Banking on toilet humour

Banking on toilet humour
Everybody's Business starring Gurmit Singh (left) and Mark Lee.

If home-grown comedians Mark Lee and Gurmit Singh could have their way, they would make movies together every year.

Lee, 45, says in Mandarin: "Every Chinese New Year, people look forward to seeing a Jack Neo movie.

Maybe Gurmit and I should make movies around December every year, so that audiences can have something else to look forward to on the calendar."

He was speaking to Life! alongside Singh, 48, at a joint interview to promote their third movie collaboration Everybody's Business.

The new film, which opens in cinemas tomorrow, is their second collaboration this year, following Kelvin Sng's hit local flick Taxi! Taxi! in January, which made $1.45 million at the box office.

Says Singh with a laugh: "It's amazing that we're not sick of each other yet. And I think it's great that even though we are being paired together again, we are always creating something new for audiences. We don't just do the same thing over and over again."

The duo's first film together was back in 2001, in the football comedy-drama One Leg Kicking.

In their latest comedy Everybody's Business, the two play civil servants working at the new Ministry Of Toilets, whose job is to go around Singapore checking on toilet hygiene as well as come up with new ideas on how to improve it.

Singh plays the straitlaced, no-nonsense one, while Lee is the more outspoken brown-noser who is unafraid of bullying others to get his way.

Lee says that if they had switched roles, the film "would not work as well".

"Our roles really suit us because they are pretty much how we are in real life. Gurmit is very principled and I like to bully people at the workplace," he adds in jest.

"No, but more seriously, I think it just goes to show that even though we're both comedians, we offer different types of comedy performances. That is why even when telling jokes in general, there is no rivalry between us.

"Sometimes, I will think of a good joke but I will ask Gurmit to say it instead, because I think it's funnier if he says it. Other times, he'll do that for me. It's a perfect partnership."

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