LOCAL TV | The Noose Season 4 Episode 11: Pau Ka Liao
I think there has been much buzz over the weekly show, We Are Singaporeans (WAS) and its startling similarity to The Noose’s weekly segment also called We Are Singaporeans. Both show and segment are identical in the sense that both test Singaporeans’ general knowledge regarding our country.
The producers of The Noose jumped at the opportunity to create a clever and newsworthy piece of ‘noose’ for this week’s episode. This episode began with The Noose announcing that they have filed a lawsuit against We Are Singaporeans for intellectual property fraud. The Noose claims that the WAS show copied their idea.
WAS made a fool of themselves when The Noose interviewed their executive producer, Judy Chew (played by Michelle Chong). Apparently, she had no clue about the lawsuit. She made an extreme analogy, comparing the two shows as different ingredients used to make the same dish. Personally, extreme analogies have always annoyed me. I zone out, especially when people start explaining their analogies (which is what she did, by the way).
To be honest, I merely chuckled at this story. The only part that was genuinely hilarious was the interview with Sudah Anandas, the lawyer played by Suhaimi Yusof who said something brilliantly subtle. He said that he hopes they “pay and pay and be struck by lightning”. Well, we all know who he voted for during the elections.
Most Hilarious: PKL Anonymous
We have Alcoholics Anonymous. Now we have PKL Anonymous. PKL stands for Pau Ka Liao, which basically means ‘do everything’ in Hokkien. Hence, this support group is dedicated to anyone who has anything to complain about. People literally sit around in a circle and complain to the director of the group, Joe Marah. (‘Marah’ in Malay means angry.) Joe Marah, played by Suhaimi Yusof, was constantly angry about everything. When Jacques Ooi asked what PKL stood for, Joe Marah became mad.
It was such a humourous way to mock the group. Jacques Ooi attended one of their meetings. Some of the complaints that were raised may sound distinctly familiar to you. One complained about people always rushing into the train. Another was not happy with door-to-door salesmen. The former was given advice by a screaming Joe Marah not to ever take the trains. A very “duh” advice but it’s funny because you least expected him to say that.
Suhaimi Yusof’s flawless acting never fails to amuse me. To be precise, it’s his facial expressions that is the plus point.
Least Hilarious: Barberella
As disappointing as it may sound, I think I’m close to being tired of Barberella’s antics. It’s the she-thinks-she’s-so-hot-but-she’s-not attitude. Also, who hasn’t had enough of her ever-changing last names? However, today’s last name was fairly appropriate – Barberella Kate Spade Middleton.
In this episode, she sent pictures of herself in a “bigini” and received a Kate Spade bag from the Prince in return. Really, producers? Is that all you can come up with?
Her never-ending crush on Prince William has become rather overrated, especially now that the Royal Wedding has been over for quite some time. We love the bimbotic Barberella so let her stay but maybe she needs to find a new love interest.
Let me know what you think.