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Marcus Chin shares his thoughts on "Comedy Night", a special two-hour theatre production to commemorate his 10th year as a deejay, and talks about turning 60.
SINGAPORE: He was once banned from television for writing a risqué song.
He had a daughter with his assistant who is 32 years his junior.
And he had dominated local tabloid headlines for a whopping 21 days because of it.
"I actually counted, it was really scary! I was worried that my career was over, just like that!" said Singapore radio station Love 97.2FM deejay Marcus Chin.
Chin has been through quite a bit over the course of his 43 years in showbiz.
So just why is he taking the risk of reopening old wounds, and inviting renewed gossip by staging "Comedy Night", a comedy show about his life and loves?
"I originally wanted to hold a concert to mark my 10th year as a deejay.
"But they (the Love 97.2FM management) said I was a deejay and should focus on talking, so we decided to do a sort of theatre comedy talk show instead," explained Chin with a hearty laugh.
"I didn't actually want to play myself, but they told me I should do it, as I have not written an autobiography, so I said 'Why not?'"
"It's about my life so I can't not talk about the difficult parts. As for the portions about my past relationships, we just touched on it, because it's pointless to dwell on it."
Comedy is hard work
"Comedy Night" sees Chin share his life story through humorous anecdotes, as well as through songs and skits, with the help of his fellow Love 97.2FM deejays Wendy Tseng, Dennis Chew and Chua Lee Lian.
Chin expressed that putting on the two-hour show required over two months of preparation, and was grateful for his colleagues' support.
"We had to hold over 20 rehearsals, in addition to working our regular shifts. We rehearsed for about three hours each time. They are really great partners!" said Chin.
Tickets to the show, which ended its run at the School of the Arts Drama Theatre on Sunday, were mostly sold out.
Chin said all the hard work was worth it as it was "heartening" to see "Comedy Night" succeed.
"It gives me a great sense of accomplishment," said the 60-year-old, adding that it feels better than winning any award.
Ten more years
Although he is already 60, Chin has no intention of slowing down, though he is "much more wary now", when it comes to relationships.
"Someone once asked me about my thoughts on turning 60.
"I told him I'm just enjoying my freedom and taking care of my health."
"As long as I'm healthy, I'll keep going for another 10 years in showbiz!" he declared.
"I want to do more cinema-related work next. I hope to go into screenwriting."
"It's the only thing I haven't done yet."