Talent to burn - Mail On Sunday

Mark Maier is a bit of a clever clogs. Having found his way to the top of one profession, advertising, he decided to try and dominate another in the world of stand-up comedy.

Before pursuing his lifelong dream to become a comedian, Mark Maier had written and performed in numerous radio commercials – the lifeblood of American broadcasting And a long way from Sheila’s Wheels - and won a whole host of writing awards, including the impressive sounding World's Best Broadcasting Advertisement at the 1987 Hollywood Radio & Television Awards.

Such a start clearly stood him in good stead and Comedian Mark Maier continues to be in demand for voice over work, thanks especially to an extensive range of regional and international accents, including his natural one of Jewish Geordie. You will have heard Mark’s voice on everything from South Park to Aardman’s Burger King commercials. Well, a guy’s gotta eat.

Since turning to comedy, Mark Maier has proved himself equally successful in more than one field, gaining fans and plaudits for his stand-up, his writing and his broadcasting and performance work. A master of the ad lib and improvisation, having learned the art in America, he runs master classes in improvisational comedy in London and regularly appears with the likes of Josie Lawrence, Jim Sweeney and Paul Merton in the famous Comedy Players. He also founded the critically acclaimed group MadLib which performed at the Edinburgh Festival as long ago as 1994 and is still with us today.

As a straight stand-up comedian, Mark Maier has worked the world over on the national and international comedy circuits, appearing in Germany, Holland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Bahamas, South Africa, America, Australia and New Zealand - and even in between through a series of at sea gigs on the famous QE2.

A regular at Edinburgh, top stand-up Mark Maier’s successes include Laid Back, Get Off With Mark Maier and Giving Up, Giving Up. His biggest suggest came when his hit 2004 show Object was adapted and transferred to huge acclaim on BBC Radio 4. It also won him the Hairline.Com Award.

A big fan of radio – as it is of him – Mark Maier has written and performed numerous hit shows for that bastion of cultured comedy, BBC Radio 4. His roll of honour includes three series of Trapped, a talking heads series called Inner Voices of Men, the sitcom Quando, Quando, Quando, Six Geese A' Laying and the aforementioned Object Lessons adaptation of his Edinburgh show. He also worked on the brilliant Liar with Paul Kaye for Talkback in 2002.

Comedian Mark Maier’s  television appearances include guest outings on Bring Me The Head of Light Entertainment, GMTV and, despite being happily married and a father, an appearance on ITV’s reality confrontation relationship show Dating The Enemy, as well as every live stand-up comedy show you could mention including Edinburgh Nights, Live At Jongleurs, The Stand Up Show and The World Stands Up. As a comic actor, he appeared alongside Ardal O’Hanlon and Hugh Dennis in the BBC’s long-running sitcom My Hero and also worked with Rory Bremner on Who Else?

Mark Maiers advertising background and his ability to tailor material to almost any subject or audience has also made him very popular on the corporate and after dinner comedy circuit.


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