***Content warning. Not a "corporate clean" or family friendly act, subjects joked about include, but not limited to: drug use, swearing, street life, abuse, crime, etc.***
Mark will guide you through his irreverent, albeit unconventional life, using insights drawn from his dark and grim past; never stopping along the way to observe taboos. After all, how can your life be taboo?
I look forward to your response, and thanks for the opportunity.
Price Range: $200-$1000
Gig Length: 20 - 70 minutes
What to Expect
"I feel like laughing at ourselves is a great way to heal, connect, and bring people together. Mark is the archetype of this. Having come through hell, he now makes fun of it...When you can get 150+ people in a room laughing their asses off at some of their darkest memories, you know you’re part of the solution. Not for the faint of heart; his set was raunchy, and at times bordering on obscene, but everyone knew it was true...Professional, easy to work with, and comfortable at the front of the room in a crowd, Mark brings hilarity to our darkest corners. Can’t wait to have him back!" - Trinity M.
"...that was the funniest comedy show I have ever seen."
- Ken Fulcher, audience member.
Take a wholesome faced bad boy and then remove drugs, alcohol, and a willingness to do crime and you begin to have Mark Hughes. Quickly making a name for himself in the Vancouver comedy scene, Mark is a favorite at Yuk Yuk’s and has performed at the Comedy Mix, Lafflines, and numerous bars and pubs. Vancouver’s largest and only regular dark and dirty show the infamous “Comedy Shocker” was Mark’s co-creation.
Hailing from Vancouver Mark uses his sardonic wit and fearless stage presence to shine a light on the demons that sometimes still affect him to this day. In substance abuse recovery since 2006, Mark draws upon all of his life experiences, from the dark and grim past to the introspective and playful present; there isn't a subject that isn't too taboo. After all, how can your life be taboo?
Recovery shows are where Mark really shines. He first discovered his knack for the comedic absurd as a guest speaker at 12-Step meetings, conventions, and round ups, and is now in demand at these same events as a bona fide recovery comedian all over B.C. and the Prairies. He is instantly at home in front of recovery audiences, and because of his experience as both an active and clean/sober addict, he knows just where to poke. “It’s like telling jokes to your friends,” he says, “which is easy when all your friends were drunks and addicts - this stuff writes itself.”
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