What does it take to be a great comedian? Why are there so few successful comedians in Singapore? Why are there no shows like 今夜不设防 in Singapore (smoking and alcohol to bring out the best in the hosts and guest)? Simple answer. Not allowed.
Like Dickens, Eric had a very happy and opulent childhood. Things took an ugly turn when his father, a police officer, was convicted for corruption, imprisoned and had his property confiscated. The young Eric Tsang must have been severely traumatised, earning him some valuable experience for a life in showbiz. But who knows that Eric Tsang started off as a soccer player and moved on to be a stuntman? Instead of glorifying the good old days, he saluted the younger stuntmen who had a far more difficult job.
After going through some really tough times, he became a director before he stepped in front of the camera. Till now, he has been directly involved in producing, directing or acting in 200 films. From this video, we can tell that he was very optimistic about the movie industry back then. I wonder what he would say today.
Great comedians are often able to surprise us with some unexpected words of wisdom. Earning money is not as difficult as knowing how to spend it. Who would have thought of a hard truth like that? Eric Tsang stole the show in this episode. He is indeed a great talent, but we’re not even able to hold on to our very own Chua Lam, with many angry aunties and moronic moralists branding him as some cheap pervert. Even if we can lure him to Singapore with our tax benefits, there won’t be any room here for him to thrive in his industry. And dear Chua Lam, instead of being honoured as 香港四大才子, is probably going to have rotten eggs thrown at him for his interest in “underage” girls.
I wonder how many men flocked to Yugoslavia after watching this video.
© Chan Joon Yee