Mark Lee and Kumar: Double the trouble, double the fun

Zany comedians take over Singapore in the new Toggle Originals series

Mark Lee and Kumar: Double the trouble, double the fun
Mark Lee and Kumar: Double the trouble, double the fun
06 May 2016

Mark Lee and Kumar: Double the trouble, double the fun

Photos: Camelia Ting, Zara Zhuang, artistes' social media
Video: Vina Chia, Kimberly Tay

Get ready for a dash of crazy coming to a screen near you — Kumar and Mark Lee are the hosts of the new Toggle Originals series Double Trouble, which launches today and comes after A Selfie’s Tale and Run Rachael Run. Over the 24-episode bite-sized show, expect to see the pair take over the country to discuss issues close to our hearts in their inimitable comedic style.

So what’s on the agenda? “We’re trying to bring up issues (such as) how we are, how we stress ourselves unnecessarily and how we're so materialistic,” Kumar said. The show will feature plenty of vox pops and celebrity guests (more on that later) weighing in on all things Singaporean.

“It’ll be short, sharp, impactful, thoughtful and thought-provoking,” Kumar promised.

Read on for more about the wacky hosting duo and the series.

Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans
06 May 2016

Clash of the Titans

The two stars of local comedy have worked together many times before, and coming together on Double Trouble is merely a continuation of their history rather than a first. “It’s so natural and easy to work with Mark,” Kumar said.

Mark chimed in: “Whatever I need or want to say, he already say.”

“And whatever I want to say, he already say,” Kumar went on.

Despite what you may think, neither is an attention hog. “There are a lot of people with experience, but they like to steal the limelight,” Kumar said. “For me it’s ‘you take, you take lah, it's OK lah,’ because we've come to a point where—”

“We still got a lot (of the attention),” Mark offered.

Highlights to look out for in Double Trouble
Highlights to look out for in Double Trouble
06 May 2016

Highlights to look out for in Double Trouble

Mark and Kumar tackle a long list of contemporary and Singaporean issues head-on, including youth culture, the Singaporean pastime of complaining, being addicted to electronic gadgets, the long hours schoolchildren spend in tuition classes, and bullying on social media.

And they have help from some of the biggest names in local entertainment — host Gurmit Singh; actors Joshua Tan, Wang Weiliang and Tosh Zhang; 987FM DJ Tabitha Nauser; Janice and Elliot (from the team behind the YouTube channel TreePotatoes); video parody stars Munah and Hirzi; and more. 

Special guest: Gurmit Singh
Special guest: Gurmit Singh
06 May 2016

Special guest: Gurmit Singh

Besides returning to the small screen hosting Channel 5’s memory game show Don’t Forget to Remember (which premieres tonight), Gurmit makes an appearance in Double Trouble in the episode ‘Are You Judgmental,’ in which he leads Mark and Kumar through a mall to be critiqued by complete strangers based on nothing but their looks and the first impression they give.

You have to watch this because: It’s Gurmit. And we won’t deny we’re looking forward to seeing Mark and Kumar, known for their sharp tongues, be on the receiving end of comments good and bad and bizarre.

Don’t Forget to Remember debuts May 9, 7.30 p.m. on Channel 5.

Related:
Gurmit Singh: In 2 weeks or more I won’t remember you 

Special guests: Munah and Hirzi
Special guests: Munah and Hirzi
06 May 2016

Special guests: Munah and Hirzi

The brains behind musical parody YouTube channel MunahHirziOfficial bring their madcap brand of comedy to Double Trouble in the episode ‘Stress Mess.’ Actors and social media personalities Munah Bagharib and Hirzi Zulkiflie, both 27, join Mark and Kumar in dishing out not-so-helpful advice on resolving the stressful situations Singaporeans often face, from parking woes to pressure from mounting schoolwork.

You have to watch this because: Munah and Hirzi are such an entertaining duo — their 10-year friendship, which began in Temasek Polytechnic, definitely shows through their act. 

Special guest: Wang Weiliang
Special guest: Wang Weiliang
06 May 2016

Special guest: Wang Weiliang

When this third-generation Ah Beng (his words, not ours) meets his senior Mark in the episode ‘Make(Me)Over — Ah Beng Edition,’ Beng sparks fly. And together, these fairy Beng-fathers work their magic on 25-year-old actor–model Kasimir Poh Cieslak, transforming him from a too-mature youngster into what they consider a 2016 Ah Beng. Does it work? You be the judge.

You have to watch this because: It’s a barrel of laughs. Plus you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to look the part of the tough-on-the-outside-but-mush-on-the-inside local icon.

Special guest: Tosh Zhang
Special guest: Tosh Zhang
06 May 2016

Special guest: Tosh Zhang

Wang Weiliang’s Ah Boys to Men co-star steps in as a leading expert on youth culture and slang, and in the episode ‘Trending Now’ he coaches Mark and Kumar, both 47, on the hippest terms teens use these days. Mark and Kumar then practise their new vocabulary on unfortunate passers-by.

You have to watch this because: It’s like watching your parents or older relatives struggle to comprehend expressions such as ‘bae’ or ‘Bye, Felicia’ and use them correctly in conversation, but way better.

In 'Are You Judgmental,' Gurmit polls passers-by on what they think of Mark and Kumar
In 'Are You Judgmental,' Gurmit polls passers-by on what they think of Mark and Kumar
06 May 2016

In 'Are You Judgmental,' Gurmit polls passers-by on what they think of Mark and Kumar

In 'Make(Me)Over — Ah Beng Edition,' Weiliang trims Kasimir's hair as Mark looks on
In 'Make(Me)Over — Ah Beng Edition,' Weiliang trims Kasimir's hair as Mark looks on
06 May 2016

In 'Make(Me)Over — Ah Beng Edition,' Weiliang trims Kasimir's hair as Mark looks on

Mark and Kumar try out their props in between filming 'Stress Mess'
Mark and Kumar try out their props in between filming 'Stress Mess'
06 May 2016

Mark and Kumar try out their props in between filming 'Stress Mess'

Find out more about Double Trouble here.
Catch a new episode of Double Trouble for free every Monday to Friday here or binge-watch the entire series by subscribing to Toggle Prime.

Catch up on A Selfie’s Tale and Run Rachael Run 

WATCH:
Kumar dances with strangers when he is stressed? - Double Trouble Interview 1  

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