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Lai Man Cheuk benefits from Enjoy Yourself Tonight

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February 28, 2012 ROSANNA TANG

1990s popular entertaining program “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” script writer Lai Man Cheuk revealed his own harsh memories when being a joke writer at a university talk. “My pillow all went wet by tears, but another day I woke I have to put on smiles.” He said.


Lai Man Cheuk had been the joke writer in the program “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” for seven years in the 1990s. Despite all his harsh experiences, he is still grateful that he has worked at Television Broadcasting Limited (TVB).


Lai was required to create five jokes a day. He said it seemed easy so he applied for it. However, when he settled at office, he started to realize it’s very hard to produce jokes from day to day.


“Five jokes a day is easy. However, there are seven days in a week, and five weeks in a month, can you imagine how many jokes I have to create in a year?” Lai said with a bitter smile.


As he recalled, the most discouraging phrase he often heard from his boss was “You think it’s funny? Huh”. Lai said that it is very sad to hear that, and that represents you have to create the jokes all over again.


Seven years in “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” was a harsh time for Lai Man Cheuk. He used to cry a lot when facing failures, but he is not allowed to show his unhappiness in front of others.


“Due to the training from the “Enjoy Yourself Tonight”, I am capable to create successful jokes which bosses will agree on them.” Lai said.


Lai Man Cheuk said humor can sometimes be a problem solver. Audiences always possess selective hearing. “You do not have to tell the whole truth out, you just have to choose the part or the version they want to listen.” Lai said.


He criticized that the chief executive Donald Tsang failed in handling communication to general public. Lai thinks that media reports negatively of Tsang because he used to handle a poor communication to media.


He cited an example of a common problem appeared among couples. It would be a bomb when the husband said “I am not sleeping at home tonight”. Laid said, “It would be the another way round if the husband said “I am coming home early in the morning”. It is just the matter of wordings.”


Lai concluded that Humor actually correlates with creativity to a large extent. He said “You would never win over a crisis, but if you lose the minimum, you win.” He emphasized the significance of humor.

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