Singaporean filmmaker Jack Neo is best known for producing hit films such as the “Ah Boys To Men” franchise as well as “Long Long Time Ago”. But very few young Singaporeans remember the “comedy king” from his “Gao Xiao Xing Dong” days on Channel 8.
It seems that the 57-year-old is out to remind everybody of those days in his latest music video with Malaysian hip-hop artist Namewee. Entitled, “Gao Xiao Xing Dong”, the lyrics were written by Neo himself and feature shots of him singing at iconic spots around Singapore while Namewee raps at the Causeway bridge and on the streets of Johor Bahru.
“Always remember I’m the one and only comedy king,” sings Neo in Mandarin on the catchy, tongue-in-cheek tune. English and Malay subtitles to the song are also available.
“Gao Xiao Xing Dong” was a popular Channel 8 comedy sketch show in the 90s that, along with Neo, starred local celebrities such as Mark Lee and Henry Thia. It was also the show that introduced signature characters such as Liang Ximei and Liang Po Po, the latter being a role in which Neo cross-dressed as and old lady. The Liang Po Po character was popular enough to receive its own movie in 1999.
In the song, Neo also hints at the struggles the faces in the comedy world, lamenting that to “spread the laughters around/ it’s not an easy job though.”
The music video includes nostalgic touches with scenes from the old sketch show as well as appearances by Lee and Thia. The video was posted on YouTube on Sunday (26 November) an has been viewed over 300,000 times.
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