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.

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                            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

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