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Actorlympics from 16 January 2008 on ntv7 at 9pm


Extracted from The New Straits Times
9 Jan 2008 by Sharmila Billot

Free-wheeling, zany and whacky stunts ensue when actors are freed of scripts and prepared lines to say. SHARMILA BILLOT previews Actorlympics TV on ntv7.

MOST actors depend on scripts and rehearsals before the real action takes place.

But the appeal of Actorlympics TV is that everything is done on the spur of the moment — the jokes, fictitious scenarios, zany characters, wacky story lines and songs.

Referred to as “theatresports” in the theatre scene, they are usually undertaken by acting groups like Instant Cafe Theatre and Dramalab.

Now the popular theatre sport is coming to television.
If you are familiar with Drew Carey’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?, then be prepared to get a local dose on ntv7 this month.

For over a decade, a group of actors has been playing and performing games designed to test and stimulate creativity, imagination and play.

Actorlympics then became a live theatre show at The Actor’s Studio in Bangsar.

The skills of the actors in recognising where the sketch is going and working together in building it up to a credible “punchline” of sorts is what gets the audience coming back for more.

Now in its TV version, comedic stalwarts Afdlin Shauki, Douglas Lim, Nell Ng and Reza Zainal Abidin line up the star-studded regulars every week with their creative improvisation, precise comedic timing and off-the-cuff one-liners.

Guest comedians include Patrick Teoh, Din Beramboi, Joanna Bessey, Khir Rahman and Riezman — young, creative, wacky and brimming with incredible characters.

The cast come together and meet with one goal in mind: to dazzle the audience with their skills, and entertain them at the same time.

“I was in two minds about making Actorlympics into a television show at first because with TV, everything is organised, scripted and comes with limitations as to what you can say,” said Afdlin.

“Actorlympics is designed with a theatrical approach in mind. And that basically means there are no rehearsals or scripts. Situations are created on the spot with the spontaneity of the actors’ creativity and expertise.

“As you know in theatre, we are more liberal with what we can say. And most of the time, we talk about the latest gossip in the country with lots of sexual innuendoes to get the audience laughing their guts out.

“But now we have to follow the rules and regulations of the station. So there are some minor changes.

“Surprisingly it worked out for the best with the live audience taking part in the show. Now we have to come up with jokes pretty fast keeping the do’s and dont’s in our minds. It’s even more whackier now because we come up with the craziest ideas due to our limitations,” added Afdlin.

Conducted in mostly Bahasa Malaysia and English, Actorlympics TV was shot in a theatre setup with a live audience whom the actors depend on to feed them scenarios, ideas and characters with which to play the games.

This enabled the live atmosphere to be captured, displaying the creative processes as it is manifested onstage by the actors, and enjoyed by the audiences in the studio and at home.

The basic setup is a stage with four actors and one mediator. The mediator’s role is to elicit ideas and responses from the crowd and to make sure the performances onstage are timed and are good.

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