The joys and sorrows of a life of laughs
September 20, 2007, 9:47 am
Filed under: Film and Entertainment

The joys and sorrows of a life of laughs

‘Lotto’ is an expert at making Cambodians chuckle but – like most of his fans – his smile has been cracked by a life which has seen as much suffering as success. Moeun Chhean Nariddh talks to one of Cambodia’s few surviving veteran comedians.


                            Lotto stood in front of his wooden house near Phnom Penh                             before he died a few years later (Photo by Moeun Chhean Nariddh)

“Bread, bread,” shouts Lotto as he walks down a Phnom Penh street with a big sack of loaves, looking for hungry customers.

A well-dressed man beckons him from a beautiful villa, and Lotto bounds up his door, confident of making a sale. He’s wrong. The man tricks him out of a bread stick and chases him off his property.

“You took my bread and didn’t pay me – you, the rich!” exclaims an angry Lotto as he leaves. Not looking where he’s going, he trips over a shrub and falls down onto a fence. Pulling himself to his feet, he staggers off, with a faint, drawn-out cry of “bread, bread” coming from his lips. Continue reading