Mark Britten

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Mark Britten is an American comedian from Arlington, Texas, whose chosen stage name is "The Chinaman".[1] Born of a Chinese-American mother and a Caucasian father, his act employs material from his "dysfunctional background" and skews ethnic stereotypes of all kinds.[2] He has been a performing stand-up comic for ten years,[3] and is known for his voice impersonations, parodies of rock singers and other vocalists and biting anecdotes about the foibles of ethnic and cultural stereotypes.[2][3] The Austin Chronicle describes him as "a rock star trapped in a comic’s body."[4] He is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.[3]

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Britten has appeared on A&E's An Evening at the Improv (1992 and 1994), NBC's Friday Night (1995), and was the voice of several characters in around half of the 291 episodes of Dragon Ball Z, the number one show on Cartoon Network in 1999-2001 (Oolong, Burter, Ox King, Korin, Moori, Mustard, Malaka, Grand Kai, Bubbles, Gregory, and the Otherworld Tournament Announcer). Most of his roles in DBZ however were later recast and re-dubbed over by other voice actors from Funimation in the re-mastered season box sets. Christopher Sabat got Burter, Korin, Moori, and Bubbles. Mustard and the Otherworld Announcer went to Brandon Potter. Bradford Jackson has voiced Oolong since. Gregory's voice is now done by John Burgmeier. Finally, Malaka is now voiced by Chris Cason. The only role he has retained so far is Grand Kai.[2][5]

He has also appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, where his impressions of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are favorites with the hosts. His impersonation of Schwarzenegger is rated 42nd on XM Radio's list of the top 150 comedy routines,[6] and he has performed at over 250 colleges and universities across the United States.[5]

His musical impersonations in his act range from Dave Matthews and Garth Brooks through to AC/DC, Matchbox Twenty, the B-52's and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.[4][7] He is noted for his material "mocking his Chinese heritage"[4] and his act lampoons ethnic and cultural stereotypes of all kinds. His act includes a character named Kid Wok and a characterization of Fu Manchu[7] and he has released a CD entitled Dis-Oriented Chinaman[4] and a DVD entitled The Chinaman: This Ninja's Crazy[7]

On July 3, 2009, Chinaman's new show opened in Las Vegas. After running for several months, the show closed.


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