Mark Evans (comedian)
|Occupation||Writer, director, actor|
Mark Evans is a Welsh comedy writer, director and actor.
Evans was raised in Wrexham and read Classics at Cambridge University. He joined the Footlights, where he became president, and met writing partner James Bachman and also Robert Webb. After an unsuccessful stint as a stand-up comedian, he decided to switch to screenwriting.
Evans' big break came when he was asked to write for Jack Docherty's eponymous show The Jack Docherty Show. His most notable work was for Mitchell and Webb's radio show That Mitchell and Webb Sound and its award-winning television adaptation That Mitchell and Webb Look. Some of his other credits include Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002–2003), Popetown (2005) and The Late Edition (2006). He has also appeared in That Mitchell and Webb Look as various minor characters, Saxondale, the CBBC programme Sorry, I've Got No Head and various commercials.
He wrote the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy series Bleak Expectations, the first series of which aired in 2007. It was adapted into a TV series in late 2011, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff. The fifth and last series aired in late 2012.
On 6 May 2008, he and long-time writing partner James Bachman recorded the pilot of their BBC Radio 4 comedy Zoom, starring David Soul, Carla Mendonca, and Jon Glover, with a special guest appearance by Nicholas Parsons as himself.
In November 2012, Constable & Robinson published Evans' novel based on Bleak Expectations.
- "Comedy writer Mark Evans on how the Dickens he got into showbusiness". South Wales Echo. 18 February 2012.
- "Cambridge Footlights Alumni 1990-1999". Footlights Official Website. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012.
- BBC Radio 4 - Bleak Expectations
-  Archived 10 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine