18 January 2013 10:35
Jay Park, the bad boy with a sense of humour

The rapper shares his 2013 goals and clarifies rumours of his music collaboration with Big Bang’s G-Dragon

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Text: Joanna Goh
Photos: Teo Sijia
Video: Teng Siew Eng and Ling Pak Wei

He's got serious swag, slick dance moves and can be quite the charmer with his smooth vocals. But beneath the body inks and too-cool-for-school facade, Jay Park can be quite a comedian at heart - or at least that's what he claims to be. 

As a K-Pop artiste with no prior experience doing comedy, Jay performed exceptionally well in his debut appearance on Saturday Night Live (SNL) Korea last December. His guest-starring turn in the said episode saw TV ratings hit the roof and set new viewership records for the programme.

At the press conference held for his first solo showcase in Singapore, the Korean chap admitted that “fun” SNL Korea stint was in fact a pretty stressful feat.

On top of having to memorise and polish his less-than-perfect Korean pronunciation, he had less than a week to prepare for the episode’s characters, parodies and skits. He added, "SNL did a really good job of giving me characters I could do, and they didn’t give me many lines which is good ‘cos I’m not really good at memorising Korean lines. I don’t think I did too badly; I did my best and focused a lot [on my characters].”

While he had little creative input in his script and wrote a song that was eventually deemed a tad “inappropriate” for TV-viewing, he had a hand in creating one of the characters he parodied in the show – “the one where I had the afro on”, Jay said.

The talented singer-songwriter and producer also told xinmsn at The Butter Factory last night that he might return to guest-star on the show again.

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Catch Jay Park Live in Singapore 2013 today at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at S$168 and $98 (excluding $2 ticketing fee) are available at Ticketbooth.

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