After working as an MC and actor, now Joseph Ruelle from Canada will perform in a Youth Theatre comedy.
Recently, Vietnamese audiences saw a Canadian man working as MC for the theatre’s comedy programme, Meet and Laugh. This man will play the role of Mr. Macken in a short comedy entitled Internet goes to village.
We know you in many ways: MC for the Young Connection programme on national VTV6 channel, playing as Jack in the film “Sensitive Boys” but you surprised us when you announced playing a comedic role. What made you decide to make this shift?
It comes very naturally. When I took part in a gameshow I met with artist Chi Trung, Director of the Second Drama Troupe of the Youth Theatre. He said that he read my blog so he knew that I loved comedy and he invited me to play a role in this one.
But you have shown your comedic talent by hosting the Meet and Laugh program of the Second Drama Troupe?
I felt surprised and lucky because I have just worked with the troupe for a short time and have a chance to go to the stage. I worked as an MC before but this is the first time I have worked as an MC for a comedy.
You perform very well and are not inferior to any true comedic artist!
I studied a performance arts course at the Acadia University in Canada. I learnt about drama my first year but in the second I had a chance to play in short extracts. In the fourth year I got a small role in a drama at my university.
Foreigners often love water puppetry, body art or some traditional forms of arts of Vietnam. Why do you love comedy?
I also like other forms of Vietnam’s stage art, especially comedy, which is very difficult. For a drama artist, it is no problem if he turns his head half a second late, but in a comedy the artist needs fast, correct reflexes. More importantly, I’m a jovial man and I love the atmosphere of comedy.
You are well-known in Vietnam for your blog, acting as an MC and in a film and now your involvement in comedy. Have you chosen a long-term direction?
I want to test my ability in various fields. If I select only one now, I’m afraid of losing many other opportunities. There is a Vietnamese idiom “You live with one occupation and die with lots of occupations”. But in this age, people seem to love diversity. Me too. I’ll try my best and grasp every opportunity.
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