Politics for laughs

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am

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Lawmakers are often the subject of political satire, but one has taken to the stage for a stand-up comedy routine mocking herself, her colleagues and the city's political and social scene.

In her debut talk show Lost and Found, Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan reviewed what she called an 'era of wrong timing' for Hong Kong since former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher stumbled in front of the Great Hall of the People during the talks on the city's future in 1982. The barrister poked fun at the chief executive election, the influx of mainland mothers, and the 'pseudo model' phenomenon. 'All wrong,' she said on Friday night in the first of five shows that run until tonight, which will raise funds for the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation.

Donning a wedding dress - a signature outfit of the late Canto-pop diva Anita Mui Yim-fong - Chan, 40 and single, wondered aloud which of five controversial politicians might be her 'Mr Right' - chief executive candidates Leung Chun-ying and Henry Tang Ying-yen, outgoing chief secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung, police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung and influential Heung Yee Kuk member Leung Fuk-yuen.

'I enjoy being single ... but people often say it's a curse that no female legislators have ever married successfully during their tenure,' said Chan.

'If I were to marry Andy Tsang - I said 'if' - our family and friends would witness our wedding ceremony 30 metres away from the hall, separated by layers of metal barriers,' said Chan, in ironic reference to Tsang's perceived strong-armed treatment of protesters. '[As his wife] I'd be a bit wary of his fondness for cuffs.'

Chan also made jibes about the chief executive-elect's campaign slogan and his tendency to profess ignorance of controversies.

'If I asked where he had been the previous night,' said Chan, 'he'd reply: 'I don't know. One heart, one vision, for Hong Kong!''

Leung was accused of distancing himself during a Legislative Council probe into alleged conflict of interests in a design contest for the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Chan mimicked fellow legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee while discussing Hongkongers' high-pressure parenting.

Chan's 'Mrs Ip' recited a tongue twister outlining 'the 23 rules for children', lampooning former security minister Ip's attempt - shelved in 2003 - to secure the passage of national security legislation to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law.

Chan finished the show with an unconventional lesson on how pregnant mainlanders could evade border controls to sneak into the city to give birth. 'If you can no longer hide your huge tummy, stuff yourself with food to make sure the limbs are equally fat,' she suggested.