Mark Breslin

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Mark Breslin
Alma materYork University
Occupation(s)entrepreneur, comedian, actor
Known forYuk Yuk's comedy clubs

Mark Breslin, CM is a Canadian entrepreneur, producer, stand-up comedian[1] and actor best known for being the co-founder (along with Joel Axler) of Yuk Yuk's, the largest chain of comedy clubs in Canada. On December 29, 2017, he was appointed[2] a Member of the Order of Canada by Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

Breslin graduated from York University with a B.A. Honours in English Literature.[3] Soon after graduating, he became Director of Theatre and Music for Harbourfront Corporation, an innovative cultural organization which produces events and activities at numerous venues on Toronto's waterfront. He is a founding member of the Canadian Comedy Awards, and was a comedy mentor for the B.C. Festival of the Arts.

In 1976, Breslin and his collaborator Joel Axler opened the first Yuk Yuk's, in the basement of Toronto's 519 Church Street Community Centre. Four years later, Breslin and Axler opened Yuk Yuk's first permanent venue at 1280 Bay Street in the Yorkville district. Over the next few decades, Yuk Yuk expanded its presence nationally and internationally. There are nine clubs across Canada.[citation needed]

Breslin made several guest appearances in the Robocop: The Series television series.[citation needed] He also appeared in an episode of Kenny Vs Spenny. His most recent[when?] film credit was as "Bob" in the movie Confessions of a Porn Addict.[citation needed]

Breslin has produced such television programs as The Late Show with Joan Rivers for Fox Broadcasting, Yuk Yuk's - the TV show for CBC Television, Mondo Taboo pay-per-view specials for The Movie Network and The Yuk Yuk's Great Canadian Laugh Off annual TV special for The Comedy Network, which he also hosts. He was executive producer on Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui for CBC TV and Yuk Yuk's 25th Anniversary Special for the Comedy Network. He was also a story consultant for the first two seasons of Kenny vs Spenny for CBC TV and Showcase and an associate producer of Petal Pushers on HGTV.

In addition to television, Breslin has also worked in radio, developing "Live from Yuk Yuk's", a daily radio show syndicated by the Telemedia Radio Network on over 80 stations coast to coast. Breslin was the program director and an on-air personality on the XM Satellite Radio channel Laugh Attack, which features predominantly Canadian comedy and is Canada's only 24-hour Canadian comedy channel. He hosted a call-in shows on Q107 and CFRB and has appeared as a featured panelist on multiple episodes of ROB TV's The ArtS Panel and Global Television's Grumps. He has written four books so far: Zen and Now (Somerville House), a Brian Mulroney joke book Son of a Meech (Random House), and an autobiographical novel, Control Freaked (Insomniac Press). Breslin also wrote and narrated two 5-CD audio book, published by HarperCollins, titled Yuk Yuk’s Guide to Canadian Stand-Up and Rarities and Road Warriors. Add to this, book reviews for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Quill and Quire, and a monthly comedy column for the Village Post Magazine. He also wrote a weekly movie review column alongside Richard Crouse in the Metro newspaper.

In 2014, Breslin was included in the Toronto Star's list of 180 most influential people to come out of Toronto.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Mark Breslin on the top up-and-coming comedic minds in Toronto". Post City Toronto. March 31, 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ "The Governor General of Canada".
  3. ^ Henderson, Mark (March 15, 1984). "Breslin Opens Clubs Just for Laughs". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 23 November 2021.

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