Vincci Cheuk Thinks Love Is a Power Game
The comedian, DJ, writer and film director, also known as GC Goo-Bi, is a multimedia talent who rose to prominence at the age of 13 as a Commercial Radio DJ.
I started my DJ career at the age of 13. I took part in a Commercial Radio DJ competition and they chose me. As they were hiring a child, people at the station all got very nervous come 11pm. They would kick me out because it’s illegal for children to work overtime. If I stayed longer, its broadcast license could have been terminated. I was the youngest person in the entertainment field, aside from child stars. Playing music on a radio station, announcing the death of Kurt Cobain— these became my childhood memories.
I studied fine arts in the UK for a year. It was a crazy year. You think I’m crazy? Everyone there is crazy. I’ve had many different roles. I’ve published books. I’m also a film director—I made “Temporary Family” last year. I’m also the first female comedian in Hong Kong to play a big solo show. I just love to make people laugh. Most of the gags come from the struggles of life. The more struggles there are, the funnier it is.
Messed up Hong Kong is going to be hilarious, because we are in deep shit. Sometimes it’s hard to be a Hongkonger. For example, rent is crazily expensive, and don’t even talk about buying a flat. Things are getting more ridiculous in Hong Kong: the government and our societal issues. But we are stuck in such times. That feeling is so lonely that I wanted to use the name “You Look Single.” for my upcoming show. “Single” to me is not a relationship status, but someone’s feeling and situation. Put it this way: You are fighting alone. When I was young I had the blind faith to look for Mr. Right. But now I’m already a “zhong nui” [middle-aged woman].
All I ask for is someone who can stand my personality—I’m not an easy person. Women of this kind are everywhere. They are all middle-class, working in management. These women are strong in their careers, but score zero in relationships. They are opinionated. They make a lot of comments when their boyfriends buy clothes. They’re high-maintenance—their diets are vegetarian and gluten-free.
I need to clarify a misunderstanding. Many believe that funny and easy-going girls have more admirers, but it’s not true. And I am the proof of this. Many think I’m a party girl. But in real life it’s the opposite—I love to stay home and hide away. When I’m free I stay home and write. Many think that writers must also be wanderers. But my job is to write in front of a computer monitor. My recent dream has been to sail around the world alone. I go windsurfing every week. Hongkongers think I’m very open, but in fact I’m very nerdy. All the men I like are nerdy. My favorite man is Jesse Eisenberg.
But the fact is, there isn’t a strong pursuit anymore. Contemporary love is a power game—women need to provide a reaction for men to go after. I’ve never been a romantic person. While most girls love getting flowers, the best gift for me is an 8TB external hard drive. To be more attractive, women should be broad-minded and knowledgeable. If a girl is asked where Libya is and she can’t answer, she should go study again. She must have a love for exploring, and always stay curious.
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This article appeared in the November 20, 2015 issue of HK Magazine as First Person.