PHUA Chu Kang recently gave a rousing performance, showcasing his full repertoire of witty remarks and hilarious jokes, during a charity dinner here recently.
GEORGE TOWN: Phua, who is actually Singaporean entertainer Gurmit Singh, was electrifying on stage in his effort to help raise funds for the Tun Sardon Foundation, a charity organisation helping the poor and needy, especially orphans, natural disaster's victims and those in the rehabilitation and social welfare bodies.
The tagline of "Don't just play play, give away also" certainly lived up to its billing, with hundreds of supporters having bought the dinner charity tickets for the good cause.
Phua received thunderous applause from the spectators during the event held at the Eastin Hotel grand ballroom.
He also took the opportunity to be up close and personal with his many fans through a series of games.
With the participants randomly selected from the 200 or so guests, Phua involved them in such games as musical chairs and contests looking for the woman with the longest hair and woman with the loudest voice.
The stand-up comedian was at his very best and enlivened the atmosphere with an abundance of jokes which saw everyone having a good time.
His antics and theatrical surprises evoked non-stop laughter from the crowd, who got to witness a dazzling vintage performance from Phua, who also delivered powerful vocal renditions of three songs, namely Mandy, When You say Nothing at all and Stand By Me.
The climax of the evening saw six contestants mimicking Phua's sleek dance moves while he sang Stand By Me.
Guests of honour at the event were Tun Sardon Foundation chairman Datuk Mohd Rizal Al-Amin Tun Sardon and CP Group chairman Datuk CP Tan who was accompanied by his wife Datin Jane Yeo.
The tickets were sold at RM300 each, with nett proceeds channeled to the foundation founded by the late Tun Sardon Jubir in 1978.
The two-hour performance ended with a group photo taken with the hotel staff, autograph sessions with Phua die-hard fans and a lucky draw contest.
Earlier, prior to the main show, the Penang Cheshire Home and the Digital Music String Quartet also performed on the stage.
Eastin Hotel general manager, Mary Ann Harris, said the hotel has always believed in giving back to the community to assist the less fortunate.