Mark AllenCommit No Nuisance

Mark's comedy biography

I've been writing and performing comedy for over ten years now. As a stand-up comedian, I have regularly performed gigs for promoters such as 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. Don't get me wrong - I've also played some truly crappy gigs too, but I don’t need to list those because they’re clearly less impressive.

I have performed four solo stand-up shows at various Edinburgh Fringe Festivals: Quite Good Britain in 2006 and 2009, Mob Logic in 2007 and Pet Project in 2008 and Go Slow in 2010. 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, Leicester, Buxton and Hollywood comedy festivals. Quite Good Britain toured UK arts centres and theatres in Autumn 2009 and Go Slow won awards for Best Comedy and Best International Show at the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2010.

As well as stand up, I also write and present cult comedy quiz show The Humble Quest for Universal Genius, which has been performed in London (The Pleasance), Edinburgh (The GRV) and Brighton (both Komedia and Upstairs at Three and Ten) regularly since February 2010.

On top of all this, I write comedy for TV and radio with credits including E4, BBC Four and ITV1. I also sporadically appear as a pundit on BBC Radio Five Live, and Sky News Review. Bully for me!

“a comic with something new to say” - The Guardian

“a total delight” - Time Out

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