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Mark Allen

Mark has been performing comedy for over ten years and has travelled all over the shop in the name of comedy – London, Great Yarmouth, Exeter, York, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Washington DC and Narnia, though he concedes that the latter may have been a dream. He still stormed it though, despite some aggressive heckling from a group of pissed-up fauns.

As a stand-up comedian, he has regularly performed gigs for promoters including Off the Kerb and Mirth Control, and played in some of the country’s most prestigious venues including The Comedy Store in London, The Stand in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the Belfast Empire. He played some truly crappy gigs too, but he doesn’t need to list those because they’re less impressive.

Mark has performed three solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe: ‘Quite Good Britain’ in 2006 and 2009, ‘Mob Logic’ in 2007 and ‘Pet Project’ in 2008. Each show subsequently transferred to the Hen and Chickens Theatre, London and enjoyed sell-out runs, before variously going on to be performed at the Brighton, Manchester and Leicester comedy festivals. ‘Quite Good Britain’ also enjoyed a successful national tour of theatres and arts centres in Autumn 2009.

Mark’s latest solo-show is ‘Go Slow’, which he will be perform at the Brighton, Hollywood (yes, the LA one), Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals in 2010.

As well as stand-up, Mark also writes comedy for TV and radio. He was part of a writing team for a pilot tv series for Talkback Productions and has had work commissioned for BBC Talent"s Urban Sketch Comedy initiative, as well as having a number of sketches shown on two series of ‘Shoot the Writers’ on ITV1. He was also featured in Pulse Film"s documentary series ‘Citizen Smith’ on BBC4, and has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio Five Live’s
‘Richard Bacon Show’.

In 2009, Mark was asked to stand as a candidate in the election for the Mayor of Garratt. These elections hadn’t taken place for 200 years and originated from times when the poor people of London were denied the vote, so they created their own mock-elections. Following a rousing speech and a crowd singalong of his Quite Good Britain national Anthem, Mark won the contest and was elected as Mayor of Garratt.

"A total delight" - Time Out
"An assured storyteller" - Chortle
"A comic with something new to say" - The Guardian

 

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