In 1984 Mark and Krissie Illing created the comedy duo Nickelodeon. They appeared in theatres and open-air festivals all over the world including New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Dublin, Barcelona, winning London’s ‘Street Entertainers of the Year’ Award and ‘Critics Choice’ at the Edinburgh Festival.
After settling in Germany in 1990, Nickelodeon created and toured two productions, Dinner for Two and Great Lovers in History, (both written and directed by Mark). The tours and numerous appearances on television made Nickelodeon one of Germany’s most famous comedy teams.
Although Nickelodeon stopped touring in 1995, sold out runs in Renaissance Theatre (1999), TränenPalast (1998) and Tippi (2006) all in Berlin and Fliegende Bauten (2000) as well as St Pauli Theatre (2005) both in Hamburg ensured the two characters ‘William’ and ‘Wilma’ achieved legendary status.
Since 1995 Mark has toured several Solo comedy shows, all performed in German, to great acclaim making him ‘Germany’s Comedy Import Number 1’ !
All Marks’s solo productions have been filmed for German television
In 1999 Mark was commissioned by Renaissance Theatre, Berlin to write and direct a play. In June 2001 Heaven, a tragic-comedy for three actors, was met with critical praise.
Having been living and working in Germany for over a decade, Mark wrote, in 2004, a ‘fictional biography’ An Englishman in Köln (Kiepenheuer und Witsch). He is still touring the evening show based on the novel.
In a prolific period of six months in the summer/autumn of 2008 Mark has written and directed his new play for two actors Ein Feierabend für Eltern and wrote and performed his one man show Zuhause bei Britton.
To date Mark has received numerous invitations to present, and sometimes direct, special presentations for companies Daimler Chrysler, Jaguar, S.A.P. as well as special events including ‘the World Cup on Snow 2004’ (sponsors Cartier, Bank Hoffman, Siemens and Maybach) and the ‘Last Night of the Proms Open Air Public Viewing’ broadcast in Berlin 2004 & 2005.
As well performing his material on numerous German TV shows, Mark has guested on Talk Shows and been the subject of Profiles.
Mark lives with his wife and two children in Cologne.