Artistes add laughter to life

Actors and actresses of the central artistic and economic motivational team of the central artistic motivational company are seen in working places seething with increased production activities for implementing the tasks set forth by the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

They visit workplaces to encourage working people with songs, one-person show, witty talks and other simple motivational and humorous works, and they are very popular with viewers.

Among the numbers are those representing the visitors to cultured and leisure activity bases, such as the Munsu Water Park, Rungna People’s Recreation Ground and Yangdok Hot Spring Resort, who have a good time unaware of the passage of time.

“Their performance is very amusing as they vividly reflect life in a humorous way, so no one is able to contain laughter and the gig makes us love our life more deeply,” said Kim Un Jong, worker of the Pyongyang Bag Factory.

Some works are highly edifying as they portray in a funny way the moral faults that are revealed in different aspects of life.

Viewers say that the performance makes them be repentant of their past mistakes and feel afresh the power and appeal of such numbers that elicit laughter.

The professional artistic organization bringing laughter to people was established in the DPRK in the 1990s.

At that time, the Korean people were compelled to make the Arduous March.

They were stricken with deep grief as President Kim Il Sung, father of the nation, passed away in July 1994 and the imperialists, taking advantage of the collapse of socialism in East European countries, clamoured about the “end of socialism” and intensified sanctions and blockade moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and check its advance.

“The Korean people, however, led an optimistic life as they worked hard under the slogan ‘Let us go the thorny path cheerfully!’ and Chairman Kim Jong Il made sure that the national comedy troupe was set up in order to add laugher to the people’s life,” said Choe Kwang Ho, actor of the central artistic and economic motivational team.

After its establishment, thousands of tickets for its show would be sold in no time, which demonstrated how much popular its performance was.

Decades have passed since then, but such veteran gagsters as Choe Kwang Ho, Ri Sun Hong and Kim Yong Sim who brought people laughter and optimism still hold the stage.

According to actress Kim Hyon Ju, the veterans are a source of inspiration to young actors and make them harden their resolve to be excellent entertainers loved and remembered by the people.