- I’ve lived and worked in four different countries.
- Humor was a big part of our family growing up – everyone agrees my mom is the funniest.
- My brother and I once bribed a Chinese official with a pack of cigarettes.
- In 2009, I spent my summer break in New York City performing stand up. My first show was at a comedy club in front of one audience member.
- My beautiful wife and I make a great team but have opposite personalities. She’s been known to honk the horn at other cars while I’m driving.
- I’m a cereal addict and we even had a cereal bar at our wedding reception.
- I’ve mountain biked through the himalayas from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal with nine other people.
- I attended law school. For three weeks.
Now let me describe myself in the third person…
With ten years of classroom experience, and ten years performing comedy, Mark’s background is the perfect combination to not only understand students and educators but help strengthen school communities. After performing comedy for school audiences for years; Mark decided to incorporate a personal message into his routine chronicling the ups and downs of his own teaching experience. The result was a standing ovation from over 300 teachers. One week later he tried it again and received the same result. Since then he’s been asked to speak to educators and students across the country from California to Georgia to New York. Audiences identify with his experiences, and are grateful for an opportunity to unite through laughter. As one administrator told Mark, “I cannot tell you how many people have come up to me today so thankful for the opportunity to have you join us.”
Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in
surfing philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing his undergraduate degree, Mark spent an eye-opening year teaching English to elementary and middle school students in China. In 2011, he earned his Master’s degree in education, specializing in cross cultural teaching. He wrote his thesis on and has studied humor in the classroom and its effects on students. Mark spent eight years (2007-2015) teaching government, psychology, sociology and economics at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Orange County, California. At Santa Margarita Mark developed and taught the psychology and sociology courses which became two of the most popular courses on campus.
Mark has performed stand-up comedy all across the country, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Milwaukee, Seattle, and internationally in London and Paris. In 2015 he was selected as one of the top 100 comedians in the country and appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He’s been featured in the Orange County Register, written comedy for the Los Angeles Times and in 2012 was named Orange County’s Funniest Person. His unique experiences teaching – abroad for elementary students and in California as a high school teacher – in addition to traveling all over the world provide endless laughs. Educators and fans of all ages relate to Mark’s cleaner, smarter style.