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This is the place where I'll be updating all and sundry with my latest news. It's worth a check every now and then just to see what I'm up to.

 

Thursday 29th March 2012
More festival dates announced for Universal Genius
I'm delighted to announce that The Humble Quest for Universal Genius has been invited back to perform at both Latitude and Green Man festivals this year. After the ludicrous success of the festival shows in 2011 (in which a table was broken, a child cried and a 700-strong audience ended up winning), we'll be doing it all over again in 2012. Smashing stuff. Sometimes literally.

12th-15th July @ Latitude Festival
17th-20th August @ Green Man Festival

Check the Universal Genius website for more information.




Thursday 2nd February 2012
More dates announced for Universal Genius
Some extra dates have been added to The Humble Quest for Universal Genius in Brighton until the end of the year:

Saturday 5th May 2012 @ 7pm
Sunday 24th June 2012 @ 8pm
Sunday 29th July 2012 @ 8pm
Sunday 30th September @ 8pm
Sunday 28th October @ 8pm
Sunday 25th November @ 8pm

Check the Universal Genius website for more information.


Tuesday 10th January 2012
Universal Genius website launches
The Humble Quest for Universal Genius seems to have taken on a life of its own, so I've set up a brand new dedicated website for it at www.universalgenius.co.uk. On the site you'll find the latest dates, venues and line-ups, as well as video clips, photos and biographies of the contestants. Why not head over there and see what all the fuss is about?


Wednesday 2nd November 2011
Universal Genius London dates
I'm very excited to announce that The humble quest for Universal Genius will be coming to The Leicester Square Theatre for a six-month run in the new year. Contestants will be announced nearer the time, but for now here are the dates...

Thursday 19th January @ 8:30pm
Tuesday 14th February @ 8:30pm
Thursday 8th March @ 8:45pm
Thursday 12th April @ 9pm
Thursday 10th May @ 9pm
Thursday 14th June @ 8:30pm

You should totally book tickets here.


Wednesday 7th September 2011
More Universal Genius dates in Brighton
I've added some more dates for The humble quest for Universal Genius at Upstairs at Three and Ten in Brighton:

Friday 16th September 2011 @ 8pm
Joey Page v Tom Webb

Friday 21st October 2011 @ 8pm
Trevor Lock v Thom Tuck

Friday 18th November 2011 @ 8pm

Naz Ozmanoglu v Angela Barnes



Thursday 26th May 2011
Universal Genius Summer tour
I'm bloody delighted to announce that The humble quest for Universal Genius will be appearing at a number of festivals over the summer, so check us out if you're at any of the following:

14th-17th July @ Latitude Festival

19th-21st August @ Green Man Festival

2nd-4th September @ End of the Road Festival

Look out for more dates after the summer.



Friday 4th March 2011
New dates announced
The humble quest for Universal Genius shows no sign of slacking, with new dates being announced in both London and Brighton. Check out a show near you soon:

Friday 18th March @ The Three and Ten, Brighton - 8:00pm
Nick Helm vs Nat Luurtsema

Saturday 19th March @ The Pleasance, London - 8:00pm
Dan Atkinson vs Danielle Ward

Monday 25th April @ The Pleasance, London - 8:00pm - book tickets
Paul Sinha v Marek Larwood

Friday 27th May @ The Pleasance, London - 8:00pm
Josie Long vs Mike Wozniak


Friday 17th September 2010
New dates announced
Righty ho, I'm back from Edinburgh and I've now sorted out new dates for both Go Slow and The humble quest for Universal Genius. Here they are:

Friday 8th October - Mark Allen's Go Slow @The Hen and Chickens Theatre, London - 9:30pm
Saturday 9th October - Mark Allen's Go Slow @The Hen and Chickens Theatre, London - 9:30pm
Sunday 10th October - Mark Allen's Go Slow @The Hen and Chickens Theatre, London - 9:30pm
Friday 22nd October - The humble quest for Universal Genius @ The Three and Ten, Brighton - 10:00pm
Sunday 24th October - Mark Allen's Go Slow @ The Three and Ten, Brighton - 5:00pm


Monday 2nd August 2010
Off to Edinburgh
Well the previews are all over with, the logistics have been sorted and my liver is quivering in anticipation of a heavy month's boozing. I'm off to Edinburgh tomorrow, so if you're around in August, you should totally see the following:

Mark Allen's Go Slow @The GRV (Venue 274), 4:40pm - 6:10pm, 5th-29th August

The humble quest for Universal Genius @ Belushi's Bar (Venue 245), 8:00pm - 9:00pm, 15th-21st August



Friday 9th July 2010
Mark Allen's Go Slow is a bloody winner!
As I might have mentioned, I took my latest show Mark Allen's Go Slow to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. It was a preview version of the same show I'm taking to the Edinburgh festival and was part of "The British Invasion" programme. Not only did I receive very pleasing reviews from audience and critics that saw it, the show also went and won some bloody awards. As part of The British Invasion we won the Hollywood Fringe Award for Best Comedy and the LA Theatre Review Award for Best International Show.Crikey!



Sunday 13th June 2010
The humble quest for Universal Genius
As well as taking Mark Allen's Go Slow to the Edinburgh Festival this year, I'm also going to be performing The humble quest for Universal Genius for a week. There'll be 6 heats and a grand final where I'll be crowning Edinburgh's own Universal Genius. It's at Belushi's Bar at 8pm from 15th-21st August and will feature all manner of exciting comedic guests and it will be much fun. You should probably come along.



Wednesday 21st April 2010
Mark Allen's Go Slow
This is the new name of my latest solo show (formerly called The Slow Coach). Although the name has changed, the concept is still the same - it's the story what happened when I decided to stage a protest at the increasing pace of life by doing everything slower for the entire month of March. I'll be performing the show at The Brighton Fringe, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Hollywood Fringe (yes, that Hollywood) Festivals. You can read full details here.

The humble quest for Universal Genius
It's been so long since I last updated this news page that I've now done 3 shows at the Komedia in Brighton and they've been bloody magnificent fun. I'll be cobbling together a video compilation of the highlights soon, so look out for that. If you want to see a live show, the next one will be at the Komedia on 3rd June. There are also plans to transfer it to London and possibly even to do a week-long run of it during the Edinburgh Festival, so watch this space. In the meantime you can read all about it here.

Labservative election campaign
I've just recorded a piece of viral advertising nonsense for the forthcoming elections in which I sport a ridiculous haircut. You can see it here.



Wednesday 10th January 2010
I haven't updated this news bit for a while. That doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything worth telling you about. Quite the opposite in fact - I've been too busy doing things to stop and tell you about the things I'm doing. Still, here's what's new with me...

Leicester Comedy Festival
I'm happy to say that I'm performing Quite Good Britain at this year's Leicester Comedy Festival on Friday 12th February. To buy tickets, click here.

The humble quest for Universal Genius
I'm writing and hosting a comedy panel show at The Komedia in Brighton on Thursday 18th February where I will be pitting top stand up comedians against in each other to try and find a modern day Universal Genius. There will be rounds on philosophy, languages, science, poetry and hunting, and it will probably be quite ridiculous. The first two contestants will be Terry Saunders and Matt Forde. For tickets and more information, click here.

Go Slow

I'm am currently writing my next hour-long show for the Edinburgh Festival called Go Slow, where I shall attempt to side-step the current breakneck pace of life and see how I get on. You can see a video explaining a bit more about it here. More information will follow. Slowly.



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