Comedy in haunted hospital

Here’s taking a look behind the scenes of a segment in World of Laughs (搞笑至尊), the Jack Neo comedy variety programme showing 8pm on Monday nights.

Part of this segment was filmed at the old and allegedly haunted Changi General Hospital.

Every other person I know has a personal scary tale to tell about it, but it doesn’t look all that scary in the day.

Perhaps the colourful graffiti liberally sprayed on the walls serve as a foil to the gloom and doom of the crumbling rooms.

It’s a perfect setting for fight scenes in gangster movies.

Hui Ge wears a fake nose and a wig for his Jackie Chan spoof.

I don’t have many scenes in this show because it’s mostly about the men and their fighting.

So I wandered around to take photos of the graffiti.

And the giant ants. Which I think are the scariest things in the place.

Eek. Even looking at the picture gives me the creeps.

One of the actors advised us not to take any photographs in this place because, you never know, something unexpected might appear in the picture later.

Another actor said, “But what about the crew? They’re filming in here. They have cameras all over.”

“That’s their problem. Hahaha,” said the first actor.

And then everyone rolled around laughing.

But I didn’t want scary things to appear in my photographs, so I stopped taking so many pictures.

Final photo: JTeam artiste Andy Wong and me.

Working on this show was a barrel of laughs. I have not encountered such an amazing level of cohesion between cast and crew. Jokes fly fast and furious. Every minute was full of laughs as cast and crew make fun of one another mercilessly through light-hearted bantering.

It was my first time working on the World of Laughs set, so I didn’t know anyone, but it was very easy to feel right at home because every member of the cast and crew were so genuinely funny and personable.

One of the most enjoyable shoots I’ve ever done.