Mark Stephenson is a stand-up comedian and writer, who has been a finalist (and come second place) in almost every new act competition in the UK, including the New Act of the Year 2012 (formerly known as Hackney Empire), the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2011 and the Leicester Square New Act of the Year 2010. Mark was also nominated for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards in 2013.
Mark recently starred in short film, “Hatchlings – Alan’s Story” alongside Harriet Kemsley and directed by Stuart Laws for Turtle Canyon Comedy. Mark has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival for several years, receiving many excellent reviews from critics. Mark is also a part of the Chortle nominated Weirdos Comedy collective.
“This is an auspicious beginning from an exhilarating new voice on the comedy circuit.” Spoonfed, 2012
“This young stand-up was another breath of fresh air. His middle-class slacker guise was so understated and casual, he was the only performer on the night who got laughs for just standing there.” The Stage, 2012
“Mark Stephenson, too, is definitely a comic with a future.” Laughing Horse Final, 2011
“Mark Stephenson demonstrates his compelling attitude from the moment he said ‘hiya’ with an air of bored distraction” Chortle
Sara Shulman is the Founder and Editor of Comedy Blogedy, TEDxUCL Speaker on ‘The Power of Funny’, former Head of Comedy at UCLU Rare FM and produces the Comedy Blogedy podcast ‘Humour Me’. Sara is currently a student at the National Film & Television School and occasionally gigs on the comedy circuit.