Mark Schiff was born in the Bronx, one of five boroughs in New York City. So immediately you know hes funny. When Mark was six, his mother took him into Manhattan every weekend for singing and ballet lessons. When Mark returned to school each Monday and showed his fellow Bronx classmates what hes learned, the class would gather around and beat him up. Marks mother smartened up and enrolled him in karate lessons, but those came to a halt when the karate teacher beat him up. Why was Mark always getting into trouble? "Its because I had a big month and say anything that came to mind." Little did anyone know, including Mark, that he was honing his craft. Marks mother was not very encouraging about his comedy. She was always saying, "You know Mark, youre not funny. You may think your funny, but you dont see me laughing, do you?" Marks father, on the other hand, thought everything he did was funny. Actually, he would laugh uproariously at any thing that would infuriate Marks mother.
When Mark was twelve, his parents took him to a nightclub. There, live on stage was Rodney Dangerfield doing his act. At that moment, knew the path he had to follow. "The light went on. I knew what I was going to do for a living." When Mark was eighteen, he began writing jokes, memorizing them and took the first steps into a career that would lead him to become one of the most respected comedians of his day.
Mark worked in New York City for the first five years doing shows seven nights a week. Some nights he would do as many as six shows. Mark would go from The Improvisation to Catch A Rising Star to The Comic Strip working along side his friends Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Gilbert Gottfried, George Wallace, Eddie Murphy and Richard Belzer.
Like his purist friends Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, Mark took the tougher road. He decided to be a clean comedian and not use four letter words to get him laughs. "If Bill Cosby and Wood Allen could do it, then so can I. After all, whos funnier than them?"
Mark also has a deep respect for his audience and never wants to offend them. He is happy doing one thing, making them laugh, and none do it better. "I only want them to have a good time. Its not about what I know or whos smarter. I am there to entertain them. I suppose if I could teach an audience anything, its that they have the capacity to laugh more than they ever knew."
Mark has shared the stage with Jerrry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Paul Reiser, Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, Paul Anka, Kenny Loggins, The Beach Boys, Tim Allen, and many more. He was headlined in all the major casinos and clubs across the country and has appeared many times on both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. He has had both HBO and Showtime specials, and has been the featured act at the Montreal Comedy Festival. He has been in the sitcoms Empty Nest and Mad About You. Mark currently has a cartoon series called Two Stupid Dogs, and is in the process of developing his own sitcom with the networks.
After one if Marks recent television appearances, he received a phone call from his mother who said, "I saw you last night. You were very funny." Mark knew it was just a matter of time before his toughest audience, his mother, would start laughing.