Marc Blake on stage

Marc Blake is a former stand up, now playwright, screenwriter and director.

He performed stand up for over twenty years, beginning at the Tunnel Club in Greenwich under the tutelage of the late Malcolm Hardee. He was a regular at the Comedy Store and at many hundreds of comedy venues nationwide, also performing in Holland, Belgium and Jersey. He has played at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990, 1993, 2004 and 2005.

‘A ream of clever one-liners’Scotsman.
‘A towering comic intellect’Metro.
‘A gifted comic writer.’Edinburgh guide.
‘Master of the two-liner. Extremely well written jokes.’Chortle.

He retired from live performing in 2012 to direct film, completing four shorts, Exorcism, Planet of the Apps, No Cake for Sarah and The Interview: He is currently in post production on his first feature film Axman – a psychological comedy/thriller.

His first stage play ’Area 52 premiered at Southampton Stage Door in 2016 and ran at the Tristan Bates theatre as part of the Camden Fringe. * West End Wilma. * LondonTheatre.

Marc has appeared in numerous televisions slots on Granada TV, Channels 5 and 4, the BBC Stand up show, ITV’s Weapons of Mass Distraction and in his own ITV special ‘Marc Blake and Friends’, as well as creating and performing his own BBC Radio 2 series ‘Whining for England.’

As comedy expert he appeared on Channel 4’s Offensive guide to Comedy and for the Granada TV series _’The Test.’ as well as guesting on BBC Radio London, Talk Radio, LBC, Radio 2, Radio 4’s Loose Ends and the Fred Macaulay show (BBC Scotland).

He wrote for numerous TV and radio series including ‘Spitting Image’, Arnold Brown, Craig Charles, Frankie Howerd and Russ Abbott. Former students include performers Catherine Tate, Rudy Lickwood, Marc Lucero, Angelos Epithimiou, Carl Donnelly and Joe Wilkinson, plus writers Simon Blackwell (The Thick of It, In the Loop), David Scott and Ali Crockatt (Genius) and your name here.

He has written four comic novels, Sunstroke, Bigtime, 24 Karat Schmooze and Monkey Puzzle, as well as a YA ghost novel ‘Spirit of the Blitz.’

Non-fiction work includes:

How to be a Comedy Writer (Andrews UK) 2007
How to be a Sitcom Writer (Andrews UK) 2007
How a writer Dies (running pen) 2010
Screenwriter’s Wrongs (running pen) 2012
How NOT to write Sitcom (A&C Black) 2011
Writing the Horror Movie (Bloomsbury) 2013
Writing the Comedy Movie (Bloomsbury) 2016

Marc teaches Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University and performance at Winchester University, and novel/comedy writing at Marlborough Summer School.