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A LIAR GAME PART.2
一場騙局 PART.2

豆蔻之齡,你我大概還在操場裏蹦蹦跳跳,快活不知時日過,而卓韻芝卻化名為「芝See菇Bi」,在電台當DJ才女。一路走來,她試過攀上事業顛峰,也曾與死神擦身而過,如今則是個能獨當一面的棟篤笑女藝人。第七場棟篤笑《呃呃氹氹》一如既往的表演,在笑聲中圓滿落幕,觀眾紛紛帶着笑話離場。不過,反覆細嚼棟篤笑的內容後,你會發現這其實不僅是一場棟篤笑,更是一堂課,道盡她對生命的深刻感悟。

演出正式開始時,《結婚進行曲》徐徐響起,阿芝穿着亮眼的橙色上衣,手裏捧着花球,趾高氣揚地步向舞台中央。沒錯,她由昔日的單身女王,蛻變為幸福的人妻了。縱然身份有別,但她那敏銳的洞察力仍舊沒變。她觀察到日常生活中,充斥了不少「呃呃氹氹」的場面。例如她家附近,有一家店經常貼着「最後今天」的告示,可往往都不是真的要結束營業。最離奇的是,「最後今天」後又回到「最後數天」,似乎在沒完沒了地倒數,教人摸不着頭腦。她認為,這正好比喻生命的循環與歷程。兜兜轉轉,我們回到原點,再出發,生命本來就是如此。

只是,呃呃氹氹的又何止店家?我們有沒有欺騙過自己呢?踏入中女的年紀,女士們都喜歡報讀興趣班,做手作、蛋糕等等,以為這樣便是享受「work-life balance」,某程度上也算是自欺欺人之舉。有些大媽於清晨跳廣場舞,造成滋擾,但很多人都只能瑟縮一角,硬逼自己忍受下去。棟篤笑接近尾聲之際,阿芝用粗口大罵廣場大媽沒有公德心,試圖為一眾香港人發聲。每個時代、每個地方皆有不同的衝擊,但我們應否如小孩子吃生洋蔥一樣,告訴自己「頂多一口就慣」?阿芝希望我們聆聽自己內心的聲音,正視所有問題。除此之外,她亦揚言不敢生小孩,生怕將來孩子回家跟她說普通話,同時也擔心會失去自己的時間。

若要數全場最溫馨的部分,莫過於她與婆婆的生活點滴。結婚當天,婆婆為了打麻將,竟然置斟茶儀式於不顧;婆婆耳朵不靈光,卻不喜歡戴助聽器,寧可享受一個人的靜謐。說到婆婆的趣事,台下笑聲源源不絕,就連婆婆本人聽後也捧腹大笑。這些趣事當中其實亦滲透了存在主義的思想--率性的婆婆帶出人類擁有自由意志,並鼓勵我們要活在當下,不用迷惘。而這次棟篤笑更特別邀請兩位嘉賓作暖場演出,其中一位為ViuTV節目《全民造星》的何啟華。阿芝覺得香港的棟篤笑藝人欠缺表演的舞台,更希望可以幫助推廣這項表演藝術。

說了一整晚,究竟「人生」是甚麼?阿芝說她不知道,也許是緣是債是場夢吧。

撰文:王以珞
照片來源:卓韻芝Facebook專頁、互聯網
美術:韋可蕎

Let us cast our mind back to the age of 13 or 14. We would probably spend a lot of time running around the playground, not knowing how precious time could be. Yet, Vincci Cheuk Wan-chi, nicknamed “GC Goo-Bi” at that time, had already started her career as a DJ. Throughout the years, she had reached the climax of her career, and she had also driven herself on the verge of death. Now, she is a famous stand-up comedian in Hong Kong. Her 7th stand-up comedy, “Beautiful Lie”, was ended successfully for it received a big round of applause and caused loads of laughter. However, if you mull the jokes all over and over again, you will find that it was not just a performance, but a lesson of her realization about life.

As the Wedding March struck up, Vincci, wearing an orange top and holding a bouquet, came onto the stage to herald the start of the stand-up comedy. You are right—she has become a wife now. Although she has changed from a single woman to a wife, her perspicacity is as great as before. She could observe that there are many lies in our lives. For example, there is a shop located near her home, which the shop owner always hangs up the banner stating “Last Day”, but the shop is still open. The weirdest thing is, after hanging up the “Last Day” banner, the owner would hang up “The Last Few Days” banner in the following day, like counting down the days endlessly. Vincci thinks it is a resemblance to the circle and journey of life. We go back and forth, keep returning and restarting. This is how life should be.

Nevertheless, not only the shop owner would tell lies, but we sometimes lie to ourselves, too. Just like many middle-aged women would take different courses, such as making handicrafts and cakes, pretending that they are having a good work-life balance. In addition, some “great mothers” (means middle-aged and retired women) keep doing square dancing in the early morning, which causes nuisances to others. But many people could only remain silent and force themselves to accept it. Vincci therefore used foul language to criticize the behaviors of the “great mothers”. There are a multitude of shocking realities in every epoch and place, but how should we combat them? Should we just force ourselves to take everything, like a kid eating a raw onion? Vincci hopes we could all listen to the whispers of our hearts and actively confront the problems. Moreover, she also declared that she is afraid of having babies, since she does not want her children to speak Mandarin to her in future, and she is worried that she will have to devote all her time to take care of her children.

The most touching part of the talk show was when Vincci talked about the anecdotes of her grandmother. On her wedding day, her grandmother went to play mahjong and simply ignored the tea ceremony. Living with hearing loss, her grandmother does not like to wear the hearing aid, and she would rather enjoy the silence without it. Most of the audiences, including Vincci’s grandmother, were laughing very hard while listening to all these anecdotes. Indeed, these jokes told us about a basic concept in existentialism—the behaviors of her grandmother actually reveal that we all have free will, and we have to live in the moment. This stand-up comedy also invited two guests for the warm-up performance, including Ho Kai Wah in ViuTV’s “Good Night Show - King Maker”. Vincci thinks many stand-up comedians in Hong Kong do not have enough opportunities to perform on the stage. She hopes she can assist in promoting this performing art.

After all, what is the meaning of life? Vincci said she does not know, but perhaps, life is a destiny, a debt or a dream.

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

ISSUE #216

A LIAR GAME PART.2

 

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