-life experiences came to life.
Moses is probably best known for his role as ‘Tan Ah Teck’ in the comedy, and we can never forget his famous tagline ”This reminds me of a story.” For his effort in Under One Roof sitcom.
Kumar, who wasn’t too shabby in his white outfit either, was his usual zany and deadpan self with his monologue on property agents, old folks homes, drag queens and so on.
Are you truly happy? Do you even know what it means to be happy and what it takes to achieve happiness? These are important questions for anyone who is seeking happiness to ask themselves. I live my life to maintain my own happiness while trying my best to not cause unhappiness to anyone else. If you want to be happy you need to understand that you can be happy and that you should be happy. Many people make the mistake of believing that they don’t deserve happiness and accept their unhappy state as their destiny. The truth of the matter is that happiness, like anything else in life, needs to be nurtured.
The following are a few tips that I follow to create happiness in my life.
Understand what it is that will make you happy. Everyone has unique requirements for attaining happiness and what makes one person happy may be very different from what makes someone else happy. Revel in your individuality and do not worry about whether or not your desires are comparable to those of your peers.
Surround yourself with happy people. It is easy to begin to think negatively when you are surrounded by people who think that way. Conversely, if you are around people who are happy their emotional state will be infectious.
When something goes wrong, try to figure out a solution instead of wallowing in self pity. Truly happy people don’t allow set backs to affect their mood because they know that with a little thought they can turn the circumstances back to their favor.
Finding the humor in situations can also lead to happiness. While there are times that require you to be serious, when it is appropriate, find a way to make light of a situation that would otherwise make you unhappy.
Spend a few minutes each day thinking about the things that make you happy. These few minutes will give you the opportunity to focus on the positive things in your life and will lead you to continued happiness.
Finally, it is important to understand that you deserve happiness. Those who believe that they are not worthy of happiness may subconsciously sabotage their efforts to achieve happiness. If necessary, tell yourself each day that you deserve to be happy and remind yourself what steps you will take to achieve the happiness you desire.
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