Not Play-Playing Anymore
Veteran comic Gurmit Singh has not to extend his contract with MediaCorp and will now devote his time to his family instead. The multi-talented artiste will finally hang up his yellow boots and wig after 20 years of making Singaporeans smile.
The influence of Phua Chu Kang, a character synonymous to Gurmit himself, extended well beyond its eight seasons. PCK made appearances in other local TV shows as well, from Living with Lydia to Mandarin sitcom My Genie. As a tribute to both the character and Gurmit himself, we take a look back at PCK’s most memorable appearances outside of Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd.
Phua Chu Kang’s first ever appearance on TV was on Gurmit’s eponymous variety show, Gurmit’s World. The show featured the multi-talented artiste playing fictional versions of both himself and his “relatives”. While the show itself wasn’t such a big hit, we have to thank it for its original iteration of the iconic Ah Beng in yellow boots.
The Amazing Race
Yes, PCK is perhaps the only Singaporean TV character to appear on US television. Contestants on the The Amazing Race Season 3 had a chance to the curly-haired contractor when he was featured on a detour mission. All he did was sit in a HDB flat in Choa Chu Kang and wait for pairs of angmohs to find him.
Legend has it that he was supposed to appear beside host Phil Keoghan at the pit stop, but Singaporeans were worried that his prescence would give foreigners the wrong impression of local people in general.
Madame Tussauds Singapore
When the Singaporean iteration of wax museum opened its doors, PCK was invited to visit his wax figure, and he took the opportunity to say hi to his fans the best way possible. The guests’ reactions show not only the indelible mark he has made, but also his popularity despite PCK Pte Ltd going off air more than 7 years ago.
PCK Sar-vivor Rap
In 2003, at the height of the SARS outbreak, Singapore’s favourite contractor appeared in a music video, serving up 4 minutes worth of tips on how to keep safe and prevent the spread of SARS. Just look at that video. Those lyrics. The vaguely Zouk-looking background. This video is probably the best thing to come out of that whole pandemic, second perhaps only to that one time school was cancelled for a week.
The OTHER Phua Chu Kang rap: A Happy Journey Starts Like That!