Mark Lee Kok Huang (Chinese: 李国煌; pinyin: Lǐ Guóhuáng) is a Singaporean Chinese comedian, actor, television host and film director. A veteran MediaCorp artiste, he made his big break in television in 1998 and has gone on to star in and host many local award-winning TV serials and shows.
The first time I saw him acting, I was immediately captured by his quick thinking - he was a show host and he was able to crack jokes that were seemingly impromptu. The best part? He seemed totally relaxed cracking those jokes. His charismatic interjections of wit also makes the audience go wild - they laugh heartily at his jokes that are relevant and down to earth. Even in the roles that he plays in local productions, he is always given the role of a joker which matches the image and name he has made for himself.
Though he isn't striking appearance wise, his abilities more than well make up for it.
One more thing that Mark Lee can add to his shining resume is that he has a wicked mind for business as well. Malaysia's popular Old Town White Coffee chain was brought over to the shores of Singapore by Mark Lee himself. And even though the profits have been rolling in, Mark Lee is still not swept away by his riches. I read that he pays for his own meals at Old Town even though he is the co-founder!
Mark Lee is definitely one of Singapore's most well-loved and respected actors. He may not feature in as many drama serials now, but where Mark Lee goes, Singaporeans will follow and I am no different. Love him and his funnyman antics!
Nevertheless, I have noticed that any film starring Mark Lee has done well, especially my personal favourite: Money No Enough and its sequel. His experience makes him an asset to have in the entertainment industry.
Over the years, he seemed to have overtaken Jack Neo and his confidence was growing. With the Jack Neo adultery scandal, Jack Neo was completely off the screen and he took this chance to capitalise on his screen time.
As he got more screen time, he became more confident and sometimes I felt that I caught some glimpses of arrogance from the way he talked and the way he acted. I also remembered in the first few Star Awards, he was still sharing his accomplishments with Jack Neo and thanking Jack Neo for giving him the opportunity. That was the Mark Lee I liked, the current Mark Lee is starting to turn me off.
Like many other, I think that it would be rather hurtful to guests who had being “suan” (insulted)by him, even if it was for entertainment effect. But aside from that, he seems rather nice. I remember liking one of the variety shows (Guo Ji Jiao Yi Shuo) that he hosted as he seems to be like a family to the others.
Nevertheless, I think he has really moved on and is no longer just a Liang Jia Ban actor.
I used to see him around my estate and over the years as he gained a little popularity, an aura of arrogance seemed to take an interest in him as well. Keep it down, won't ya?
He does very well as a comedian, and I feel that the way he hosts variety shows is really good, in which he makes it interesting, but yet at the same time staying in topic and not losing grasp of anything that is meant to be more serious. He has his own charisma which makes him likeable despite his looks, and I hope to see more of his shows in future.
Usually taking on characters with a rougher-edge, this 'lao ah beng' does have his charms around the characters. He always has his way of making the characters look and feel so real. On top of that, he is a great host that is both engaging and humorous with just the right blend.
Recently I watched one of his shows where he was a host in some house-makeover program and this ah beng has even got some taste and style, carrying around his little tote bag!
I recalled being ceaselessly tickled by his show, Police and Thief. He portrayed himself as an ex Ah-Beng who renovated his very being into an ordinary family man. The show dripped with hilariousness that was successfully transmitted thanks to the lead actors exceptional acting skills, Suhaimi and Mark Lee.
His shows on Channel Eight is certainly on par with the shows he did for Channel 5. Maybe even better. There was a show in which he had to compete against another local celebrity to refurbish and redesign certain sectors in a house. The houses aren't simply those boxed up fake setting house. In fact, they are authentic houses requested by the owners themselves. I was supremely impressed by Mark Lee's taste in home decors. It was originally out of the box! Sometimes literally.