03 February 2008

When you fit in, you don't stand out

Wow, that phrase dawned upon me tonight when I was thinking about the difference between Cantonese stand-up comedy and English stand-up comedy. I realized that Hong Kong people want to fit in and therefore they're too scared to be the first one to stand out at anything. It hit me when people were asked a question and no one raised their hand until the first person did, and once the first person did, everyone else raised their hands accordingly. Then in the English show, people seemed to want to stand out so were fighting to be the first one to be noticed when asked something. I'm not saying either one is better, but this is something that I think makes a lot of sense :)

Tonight's show was awesome! All the comedians were in tip top condition and everyone agreed that the audience was seriously one of the best we've had since the Comedy Festival that was held in October 2007. Wow, I've only been doing comedy for less than 4 months so far :) Time sure has flied but a heck of a lot has happened!

My next big step is the band show on 16th Feb 2008! RAaahh! I don't want to look further even though I know what comes up after that. You have no idea how excited I am about everything that is coming up for me and everyone around me :) It's awesome! So much stuff! Tonight I have a whole line of "work" to tend to but it's good, I still have tomorrow, Sunday, to catch up on everything although even tomorrow I have some appointments lined up :\. Yikes. So much happening!

Anyways, just wanted to share this thought with you all before I get to work. Enjoy! :D



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Keep up the good work. U speak better Cantonese than me. Hahaha!!!
Too bad I'm in a place so far far away thus couldn't come see ur shows. Post more clips on ur YouTube page, k?

Over n out.


03 February, 2008 08:17  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Hello, hello!

Woah, thanks for loving my sense of humor so much! :D I guess all those years of torture learning Cantonese has paid off in the end :)

I'll post more clips on youtube so stay subscribed :)

03 February, 2008 23:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it's a blessing in disguise.
No skills are ever a waste of time. Agree?

U call learning Cantonese a torture? Well I have to learn Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien (both r Chinese dialects), Malay, Indonesian and English when I was growing up. Hehe!!!
Not trying to boast here but I was one very confused child back then.

Imagine trying to learn a simple thing as a "dog or a cat" and different people will tell you different things. Hahaha!!!

Just something to share. :)

How's ur band going? Do u play ur own originals or famous ballads n songs of other artists?

Keep posting.

Slumber time.


04 February, 2008 00:31  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Yep, I agree, everything's a lesson worth learning even though sometimes they are really painful lessons that don't make sense until years and years later.

Wow, you must be all messed up then! As a kid I grew up hearing Hindi and Sindhi and it totally mixed me up so now whenever I attempt to speak in an Indian language, it comes out 50% Sindhi, 50% Hindi. Kind of speaking half Cantonese half Mandarin...

My band's good fun, I'm looking forward to our upcoming show, it's actually driving me nuts with anxiety to be honest but it's a good craziness I must admit. We play our own original songs, rarely covers. Too bad the quality of the demo's we've recorded are lacking so we don't want to put it up on our site :\

Anyways, thanks for checking back :) Do you have a blog or anything?

04 February, 2008 00:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ap kaise hain?

Well... I can add u on facebook n I do have a blog but ur's more interesting. :)

Hahaha!!! I totally know what u mean when we have to 'mix n match' our vocabs from diff languages/dialects.

I have friends who r musicians so I know what it's like. I especially love the jamming sessions in a recording studio. AWESOME feeling! To tell u the truth... one of my dreams when I as a teen is(was?) to be a drummer. Talk about growing pains.


P.S. I ABSOLLUTELY love Hindi/Bollywood films. Weird huh for a non-indian. Hahaha!!! I simly love Kajol.



04 February, 2008 06:43  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Wow you even know some Hindi/Sindhi!? Or did you just google that phrase? :P

Feel free to hit me up on facebook anytime :)

I really think I should learn my own language properly, getting tired of people asking if to tell them something and I can only say "I don't know how to say that :P".. or maybe I can fake it and say "gee lee goo loo", not like they'll be able to correct me....heh.

Drumming was yr dream? Ahah don't worry, when I was younger, I used to think it was the coolest thing, going wild behind a drumset, I used to always imagine it but always felt I wasn't "cool" enough to be a drummer until one day I just got up and started working at it (maybe I saw a dorky drummer the day before and that gave me hope? Who knows). I freaking adore drumming now, it's so therapeutic for me!

Ahaha I love Bollywood movies except that they are 3 hours long! :( I always feel guilty when it's over because that's 3 hours of work-time I just lost... I don't really have a big celeb I like, but maybe the woman from Om Shanti Om.

How long you been watching Bollywood movies and stuff? I guess we share one thing in common then, subtitle-readers of these movies eh?

04 February, 2008 13:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I DO know some simple Hindi phrases that I have picked up from friends n Hindi films but u r right... I did goggle that phrase just in case I screw up the spelling. Hehe!!! O.K. here's my spelling version of some of the words I know so correct me if I'm wrong. :P

Namaste = Hello
maaf = Sorry
Geldi chawlo = Let's go or 'quickly' go
kuch kuch hota hai= something happened

I'll see u on Facebook then.

HAHAHAHA!!! That's so funny. I know EXACTLY what u mean. I've worked as
an unofficial translator/interpretor for a company or even at social gatherings, as a mean of communication for people who's tired of 'sign-languaging?' to each other. I do get tongue-tied sometimes bcoz my brain is so jumbled up with words up to 4 diff languages/dialects at a time, working at lightning speed that u just simply got stunned. Hahaha!!! I have a few funny stories there n I'm laughing now thinking about it. I'll just tell u one. Imaging a sit down dinner for 6... between English-speaking n Chinese-Speaking counterparts n u r the only means of communication. As u go thru our dinner course... doing small talks n u translating the whole way… everyone’s finished with their dinner … n then u only realized u haven’t EVEN STARTED with yours. Hahaha!!! (Er… maybe that’s not funny for a Mr. Comedian like u. :P )

04 February, 2008 20:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well drumming is still on my list of things to do b4 I die so I guess I’ll just have to find time n means to do it. I really applaud a friend of mine who’s self-thought. I guess u do need a bit of talent with hand leg coordination… which by the way I really sucks at!!! It’s a wonder I can drive…Hahaha!!!

I love Bollywood films n I do agree with u that 3 hrs is a tad too long. One of reason why I like Bollywood films is the dance sequences and the musical feel to it not forgetting watching those beautiful gorgeous actors/actresses (OK, that’s THREE reasons :P ) Indian women are so beautiful. I’ve been watching since I was like 13? 14? and Yes! I’m a subtitle-reader sad to say.

Gosh!!! I do yak on and on and on. Hahahah!!! Better stop myself now and leave you be. I’ll end with a joke.

‘Have you ever heard of the help group for compulsive talkers??? It’s called the On And On Anon!’


04 February, 2008 20:08  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Ahaha that's so cool! I'm really no one to critique you on your Hindi so well done! Lucky for me I know those phrases so phew, at least I didn't go "is that what that really means?"

Very often, I'm my family's English-Chinese translator and whenever we're out, I'm always the one having to talk to the waiters and stuff to make sure everything is what everyone requested for! It's good and bad because you never get to just sit and enjoy, you're always making sure everything is understood. Ahah that sucks that you hadn't even eaten for that whole night. I get really upset when I'm hungry, like once I pass a certain stage, I just get angry if I'm not allowed to stop everything and eat :P Once I munch on something, I'm back to normal so God help any family dinners that don't feed me before they make me work :P

Ahaha, I actually want to learn the piano as well, the more I watch people play the piano, the more goosebumps I get because it's such an elegant instrument, it can play such diverse sounds and emotions and it's just cool :P But drumming's awesome too, no worries, hand-leg coordination can be trained so as long as you know how to crawl, chances are you'll be able to drum (some day :P)

And no worries about yakking, as long as you're a fast typer, I guess it's as good as talking little but typing it slowly... hmm if that makes sense.

And finally, bahaha On and on anon, my tongue twisted while I tried to giggle. Nice :P

Oh and yes, I see you on facebook now.

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