A MAN WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR
Neay Kroeun: A Man with a Great Sense of Humour.
His comedy status can never be revoked— and his career has only mushroomed since. Neay Kreoun, however, never fails to make you entertained. His jokes are known to be the funniest without making physical efforts.
Neay Kroeun, whose real name is Chem Saroeun, was born in a poor family with 7 members in Svay Rieng province. Despite the fact that his parents are farmers, Neay Kroeun has completed a primary education until he decided to drop out of school in 7th grade when he felt that his family was in need of people to take care of the family. Born as a second son in the family, Kroeun feels that he needs to be responsible for his family by helping what he can do to sustain his family situations. Kroeun recalled what he did in his childhood that, “In a rainy season, I went fishing—trying to find some profits to help my family, while in a dry season; I am looking for a job to do”.
For 10 years, he ended up having a job as a construction worker, while his older brother—Perk Mi who is a well-known comedian star in Cambodia—was also looking for a job until he applied to CTN Channel program for a comedy show called “Moha Komplaeng” in 2010. Perk Mi, later, encouraged Neay Kroeun to stop being a construction worker and become one of his comedian crews. The decision was made quickly in 2011. Kroeun was a part of Perk Mi Comedian crews even though he considered himself that he has no potential in comedy career before.
Neay Kroeun described his feelings for the first experience of his show that is full of nervousness and anxiety to be on a stage. “I was almost unconscious. I felt very nervous when I saw a lot of audiences were looking at me. That made me feel tense, I did not know how to perform, [I did not know] how to talk because I had never done that before. To me, I didn’t even know what performing stage was, what microphone was. Everything is very different.”
Fortunately, his hard-working takes off. His sense of humour entertains many people all over the country. Nowadays, Neay Kroeun appears in five comedy shows in CTN and MYTV channel such as Reatrey Komsan, Somnerch Tam Phum, Pteas Lorkta, Somnerch Reatrey, Reatrey Somnob Jet. Besides being a comedian star in the television channel, Kroeun also appeared in a number of Khmer movies such as Arb Peak Mouk Sovatepheap part 1 and 2, Preay Pnek 4, Koun Prosa Ler Ker, Krolor Ey Neng, Jam Ta Klach Ter and so on. Kroeun said that acting in a movie is not different from performing on stage because it still keeps the originality of his comedy style. However, he stated some difficulties to become a comedian star.
“Nobody can teach us the sense of humour. I just got instructed on how to make a character as a comedian, how to tell jokes, how to make facial expression. For our personal comedy style, we need to discover by ourselves—nobody is going to help us with that.”
This comedy star hopes that he can sustain his fame in the entertainment career. In his free time, Kroeun likes to play sports such as volleyball with his brother, Perk Mi. And most importantly, he never forgets to come back to his beloved hometown and do the activities that he used to do in the past.
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