PACO the PRETENDER
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As roving comedy correspondent, Mark contributes live remotes, celebrity interviews and satirical pop-culture current events coverage.
Mark won 3 consecutive Emmy Awards for his work as host, producer & writer on these comedic ABC segments…so far.
Mark asks a roomful of youngsters to invent a new snack: the “Windy City LIVE” Pretzel.
ELEVATOR TALK SHOW
After winning another Emmy Award, Mark comes up with his own spin-off TV series: Elevator Talk Show.
PACO the PRETENDER
With his guest a no-show, Mark asks a passerby to assume the persona of a famous clothing designer for a LIVE TV Interview.
1000 YEARS OF FEMALE WISDOM
Visiting a retirement home to speak with 10 ladies in their ’90’s, Mark gets educated.
CHICAGO JOBS: SIGN MAKER
Mark tries yet another “Chicago Job” when he subs for a sign maker and tried to work on Navy Pier.
SAUSAGE & AUNTS
Mark heads home to hand make pork sausage with his hilarious italian aunts.
MARK SAVES CHICAGO
Mark patrols the Miracle Mile of Michigan Avenue, alerting unsuspecting pedestrians to a new “Law” that prohibits walking the sidewalk while talking on cell phones.
MARK TEACHES KIDS?
In a clear breakdown of scholastic oversight, Mark DeCarlo is somehow allowed to teach young, impressionable kids in a Chicago public school.
FASTEST FARMERS IN THE WORLD
Mark heads to the prairie to race LAWN MOWERS around a dirt track.
MARK COOKS IT UP with BUDDY GUY
Buddy Guy takes Mark on a tour of famous Chicago Blues landmarks.
52 YEARS & DONE
Mark returns to his alma mater, Benet Academy, for one last tussle with his old writing teacher, Dr. Tim White.
BIO: Mark DeCarlo
2015, 2014 & 2013 Emmy Award winner, Comedian/Travel & Foodie Expert Mark DeCarlo was thrilled to win back to back to back Emmys for contributing his comedic whimsy to Chicago’s #1 daytime show, ABC’s Windy City LIVE. On the show, which premiered in May 2011 in Oprah Winfrey’s historic time slot, Mark hosts and produces comedic segments celebrating the real people, places and slightly off-kilter characters that make Chicago the best city in America to work, play and live…May through October. Prior to WCL, Mark rode the road less traveled for 4 seasons on the Travel Channel’s “Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo,” scouring the U.S. for delicious food and the quirky zealots who champion ancestral recipes and down-home stories over mass-produced mush. It took 400 cities, and a lot of napkins, but through it all, a portrait of America… and its hungry people emerged.
These hilarious stories – and previously secret recipes – are collected in Mark’s best selling new book, “A FORK ON THE ROAD: 400 Cities, 1 Stomach,” a comedic travelogue/cook book published by Lyons Press to sparkling reviews. AFOTR was an Amazon best seller for 19 weeks, and spawned yet another travel show, but this time Mark shares the spotlight. With over 750,000+ weekly subscribers, Mark and his wife, The Traveling Diva Yeni Alvarez, host the web’s #1 Travel-Foodie Entertainment program, “A Fork on the Road Show.” Recent guests include; Robert DeNiro, Emma Thompson, Samantha Brown, Dick Van Dyke, Slyvester Stallone. Each episode features interviews with celebrities, chefs, touring musicians, local characters and features travel deals and contests that reward listeners with prizes all around the country. The show is broadcast from studios in LA Studios and from Festivals around the country. The podcast is currently being developed for TV and Webisodes.
Mark’s companion Travel Blog for HuffingtonPost.com’s SIX MILLION daily readers chronicles the characters he meets on his adventures around the globe, performing at festivals, comedy shows, and seeing the world, one forkful at a time. Mark is in-demand as a keynote speaker and comedic host for corporate clients at dozens of Fortune 500 Companies. Mark also performs with his blues/rock band, Old Blues Eyes. Mark produced and hosted a ground-breaking web series, EconomicalECO.com, that featured a complete home rebuild, green from the ground up. Unlike other ‘green’ shows, EcoEco isn’t about saving the planet, it’s about saving MONEY. By using exclusively American-made, economical to purchase and use products, Mark completed the remodel for 33% less than a conventional job. He doubled the size of the home, while cutting energy usage by 20%. The combination of warranties, rebates and tax incentives for buying energy efficient products added yet another level of savings. The completed 52 HD webisodes are being developed for web and TV release this year.
After founding the Second City’s West Coast Touring Company in Santa Monica, Mark hosted Fox’s hit dating show STUDS for 580 episodes, birthing reality TV – for which he is truly sorry. Juicy roles on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Tracey Takes On, and The Ben Stiller Show kept him in demand between live shows with his improv group, The Frayed Knots! In 2001 Mark starred in the OscarÒ Nominated “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius” as befuddled cartoon dad Hugh Neutron, continuing for a decade on the award winning Nickelodeon TV series. Animated stints on Barnyard, Planet Sheen, Johnny Bravo, Handy Manny and the Thumb series of comedies Thumb Wars, BaTThumb and Thumbtanic keep Mark in demand as a cartoon voice actor. After Studs, Mark hosted 3 more hit shows; Fox’s extreme game show Big Deal, and FX’s late night talk show The X Show, before hitting the road from 2005-2009 for the Travel Channel.