COMEDIAN Gurmit Singh, the star of Singaporean sitcom ‘Phua Chu Kang (PCK) Pte Ltd’, entertained thousands of New Year revellers at Gurney Paragon in his first public performance in Penang.
He did not disappoint and had the crowd in stitches with his jokes and songs.
He sang songs like Robbie Williams’ ‘A Better Man’ and Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ at the end of each of his three 15-minute sessions.
“When Phua Chu Kang was still showing, I could not just wander out of my hotel to enjoy Penang’s famous street food as I would be recognised by fans who wanted to take pictures with me.
“I am still recognised when I go out, but people now take a second look. The younger generation will tell me that I look familiar and when I tell them who I am, they tell me that their parents are my fans, ” he said in an interview before his show on New Year’s Eve.
Gurmit, 54, who retired from television in 2015, said this was his first public performance in Penang but had been here many times for corporate shows.
“I’ve always liked Penang because of its food. My favourites are char koay teow and the Teochew cendol in Lebuh Keng Kwee off Penang Road, ” he said.
Gurmit added that he retired from Mediacorp after 20 years to spend more time with his wife and three children, aged between six and 22.
“I find that I do not miss acting even after five years’ of retirement as time spent with my family is more important.
“I still do live shows as Gurmit Singh and PCK, who is about four to five times more expensive than Gurmit Singh, due to the Mediacorp copyright, ” he added.
He revealed that his fans might see him back on the television screen soon as he had been offered a role as a drug lord in a drama but negotiations were still ongoing.
Gurmit is best known for his role in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, for which he won the Asian Television Awards Prize for Best Performance by an Actor (Comedy) five times, from 1998 to 2001 and in 2003.
From 2004 to 2005, he won the Highly Commended prize.
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