Saturday, November 30th, 2002:

Though I’ll have plenty of time to update this page on the ride home, by the time you read it I’ll be back in Toronto…

I finally found my VCD copy of Money No Enough, the top-grossing Singaporean film of all time. I was also persuaded to get a copy of Talking Cock, which I’m really hoping isn’t a porno film. Another CD I’m hoping to find is a regular audio one; since being here I’ve twice heard oldies from the ’70s backed by a pumping disco beat and with sped-up vocals, Alvin & The Chipmunks-style. I was surprised to hear John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” done up in this manner, and downright shocked at a similar treatment of Supertramp’s “Logical Song”.

The first part of our Friday afternoon was spent at Raffles Hotel, first at their decadent buffet lunch, and then at The Long Bar, birthplace of the Singapore Sling. We’ll have to see if the cocktail glass I swiped survives the baggage handlers on the way home.

After that it was back to the theatre for some on-camera interviews with Andrew Chew, a local documentary filmmaker. Watching each other have questions put to them about comedy was a neat way of gaining insight into the passion we share about our craft. Perhaps it inspired us to do our best show yet that night; perhaps it was also the wonderful audience we had, with my old high school chum Ray Deonandan sitting in the front row. Either way, it sure is going to hard going back to Toronto, where I’ll be just another number auditioning for a Tim Horton’s spot 🙁

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