About Mark

Mark Palmer brings VERY CLEVER comedy to the table…

Based in the UK, this South African born comedian has been performing stand-up comedy for over 19 years.

He has performed at comedy clubs around the world, from small rooms to theatres, from an audience of 20 to an audience of 4,000, he has done it all. He has also appeared on Comedy Central as one of their featured comedians in 2013.

Moving to the UK with his wife in 2012, “for an adventure”, Mark found himself starting at the bottom of the comedy ladder in the oldest and toughest comedy scene in the world. In a short space of time and with 11+ years of experience behind him he quickly rose through the comedy ranks in the UK comedy scene to become an established act across the country.

Some of the highlights of his last few years was performing at the world famous Edinburgh Festival in 2013, being chosen as one of the “New Faces of UK Comedy” performers at the Comedy Club UK comedy festival weekend. He was also invited to headline a comedy night in Malta and has performed in Antwerp, Belgium and at the Prague International Comedy Festival. He also been to Toronto, Canada where he played 2 sold-out one-man shows and got to perform at the world famous Yuk Yuks Comedy Club in downtown Toronto. He has also toured Ireland where he performed at the hugely popular Comedy Crunch at The Stags Head in Dublin and headlined the famous City Limits Comedy Club and performed 2 one-man shows in Cork. He is asked to perform regularly for Carnival Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and and Pacific and Royal Caribbean International in the Mediterranean during Europe’s summer. He was the first choice comedian to perform onboard the largest cruise ship in the worlds comedy club on their inaugural 7 day Mediterranean cruise.

Mark is regularly booked and performs all over the world for Princess Cruises, Holland America, Cunard and Oceania.

Mark was also invited to appear as the only non-South African based comedian at the Cape Town Funny Festival in London. Kev Orkian said the following after witnessing Mark at the festival – “you are naturally very funny!”

Mark has also performed in New York City, performing at Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club and has appeared twice as a featured performer at the world famous Comedy Cellar.

“I’ll book you anytime you’re in New York!” – Estee Adoram – Comedy booker at the world famous Comedy Cellar in NY.

“You’re awesome!” – Gladys Simon – NYC Comedy Legend and mentor to Jim Gaffigan, Jeffrey Ross & Zach Galifanakis.

“Full-blooded, fully-charged entertainment” – Cape Times
“Comedy times two” – The Argus
“…A rare find” – Mahala.co.za

Mark’s ability to blend a theme or topic with one of today’s funniest comedy routines is unparalleled. His smart, sometimes loud and often opinionated brand of comedy has made him an audience favourite wherever he performs.

As Jerry Seinfeld said, “Funny is funny. Clean humour, if it’s good, works anywhere.”

Mark is now based in the United Kingdom where he is touring and performing alongside some of the world’s finest stand-up comics.

For all cruise-ship booking enquiries, Mark is represented by Karen Maybury of Maybury Webb Creative in Cocoa, Florida, USA.

For comedy clubs, private events, corporate events or MC work contact Jennie Cooper, Act Manager at MIRTH CONTROL COMEDY: