Mark Jonathan Davis

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Mark Jonathan Davis
Born (1965-11-27) November 27, 1965 (age 51)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Arizona State University
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Singer
  • Producer
Years active 1986–present
Website markjonathandavis.com

Mark Jonathan Davis (born November 27, 1965) is an American actor, writer, singer, and producer. Davis was born in New York, raised in Arizona, and currently resides in California.

He is known for his work as a voice-over actor in Warner Bros. animated series/films Superman and Batman Beyond, his television performances on NBC's Newsradio and Friday Night and CBS's The Late Show With David Letterman, his parody songs such as "The Star Wars Cantina," "The Phantom Medley," and "Jeannie's Diner," his on-air impersonations on KROQ radio in Los Angeles, and for his portrayal of the lounge singer characters Richard Cheese and Johnny Aloha.

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

Davis began his career in the early 1980s, working as an air personality and morning show producer at the radio station KZZP in Phoenix, where he wrote and produced and sang parody songs and performed character voices. Several of his parodies aired on The Dr. Demento Show, including "We Love Barney Fife," "Eat Too Much," "Radio Shack," and "Rock Me Jerry Lewis" (which he co-produced with Mike Elliott and Bud Latour).

Davis worked as a morning show writer/producer at Pirate Radio in Los Angeles in 1989, and then relocated to Los Angeles in 1990 to work at Premiere Radio Networks as a parody song writer/producer and as Programming Director of the syndicator's comedy networks. While at Premiere, one of his parody songs "Jeannie's Diner," a parody of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" hit song, was released on the Suzanne Vega compilation "Tom's Album" in 1991, and used on Nick At Nite for an I Dream Of Jeannie promo.

In 1992, Davis joined the KROQ Kevin & Bean morning show as producer, where he portrayed characters such as Bob Hope, Shakespeare Man, Lt. Sulu, and Paul The 55-Year-Old Intern. As Paul, Davis recorded a single called "Paul On 45," which was a medley of Sinatra-style versions of KROQ songs. Also as Paul, Davis performed a live duet of the song "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with Tony Bennett at KROQ Acoustic Christmas in December 1993. Davis also managed the morning show's live remote broadcasts, conducted celebrity interviews, and produced several of the station's Christmas albums.

In 1997, Davis released a parody song about Star Wars, sung to the tune of Barry Manilow's disco hit "Copacabana". His parody "The Star Wars Cantina" received extensive airplay on radio stations and remains a popular request on The Dr. Demento Show.

Television[edit]

In 1994, Davis left radio and worked as a freelance copywriter and jingle singer for Nick At Nite, NBC, and CBS in their network on-air promo departments. Davis was the voice of NBC's "Johnny Chimes," an animated singing mascot for the network.

Davis also performed voices for various Warner Brothers cartoon series such as Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series, and The Zeta Project, and wrote parody songs for The Disney Channel's "House Of Mouse" series.

In 1994, Davis appeared on NBC's "Friday Night" as an entertainment correspondent reporting from Woodstock and Lollapalooza, and he performed a "Stupid Human Trick" on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman. Davis appeared in an acting role as himself on NBC's Newsradio in 1997, and appeared on an episode of The Man Show as a Strip Club DJ in 2001.

Writing[edit]

In 1997, Davis worked as a freelance jokewriter for a political consulting firm, and several of his jokes were used by President Bill Clinton during remarks at the April 10, 1997 Radio And Television Correspondents Association Dinner. Davis also contributed comedy material to The Late Show With David Letterman, and wrote jokes for several of David Spade's "Weekend Update" appearances on Saturday Night Live.

From 1997-2001, Davis worked as a freelance copywriter and concept designer for Walt Disney Imagineering during development of Disney's California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, California. Davis wrote copy for signs and displays, and helped create names for theme park attractions, retail stores, and restaurants.

Music[edit]

Davis created the Richard Cheese band in 2000 and released a CD "Lounge Against The Machine." Davis launched an independent record label, Coverage Records, and subsequently released 20 more Richard Cheese albums. The Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine band has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, MTV's Say What? Karaoke, NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly, ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show, and in the movies Dawn Of The Dead (2004), Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and The Lego Batman Movie.

In 2010, Davis created another lounge singer character, Johnny Aloha, and released a CD called Lavapalooza in 2010. The Johnny Aloha band performed live shows in Anaheim and Honolulu.

In 2016, Davis worked as a freelance writer/lyricist for the Princess Rap Battles episode "Rapunzel & Flynn vs. Anna & Kristoff."

Discography/Filmography[edit]

Music[edit]

TV/Film[edit]

  • The Late Show with David Letterman (Stupid Human Tricks Contestant) (July 8, 1994)
  • Friday Night (Entertainment Correspondent, Woodstock/Lollapalooza) (1994)
  • Newsradio (as himself) (1997)
  • The Man Show (Strip Club DJ) (2001)
  • Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker (Virtual Newscaster) (2001)
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Virtual Newscaster) (2009)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (Richard Cheese) (2017)

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