Mark Malkoff

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Mark Malkoff
Born (1976-01-20) January 20, 1976 (age 42)
New York City, U.S.

Mark Malkoff is an American comedian, writer, and filmmaker who formerly worked for Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. He is a graduate of New York University and currently lives in New York City, where he hosts The Carson Podcast.


Malkoff gained worldwide media attention when he made a video detailing his attempt to visit all 171 Starbucks franchises in Manhattan in a single day during the summer of 2007.[1][2]

He made headlines in January 2008 when he moved into an IKEA store in Paramus, New Jersey for a week as his apartment was fumigated.[3][4][5]

In June 2009, Malkoff lived on an AirTran jet for 30 days in order to conquer his fear of flying. After completing this endeavor, he broke the Guinness World Record for most flights taken in a 30-day period with 135 flight segments.[6]

On October 5, 2009 Malkoff traveled for four weeks in a Ford Fusion Hybrid around the country seeing how many U.S. mayors he could get to present him their key to the city. As of December 20, 2009, Malkoff has been presented 95 keys from mayors of cities that include Baltimore; Milwaukee; Tampa, Fla., Harrisburg, Pa.; Frederick, Md.; Durham, N.C.; Marietta, Ga.; and Fairfax, Va.[7]

In February 2010 Malkoff made headlines again with a video in which to disprove the myth that New Yorkers are rude he was physically carried 9.4 miles in Manhattan by 155 individuals.[8][9]

On January 20, 2010 Malkoff wrote a piece for Huffington Post entitled "The Will Ferrell Curse" which was featured by Nikki Finke on Deadline Hollywood. In it Malkoff discusses the fact that every time Will Ferrell has appeared as the first guest on a talk show, the show has not made it past a season. Ferrell appeared as the first guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, The Megan Mullally Show, and John McEnroe's talk show McEnroe, which aired on CNBC.[10][11]

In April 2011 Malkoff raced a crosstown Manhattan bus while riding a Big Wheel tricycle to point out how slow the buses in New York are.[12]

In July 2011, Malkoff tried to get thrown out of a Manhattan Apple Store with stunts that included having a pizza delivered, bringing in a band to play live music, bringing in a pet goat, and trying to have a quiet candlelit dinner with his wife.[13]

In August 2011, Malkoff launched "101 other things to do in Holland," besides the smoking of weed, including descend the Euromast (328 feet) in Rotterdam, try to pay off the U.S. debt by collecting money in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam and fool around with street performers at the Dam square in Amsterdam.[14]

On September 29, 2011, Malkoff gave free cab rides out in New York with the catch of strange behavior and other quirks from the driver, as well as antics duch as the passenger area slowly filling with popcorn.[15]

In April 2012, Malkoff tested the limits of Netflix by watching as many movies as he could in one month. During the month, he watched 252 movies from opening to ending credits. For being the heaviest Netflix user that month, Malkoff was invited to Netflix Headquarters where he met Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.[16]

In August 2013, Malkoff used Skype to video chat with residents of 162 countries, including North Korea.[17]

The Carson Podcast[edit]

Malkoff currently makes videos for the comedy website My Damn Channel and has hosted The Carson Podcast since February 18, 2014, a single-microphone weekly audio interview series in which he examines the career of talk show host Johnny Carson by interviewing employees and guests of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, an NBC-TV television program broadcast for almost thirty years from 1962 to 1992. He has also interviewed some of the few surviving staff members of Carson's three earlier television series, Carson's Cellar (1951–53), The Johnny Carson Show (1955-56) and Who Do You Trust? (1957-1962; originally entitled Do You Trust Your Wife? for most of the first year of Carson's tenure, until July 1958).

Malkoff's guests have included Dick Cavett, Peter Bogdanovich, John Landis, Chevy Chase, Dave Thomas, Steven Wright, Brooke Shields, Teri Garr, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Kate Capshaw, Shecky Greene, Michael J. Fox, Larry King, Tom Brokaw and dozens of comedians, writers, singers, actors and backstage personnel who appeared on or worked for The Tonight Show. Every interview is readily available online and the audio runtime is approximately an hour to an hour and forty-five minutes in most cases, although a few are shorter and several are longer. Several guests have appeared more than once, including Cavett, Reiner, Rich Little and Charles Grodin.


  1. ^ Evans, Sean (20 July 2007). "Starbuck trooper!". New York Daily News. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ 9Lee, Rebecca (31 July 2007). "Coffee, Water, Biscotti …". ABC News. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Mark Lives in IKEA". Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Make Yourself at Home in Ikea". ABC News. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  5. ^ Hesse, Monica (17 January 2008). "No Assembly Required". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Comedian's New Adventure". CBS News. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ Scott, Simon (7 November 2009). "Takes A Pretty Big Key Ring For The Keys To 100 Cities". NPR. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  8. ^ Cooper, Anderson (3 February 2010). "Carried by 155 strangers". CNN. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  9. ^ Frauenfelder, Mark (29 January 2010). "Man asks volunteers to carry him up Manhattan for 9.4 miles". Boing Boing. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  10. ^ Finke, Nikki. "Is There A Will Ferrell Talk Show Curse?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  11. ^ Malkoff, Mark (20 January 2010). "The Will Ferrell Curse". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Comedian Mark Malkoff Races New York City Bus Riding A Big Wheel". Huffington Post. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  13. ^ Tate, Ryan. "Apple Customers Can Get Away With Anything". Gawker. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Mark Visits Holland". Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  15. ^ Hardigree, Matt. "New Yorker gives away a day of weird free cab rides". Jalopnik. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Mark Malkoff Visits Netflix Headquarters After Watching 252 Movies". Huffington Post. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Call Me, Haiti? One Man's Quest To Skype Around The World". 31 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.

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