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Ex-scientist Mark works as a supply teacher in secondary schools. If you were to meet him you would immediately realise that you were in the presence of a masterful academic, but someone who struggles with the subtleties of human connections and everyday life.
He has a ‘no nonsense’ approach to everything he does which puts off those around him, but he fails to understand why.
Mark is a traveller. He is an idealist, a minimalist who lives in his own world in his head. He has a respect for machines which he doesn’t have for people because they never let him down. He is ‘at one’ with them and yet it took him seven attempts to pass his driving test.
This was a huge setback for him as his wife and daughter passed their driving tests before him.
In 2013 he was a BBC Radio New Comedian of the Year finalist, but his wife still doesn't know he does comedy. Before Mark started doing stand up comedy he was a well respected badminton player in his local club due to his skilful grip on the game. The grip he developed by working hard over many years. But the arrival of a few young Chinese players at the club put Mark off from playing badminton and he registered for a stand up comedy course to find himself a new hobby.
He performed around 60 gigs in 2009 before moving to Germany to work as a scientist. He stopped comedy for three years, taking it up again in late 2012 with an entirely new set. He now gigs in clubs all over the country and in 2014 will be performing a two man show with Ant Dewson at the Edinburgh Festival, ‘Life in the Bus Lane’.
Other credits include being nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedy Award, 2014 (third place).
“Infectious weirdness” Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke
"Strange material, but it’s unique and intrigues the audience" Steve Bennett, Chortle