PRO-CHINA activists would not have been at all pleased. Not even Chairman Mao was sacrosanct. But they could take solace in the fact that the Governor was also on the receiving end of several swift kicks in the butt. But what could they expect? What they were dealing with here was none other than Dayo Wong Tse-wah in the Kenwood Turbo Stand-up Comedy Show, and the ping-pong swings that have clouded Sino-British relations was not going to be easily let off the hook. Scriptwriter and actor Wong was the first and only stand-up comedy act in Hong Kong when he staged his debut show in 1990, and it was a distinction that endured for four years. This year's show, however, sees him sharing the limelight with a sidekick, award-winning scriptwriter Cheung Tat-ming. The diminutive Cheung's slightly nerdy, naive act proved to be a good complement to Wong's slick, polished style. Theatre fans may be more familiar with Cheung, a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts who has appeared in stage performances such as Metamorphosis and The Maddom Show. Although Cheung looked a little ill-at-ease at first, he recovered well enough to almost steal the show from the seasoned Wong. After working alone for four years and confronted with Cheung's attack of nerves, a shaky start was not surprising, but the actors gradually fell into an infinitely more relaxed rhythm. They seemed to have come prepared for a slow start and perhaps even a somewhat cool reception, and soon hit the right button: Hong Kong's materialistic society. They launched into a bogus lucky draw of grand prizes which included reigning for 20 minutes as Miss Hong Kong and using a polaroid camera for 20 seconds, film not included. That lured four sporting audience members on stage for a warm-up ridicule session. The first half-hour was a little slow but the tempo picked up as the night progressed. By the time Wong and Cheung returned after the break for intermission, they had the audience well and truly warmed up for their feast of jokes and repartee. But the show was far from just mo lei tau (nonsensical) slapstick comedy. There was also plenty of song and dance - literally - and food for thought. During the two-hour show, Cheung and Wong touched on issues relevant to Hong Kong and China, and poked fun at social values with courageous irreverence. On pollution: what's the biggest cause of pollution in the world today? Humans. So, who are the biggest contributors to environmental protection? Hitler and Stalin. According to Wong, the Tiananmen Square incident was an attempt at environmental protection too - only it was not too successful because 'they say not one person died'. On politics: who is most eager to see Hong Kong return to Chinese rule? Governor Chris Patten - 'every night he calls [John] Major and wails about how he has been once again scolded and abused by the Chinese'. As for Hong Kong's future, we cannot fight the Chinese either, because the odds are about 1:200 - 200 mainlanders for every Hong Konger. 'But we live by our wits,' says Wong. 'And they live on ah gung [government resources],' interjects Cheung. 'Our country is full of heroes and scientists . . . and what's left of the population are just undiscovered heroes and scientists.' Among some of the other issues poked and prodded was the downfall of the 'mighty gweilos' who were for so long worshipped and envied by some locals - how they have descended from big apartments and cushy jobs to be shoeshine boys and hawkers. It would be spoiling audience enjoyment to relate some of their even better tongue-in-cheek satire. But suffice to say that each punch-line came with a barb as sharp as the wit that penned the lines. The Kenwood Turbo Stand-up Comedy Show returns from November 8 to 11 THE KENWOOD TURBO STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW. Queen Elizabeth Stadium.