Marc Blake is a former stand up, now playwright, screenwriter and director.
He performed stand up for over twenty years, beginning at the old Tunnel Club in Greenwich under the tutelage of the late Malcolm Hardee.(Recently burned down. Not Malcolm: the Club).
He was a finalist in the first Hackney New act of the Year awards, the Laughing Horse New Act competition, the Metro/Evening Standard New Act of the year and ‘So You Think You’re Funny’. 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. Planet of the Apps, No Cake for Sarah and The Interview are all on Vimeo.
His first stage play ’Area 52 premiered at Southampton Stage Door in 2016 and has recently completed a run at the Tristan Bates theatre as part of the Camden Fringe. * West End Wilma. * LondonTheatre. Marc is currently crowd funding the movie.
Marc has appeared in numerous televisions slots on Granada TV, Southern, Channels five and Four, 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 a comedy expert he appeared on Channel 4’s Offensive guide to Comedy and for the Dave Channel on their GSOH launch, also for the Granada TV series ‘The Test.’ He has worked with the Mu-Lan Chinese Theatre studios and for Riverside Studios where students produced three hours of recorded comedy. For three years was the consultant for Taylor Herring PR for the ‘Dave Turns the Tables’ event at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
He has guested 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, also a YA period 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 occasionally teaches Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University as well as novel and comedy writing at Marlborough Summer School.