Michael Hing told himself that after nine years together, he would ask his girlfriend to marry him. However, things didn’t go as planned.
WHO asked Hing to explain his new comedy special Love Live The Hing. He said, “Failed, proposal, disaster.” And it was a hilarious disaster. The Australian comic, broadcaster, and actor’s latest show goes over everything that happened, including food poisoning, a once-in-a-lifetime flood, and being catfished.
Michael Hing Comedy Show
Hing says, “It’s about how I tried to propose to my girlfriend and how everything went wrong.” “So if you’re thinking about proposing or want someone to propose to you, feel free to watch it for ideas on what not to do.”
What is Hing’s best piece of advice for someone who wants to get down on one knee and pop the question? “Don’t do it at Splendour in the Grass 2022,” he laughs. “It rained and was a nightmare.”
“One of the hardest things about making proposals is dealing with the factor of surprise. “Because some people like surprises and some people don’t,” he says.
“So, I think you should take about six months to figure out how much your partner wants a surprise before you make any plans.
“You should plan it with them in mind, whether or not you plan it with them directly. The proposal isn’t about you or a big romantic gesture; it’s about them and the chance of loving each other for the rest of your lives.
Long Live the Hing isn’t just about The Project Host’s less-than-perfect proposal, though. The special also has memorable stories about the dangers of sleeping with a mouthguard, a run-in with an acupuncturist, oil wrestling, and a heist.
The show was taped at this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival. Like any comic who performs live, Hing has a lot of funny stories to tell about audiences that don’t know what to expect.
“When I was on stage many years ago, I made a joke about a doll. “I don’t remember what the joke was about, but I was making a joke about puppets, and a guy got up and stormed out,” Hing says.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, was it offensive? Did I make a mistake?’ I really like to spiral because I don’t try to offend anyone with my humor or anything. Anyway, I was talking to people in the crowd and asking what had happened when the woman sitting next to him said, “I think he s*** himself.”
“I’d been thinking, ‘What have I done?’ for about two minutes. What have I said to make him mad?’ But it turned out he had just had a bad meal or something.”
Hing also remembers when two people left his show in the middle of it, only to return half an hour later. When asked where they had been, the couple said straight out that they had gone to the bathroom to make out.
“It’s not any comedian’s dream for people to leave your comedy show,” says Hing. “But if anyone does, then that’s a good reason!”
Where to look for Australia’s Hing, long live!
Long Live The Hing, the new comedy special from Michael Hing, will be shown for the first time on Thursday, September 28 at 8:30 p.m. on 10 and 10 Play.