The following is a brief interview with our local MediaCorp comedian artiste from Channel 8, Richard Low, or better known as Liu Qian Yi:
1. What inspired you to take up this career?
I actually had no intention on joining this line of work -- my friend dragged me into this. He was a trainee in the full time artiste-training course in the Singapore Broadcasting Station back then, now better known as MediaCorp. He signed me up for the audition, and since then, I fell in love with acting and never regretted this. The thing I appreciate about acting is the fact that the audience judges your performance, not the person writing the confidential report. There is no prejudice, our efforts will be fairly recognised.
2. When did you first get involved in comedy serials/sitcoms?
The first sitcom I got involved was entitled "Neighbours" in 1987. I was subsequently involved in "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and even later on participated in the local film comedy "I Not Stupid" which portrays the reality of todayís society. Another comedy serial I remember fondly is "Coffee or Tea", or "Shi Fei Wu" in 1995, where I got the chance to experiment role-playing a loan shark with a pleasant side in his character.
3. What makes you feel successful after all these years in your career?
Before I acted, I enjoyed observing other peopleís comical actions or language and I had an interest for it. So after I got involved in acting, I could and always try my best to integrate these previous experiences into my job so it can strike a chord in the hearts of the audiences. And when they do laugh, well, thatís what makes me feel successful.
4. What are the types of humour or jokes that can make audiences laugh?
In my opinion, besides being able to strike a chord in the audiences, humour has to contain elements of banter, goofy humour, satire, wit, dark humour or sarcasm. Though the audience understands only certain types of humour, and the script dictates as much as we can do, I try to find the best compromise or either, use a mix.
5. Do you think laughter can be spread in Singapore?
Definitely. With my years of experience in comical roles, I think comedies are more readily accepted and interests the audience. So it can definitely be spread in Singapore. In Singapore, which is an economy-based society, people lead fast paced lives and laughter definitely helps us to mediate our busy lifestyles.