More than a comedian, more than just an MC, Mark brings to the table over 18 years of performing experience coupled with a genuine passion for ensuring that your event is a total success.
“Performing is what I do, making people laugh is the best job in the world".
Having headlined and emceed all of the major comedy clubs around the country as well as regular corporate engagements and cruise ship bookings, Mark has comfortably become known as one of the most reliable comedians and MCs in the business.
“When I’m headlining on a cruise ship it’s great to get on stage and do a full one-hour show. As an MC however, I feel responsible for setting the tone of the evening, ensuring that everything runs smoothly, to time, and that all audience members enjoy themselves”.
As a story teller Mark can keep an audience enthralled as he peppers them with punchline after punchline littered throughout with real life stories from his own experiences.
Mark has been seen on all of the major commercial TV channels as well as being a featured comedian on the Comedy Channels “Home Delivered Comedy”. Radio stations haven’t escaped his attention either, as Mark is a regular on-air contributor to ABC Radio Brisbane, while also having been heard around the country under the “Home Grown Humour” banner.
But to be fully appreciated, he has to be seen live. His approach is up front and personal, with a direct manner that means the audience is engaged from the moment he steps onto the stage. His innate ability to connect with people from all demographics means that he can zero in on the finer points of life and present them in a way that makes audiences laugh, and laugh hard.
Keynote Speaker and Mental Health Solutions Facilitator
Mark is now evolving from one of Australia’s leading headline comedians and MCs into that of an advocate for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
“I’m a firm believer in encouraging people to experience comedy in all its forms. It’s widely recognised that laughter is beneficial to your mental health and can help reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression”.
Previous to his performance career Mark spent over 10 years in sales and was a Team Leader and Instructor for the Qld State Emergency Service.
Mark holds a Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies from Griffith University and is currently studying a Masters of Suicidology.
“My aim is to promote the personal and professional benefits of laughter and humour to help reduce stress, depression and suicidality, while having a positive impact on workplaces”.
In 2014 Mark met with Professor Diego De Leo AO, a recognised world leader in the field of Suicidology, to discuss Mark’s theories on the use of humour and laughter in regards to increasing the mental wellness of the population. Professor De Leo found Mark’s approach to suicide prevention quite unique, which subsequently led to Mark having been encouraged to apply to study at The Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Prevention (AISRAP) based at Griffith University.
‘You need to prove how you could have a positive impact on 1 million Australians over a 3-year period’. That was the task set in 2013 by the Singularity University, a think tank based in NASA Ames Research Park for their inaugural Global Impact Competition ‘Australia’. Mark was named Runner Up for his proposal of using comedy and laughter to reduce rates of depression and suicide while also increasing workplace productivity. Dr Clarence N.W. Tan the Australian and Malaysian Ambassador for the Singularity University is now mentoring Mark to help him develop his ideas for societal change.
Mark’s Laughter Clinic Keynote Presentation and Workshops combine comedy and laughter with the latest information and research in Suicidology to produce a fun, yet very powerful experience. These include practical tools for participants to use in their personal and professional lives which are aimed at helping increase mental wellness and productivity.
The Laughter Clinic
Why The Laughter Clinic is a good mental health strategy for business.
In 2013, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) released their ‘Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace, Return on Investment Analysis’ report. Some of the key findings of the PWC report are as follows:
Mental Illness costs Australian workplaces approximately 10.9 billion dollars per year in lost productivity.
PWC estimates that implementing an effective mental health action can result in a positive return on investment (ROI) of 2.3. That is, for every one dollar spent, organisations can expect on average, a return on investment of $2.30 in benefits.