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A LIAR GAME
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「這是最好的時代,這是最壞的時代。」狄更斯以擲地鏗鏘的一句說話,拉開了《雙城記》的序幕。這句話之於現在的香港,可謂再適合不過,但若能多加一句,我會說:「這也是最笑不出來的時代。」如果參照需求層次理論,香港人連最基本的生理需求也未達到,又怎能開懷大笑?處於如此僵硬的社會氛圍下,卓韻芝偏要逆流而行,希望引人發笑。這個月底,她的棟篤笑《呃呃氹氹》將於麥花臣場館上演,讓觀眾盡情歡笑、苦笑、冷笑、嘲笑,為「笑」賦予各種功能和意義。

卓韻芝是個全方位創作人,她身兼作家、主持人、編劇、導演多職,言談間流溢濃濃的文藝氣息。她像水,捉不住摸不透,內心卻柔軟無比。曾經大肆宣揚單身有多美好的她,如今已過着幸福美滿的婚姻生活。以往,她的棟篤笑總是在針砭時弊,或大談中女的生存之道,但這一次她將回歸基本步,與觀眾挖掘生命的本義。所謂《呃呃氹氹》,說的不單是男女之間的感情轇轕,更是香港人的內心交戰。受社會刁難、被工作折騰的我們,是否只可以自欺欺人,憑着一句「希望在明天呀嘛」就能安然度日?我們應繼續欺騙自己生活得還過得不賴,抑或正面、進取地承受時代的衝擊?是次演出,她沒有鋪天蓋地的宣傳,只想全神貫注地寫稿和排練,培養情緒和狀態。她早前亦在Facebook粉絲專頁寫道:「香港有太多東西值得哈哈大笑,或恥笑。你準備接過就是。」

去旅行,非冷門的地方不踏足;就連公佈婚訊,也僅在新書《峰迴路轉》中輕描淡寫一句「我要結婚了,就跟你。」卓韻芝的言行舉止有多跳脫,不用詳盡已略知一二,而《呃呃氹氹》的海報設計同樣貫徹了她的作風。她裝扮為聖母,同時手執一杯珍珠奶茶,帶出詭譎之感。其實,珍珠奶茶為一個隱喻,意指大多數香港人那種追求安逸而不問世事的心理狀態。有事喝珍珠奶茶,沒事也喝,彷彿把快樂鑲嵌於一顆顆珍珠,令煩惱頓時一掃而空。只是,珍珠吃光後,我們又要如何面對人生?

年紀小小便進入商業電台兼職做DJ,卓韻芝甚麼風雨都見過。或許你認為香港沒有任何令人值得笑的事,可是她藉以豐富的人生經驗,把我們日常生活的細節串成連篇笑話。願我們看過這場棟篤笑後,會對人生和自己坦率一點,不再呃呃氹氹。

撰文:王以珞
照片來源:卓韻芝Facebook專頁、互聯網
美術:王曉澄

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This sentence, conflicting yet powerfully valid, was used by Charles Dickens as the prelude to his book A Tale of Two Cities. It accurately describes the city we are living today, but if I have to expand the sentence, I would say “it was also the time that we did not know how to laugh.” Studying Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, it is not difficult for us to realize that Hongkongers cannot even have our physiological needs fulfilled. How can we laugh under this circumstance? However, Vincci Cheuk Wan-chi has decided not to go with the flow. Her stand-up comedy, “Beautiful Lie”, will be held this month in MacPherson Stadium this month, giving new definitions and functions to all kinds of laughter.

As an all-round creator, Vincci is a writer, host, scriptwriter and director, and the way she talks reveals that she is a real hipster. Like a stream of water, her mind fluctuates a lot and people sometimes cannot catch the meaning of what she does or says. She once declared that she enjoyed being single before, but she is a married woman now. Her previous talk shows usually spoke out about social issues, or discussed the life of middle-aged women. This time, she prefers going back to the basic by excavating the meaning and nature of life. Themed “Beautiful Lie”, this comedy will not only touch upon the stories of love affairs, but also the fight inside our hearts. Tormented by society and our duties, is it enough for us to have faith in the phrase “tomorrow is another day”? We can either choose to live in a sheer self-deception, telling ourselves that we are doing quite well, or actively confront the shocking realities in this epoch of ours. Vincci did not spend much time doing promotional work; instead, she has been focusing on writing scripts and practicing. “There are so many things in Hong Kong that are worth laughing, or sneering at. Get ready to catch my jokes!” She said it earlier on her Facebook Fan page.

When traveling, she would never go to touristy places. Also, she just secretly embedded a short sentence in her book to announce her marriage. Vincci always surprises us with different things, and the poster of “Beautiful Lie” was designed in line with her personality. Vincci dressed up as the Holy Mother while holding a cup of bubble tea in her hand. In fact, the bubble tea is used to allude to the emotional state of a majority of Hongkongers, who would rather live in a vacuum. Be it a good day or a bad day, just have a sip of bubble tea and everything will be alright. Hongkongers seem to take pleasure in eating tapioca pearls, but after we finish all the pearls, what else do we have? How can we make ourselves happy?

Vincci started her career as a DJ in Commercial Radio since she was just a teenager. Perhaps you think there is nothing about Hong Kong which you can laugh at, but she is going to make use of her life experience and turn all the details of our daily lives into jokes for us to enjoy. Dear fellow Hongkongers, I hope we would learn to stay true to ourselves after watching the “Beautiful Lie”.

Text: Elok Wong
Photo: Vincci’s Facebook Fan page and the Internet
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #214

A LIAR GAME

 

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