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Mark Curry Biography

Curry was born in Oakland, California. He attended St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California and California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA. Curry's first role was in the film Talkin' Dirty After Dark, alongside Martin Lawrence.

Mark has guest starred on numerous television series including “The Drew Carey Show,” “Mad TV,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Martin,” “Living Single” and “For Your Love.” He makes regular stand-up appearances on "The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and Comedy Central. Mark has also starred in the independent films "The Fanatics" and "A Man is Mostly Water” and had a hilarious cameo role in the blockbuster "Armageddon."    

From a young age, Mark always wanted to give comedy a try, having grown up idolizing such comedians as Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. A strong believer in higher education, he attended California State University at Hayward, eventually leaving to manage a local drugstore in Oakland. In 1987, encouraged by customers whom he constantly kept in stitches, he made his comedic debut in an Oakland comedy club.

An immediate success, Mark began headlining at all the major comedy clubs in San Francisco and Oakland. By 1989, with his stand-up act proving an enormous success, he was able to quit his day job at the drugstore and pursue comedy full-time. Mark quickly began attracting attention in the world of comedy, culminating with the taping of his very own half-hour HBO special "One Night Stand." Mark’s HBO special caught the attention of ABC-TV talent executives who signed him to star in his own sitcom. 1992 marked the premiere of "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," the show that went on to make him an international star. In 1996, Mark returned to his hometown of Oakland, CA to tape his own One Hour HBO Comedy Special entitled "Mark Curry: The Other Side.”

Despite his busy schedule, Mark continues to perform his stand-up comedy in sold-out comedy clubs across the country. In spite of all his success, Mark still remains an extremely grounded person. He spends a great deal of his spare time with his family in Oakland and returns frequently to give back to the very city he grew up in. Mark makes it a goal to reach out to underprivileged children, encouraging them to stay in school and off drugs, citing himself as a perfect example of someone who had a dream and made it come true.

Mark Curry comedy specials

  • Mark Curry: HBO Comedy Special Mark Curry HBO Comedy Special The special was released on August 22nd, 1996.
  • Mark Curry: HBO One Night Stand Mark Curry HBO: One Night Stand Filmed at THEATER in PLACE. The special was released on February 23rd, 1991.

Mark Curry jokes, Quotes and One Liners

Now in Florida, when the light turns green, that means you can what? Go! And you -- you walk across the street, you know. You don't look for cars to kill you, do you? You walk across the green. In New York, green don't mean nothing.

Why do we talk like that to the police? Why do we come up with words we've never used? Suddenly we are Harvard graduates when we talk to the police. We super-educated: 'How you doin', officer? The reason I was exceeding the speed limit was due to the fact that I was trying to get down to the youth center so I could read and educate the kids on the extraordinary processes of the educational system of America. I know it's 3 a.m. I was trying to get a jump on the education so I could systematically control my universal. We can control their universe, so we could destroy the negative images of stereotypes brought to us by different elements or different factors in this universe.'

Titanic' -- good movie, no brothas. You know there was brothas on the Titanic. Who in the hell do you think brought that luggage on board?

I grew up the baby of eight kids. We grew up in a two bedroom house. My mom never had to worry about curfew. You came home late, you didn't have a bed. It was simple.

We couldn't afford no Halloween costumes -- eight kids, please! Mama sent us down to the liquor store, put boxes on us. We didn't know what we were -- 'I don't know what we are. I don't know. She didn't tell us. I think we UPS? I don't know.'

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