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  • REVIEW: Truly Happy Ever Laughter

    Happy Ever Laughter reviewHappy Ever Laughter review

    Should you watch this? Yes.
    Duration: About 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission
    Dates: 16 Apr (Wed) – 27 Apr (Sun), 2014
    Showtimes: Tue 8pm, Wed 8pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 4pm & 8pm, Sat 4pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 6pm
    Special notes: If you park at Esplanade and catch the 4pm show, your parking fee will be at least $12 due to Esplanade’s parking charges.

    “Happy Ever Laughter” is a comedy that consists of 13 stand-up comic acts of about 10 minutes each. It features Mark Lee, Adrian Pang, Kumar, Selena Tan, Hossan Leong, Sebastian Tan, as well as Pam Oei, Judee Tan, Siti Khalijah, Karen Tan, Fuzz, Rishi Budhrani and Zulkarnain Sadali.

    I liked it. I felt there was a common theme of “don’t be so sad lah” that linked the 13 acts together, rather than being individual stand-up comic performances. There was an overall sense of delight at being there as well as references to each other’s acts, without overdoing the mutual ribbing.

    So what were the highlights of the show?

    Happy Ever Laughter reviewHappy Ever Laughter reviewIt’s 'feel good'
    Despite the R18 rating

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  • Five things to do this weekend (18-20 Apr)

    With the upcoming holiday, you have an extra 24 hours to have fun – so maximise it with an egg-citing hunt, a jazz show and a Salvador Dali exhibition.

    1. Embark on the Great Egg-Venture
    What’s Easter without an egg hunt? What’s different about this one is it features 100 giant eggs that cover a lot of ground, from Mount Faber to Harbourfront to Sentosa… which is why it’ll be known as Singapore’s largest Easter egg hunt afterwards in the Singapore Book of Records. “Hunt” all 100 and see if you can win a prize. Take advantage of other Easter activities, such as brunches and promotions, as well. Till 11 May. Sentosa Harbourfront Precinct. Admission charges apply; check www.SHBA.org.sg for schedules and more info.

    2. Welcome the weekend with smooth music by Kitaro
    Considered a pioneer of New Age music, the Grammy and Golden Globe winner will be expected to play his hits, like Kojiki, Dream and Ancient, with a full orchestra. 18 Apr, 8 pm. MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from

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  • 500 more tickets for fan meet with Kim Soo Hyun in Singapore

    Kim Soo Hyun at a recent fan autograph-signing event. (BNT News)Kim Soo Hyun at a recent fan autograph-signing event. (BNT News)

    By now, fans of Korean heartthrob Kim Soo Hyun should have marked their calendars for his fan meet in Singapore later this month.

    The star of hit K-drama My Love from the Star will be singing and playing games with fans at the event set for Sunday, 27 April, 7:30pm at Singapore Expo Hall 1.

    Those who haven’t already secured one of the 2,500 tickets released last month, though, could still try getting their hands on another batch of 500 tickets, released on Wednesday in response to demand.

    As an additional show of gratitude for the support of fans in the city-state, My Love from the Star promoter New Empire Media will conduct a draw from the ticket holders to choose 50 lucky fans who will get to exchange high-fives with Soo Hyun and also each receive a signed poster from him ahead of the event.

    The names of the fans will be unveiled two days before the big day on the websites for UnUsUaL Entertainment as well as Sistic.

    Tickets for Kim Soo Hyun's Asia Tour 1st Memories In Singapore fan

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  • Ho Jia Jian (left) and Derek Tan's Viddsee has hit 5 million viewers in just over a year (Photo: Viddsee)Ho Jia Jian (left) and Derek Tan's Viddsee has hit 5 million viewers in just over a year (Photo: Viddsee)

    In just a little over a year, the online short film portal Viddsee launched by two former National University of Singapore undergraduates has crossed 5 million unique viewers.

    Launch in Feb 2013, the site now has over 10 dedicated channels showcasing the work of film-making talents from Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.

    Just last month, Viddsee signed a partnership with Yahoo to have a branded, dedicated channel within its entertainment portal to showcase the best content.

    “I have learnt that a well-told story can resonate very widely and very loudly,” says Singaporean filmmaker Daniel Yam of his breakout short film, "Gift", which was showcased on Yahoo's platform and has since travelled far and wide.

    “I did not expect the film to travel so widely on Viddsee, and certainly did not expect viewers from countries like Greece, Romania, Brazil, or Russia,” he adds.

    Viddsee’s co-founder Derek Tan, who met fellow film enthusiast and

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  • New resto-bar to try: Kuro

    The concept restaurant in Clarke Quay makes the perfect chillout spot for post-work drinks.

    If you happen to be in Clarke Quay and are searching for less-than-usual fare, know that there’s a new restaurant in town – and it’s doing something a little different to get your attention.

    Kuro (“black” in Japanese) in Cannery Block C is the only place in Clarke Quay which has Asahi beer on tap, for starters. It also ups the casual dining experience with Western and Asian bar snacks created by chef Hide Yamamoto (formerly of Marina Bay Sands). Think colourful and decadent bites like Tofu Avocado Salada, Shisamo Goma, Kanpachi Carpaccio Sashimi and Rainbow Sushi Roll.

    Pair these with even more drinks – their impressive menu offers a variety of other beers, wine, whisky and cognac. Try their Japanese whisky Nikka; it’s available in 12- to 25-year-old editions.

    Helmed by Krisz Sim, an industry veteran and former restaurant manager of establishments like Hard Rock Café, Balaclava and KPO, Kuro

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  • 5 things to do this weekend (11-13 Apr)

    Combine water with music, catch ‘feel good’ shows or watch world-class shuttlers compete over the weekend.

    1. Celebrate Thailand’s water festival here with the H2O music festival
    To commemorate Songkran in Singapore, a one-night festival right in the heart of Singapore will combine the Thai holiday mood with music. There will be acts like Far East Movement and Ming Bridges as well as famous DJs like DJ Visionaire (New York), Nam Gyu Ri (popular South Korean Actress) making her world DJ premiere, DJ Inquisitive (Singapore), Celeste Siam (Ibiza/Thailand), Nicole Chen (Singapore), DJ Benz, DJ P-One, DJ Zarr, among others. 12 Apr. 5:30pm. Wave House Sentosa. Tickets start from $35.

    2. Feel good with a local production of the Wedding Singer
    LASALLE’s Musical Theatre programme is presenting the Singapore premiere of The Wedding Singer, one of the most popular romantic comedy films of the 1990s. This charming family musical involving a group of friends who fall in love and fall out of love

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  • Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, Walter, Peanut.

    If you have seen YouTube videos by popular US comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, 51, these names will definitely ring a bell.

    And for the first time ever, Dunham and all of his 20 puppets are coming to Singapore on 21 May as part of his “Disorderly Conduct” Tour. In fact, the city-state is one of only two stops he will be making in Asia; the other being Kuala Lumpur.

    The comedy sensation, whose popular YouTube video “Achmed the Dead Terrorist has a son” has reached close to 20 million views since it was posted in 2011, will be performing a one and a half hour stand-up show at the Star Performance Arts Centre.

    Ticket prices range between S$88 and S$168, and they are available for purchase via SISTIC.

    Dunham, who has been performing since he was a teenager, is known as the most popular comedian in the US, according to TIME magazine. He is also included in Forbes’ “Celebrity 100 list” of the most powerful entertainers.

    He has

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  • 5 things to do this weekend (4-6 Apr)

    Spice up your weekend with an outdoor fashion show, a beauty show, a comedy show and more.

    1. Watch 150 models strut down Orchard Road at Fashion Steps Out 2014
    Back for the fifth year running, Orchard Road – Singapore’s premiere shopping belt – will be closed just for the ‘Fashion Steps Out 2014’ event. The 150 models will be strutting down the catwalk, donning the latest designs from nine fashion brands. Spectators can expect to be treated to a visual spectacle that is unlike the usual vehicular thoroughfare. 5 Apr. 8pm. Orchard Road. Admission is free.

    2. Laugh your heart out at ‘Donkey Dies, Father Cries’
    Prepare for a side-splitting time with Indian comedians Karthik Kumar, S Aravind, Aswin Rao and Naveen Richard. They will be entertaining audiences with anecdotes about school life, Indian film motifs, social media fads and the urban myth that babies are fun. And these guys have clout. They have already performed in 200 shows across India to acclaimed reviews. 5-6 Apr. Various

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  • MAYDAY will rock the Padang at this year's Singapore Grand Prix (Photo: Yahoo Taiwan)MAYDAY will rock the Padang at this year's Singapore Grand Prix (Photo: Yahoo Taiwan)

    Asia’s biggest rock quintet MAYDAY (五月天) is the first headline act to be unveiled for this year's Singapore F1 Grand Prix.

    The award-winning band will perform on Friday, 19 September at the Padang stage during the F1 weekend.

    “Singapore holds a special place in our hearts and we are ecstatic to be performing for the very first time at the Singapore GP. We are looking forward to performing our celebrated hits and meeting everyone in Singapore. It will definitely be a spectacular night full of high energy performances and we hope to see you at the Padang Stage!” said the band in a statement.

    Widely dubbed as "The Chinese Beatles", the band has released eight studio albums and sold over eight million records in total since their debut 15 years ago.

    Over the years, they have received over 150 music awards, including Best Band for the Golden Melody Awards – Taiwan’s version of the Grammy Awards – in 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012, the Global Chinese Music Awards and the CCTV MTV Music Awards.

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  • Five things to do this weekend (28–30 Mar)

    The more, the merrier. These treats are best enjoyed with loved ones or a group of friends.

    1. Do your part for Earth Hour
    Let’s support this worthy cause by adopting green practices at home and turning our lights off for an hour. Got time? This year will be the annual event’s grandest and most star-studded yet, with the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – yes, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx are here – heading the lights-off ceremony in Marina Bay at 8.30 pm. 29 Mar, 5 pm. The Float @ Marina Bay. Admission is free.

    2. Wine and dine at the World Gourmet Summit
    Rub shoulders with celebrity and award-winning chefs as you indulge in themed dinners, cocktails, and luxe food items and wines. Till 5 Apr. Various locations. Visit the World Gourmet Summit website for more info [link: www.worldgourmetsummit.com].

    3. Cheer for Encore, Singapore’s first on-screen music festival
    The night isn’t over after you’ve watched favourites like Mamma Mia!, Grease and A Hard Day’s Night. A DJ

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