Mark S. Allen

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Mark S. Allen
Born Mark Allen Stell
March 15
Amarillo, Texas
Other names Mark S. Allen
Occupation Producer, host
Years active 1996–present
Employer ABC Television
Known for celebrity interivews, live TV stunts
Height 5'7"

Mark S. Allen is a 3-time Emmy Award winning[1] American television presenter and movie critic, known for his celebrity interviews and outrageous live tv stunts. (In 2015, days after the first recorded great white shark attack in the San Francisco Bay, he swam the entire bay from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge on live television. He is a morning show host and content provider for ABC television in Sacramento and the former host of Short Attention Span Theater on Comedy Central. He logged 25,000 hours of live TV as an anchor-reporter on Good Day Sacramento, and was also afternoon Radio host on NOW 100.5 as well as executive producer and host of Mark at the Movies on on Reelz ChannelTV.

He started his career hosting SCRATCH-TV with Lisa Ling and was voted the #1 reason to watch local TV in the 2015 Best of Sacramento News & Review Readers Poll.[2]


Allen is one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics' Association (BFCA.ORG).[3]

Early life[edit]

Mark grew up in Odessa, Texas[4] and graduated from Permian High School the school and era in which the New York Times best-selling book "Friday Night Lights" was written.

Allen has been quoted as saying he watched a lot of TV, mainly adult shows like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. These shows later served as inspiration to him in his career.[4]

In college, he studied theater arts, transferring from Texas Wesleyan University to California State University, San Bernardino to UCLA and finally to Sacramento State University, where he finished his degree. All the while, he continued working radio jobs, hoping somehow to parlay that into television.

Years later he went back to Odessa with director Peter Berg and Billy Bob Thornton to host a national TV special on the World premiere of the feature film based on the book.

Professional Background[edit]

Television & Movies[edit]

Good Day Sacramento

Since 1996, Allen has been the local CBS affiliate’s entertainment anchor, film critic, stuntman, and arts and entertainment reporter.[5]

He has logged thousands of celebrity interviews which can been seen on Good Day Sacramento, Mark at the Movies and the Mark at the Movies YouTube Channel.

Shark Swim on Good Day Sacramento

On October 30, 2015 Allen swam from the new bay bridge non stop to the Golden Gate Bridge on live TV,[6] days after the first recorded shark attack in the history of the San Francisco Bay was recorded.

Mark at the Movies on the Reelz Channel (produced by CBS Television)

Mark at the Movies[7] first aired locally, but then executives from Reelz network saw it and bought the rights to run it. It won two Emmys in 2010 and a third in 2011.[4]

Critics' Choice Awards 2008 Red Carpet Pre Show

Mark S. Allen appeared as a co-host with Chris O'Donnell on the VH-1 Critics' Choice Awards 2008 Red Carpet Pre Show.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Allen is part of the cast of the movie Independence Day: Resurgence, which opened June 2016

Short Attention Span Theater

Allen replaced comedians Jon Stewart and Patty Rosborough as host of the Comedy Central network show called Short Attention Span Theater in 1993.[7]


Allen Co-hosted the show Scratch along side another Sacramento native, Lisa Ling[7]

In November 2006, and again in December 2015, Allen was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.[8]


Allen got his broadcasting start as a radio personality, in Dallas, Sacramento (at KSFM FM-102),[9] and Southern California.

Allen quickly became the standard for radio physical stunts and performed several annually (such as being buried under 18 tons of sand for a week, living atop a billboard, and on a man-made island, for 30 days each) in order to raise money and awareness.

Living on a billboard for the Muscular Dystrophy Association:

In 1988, to raise awareness and funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Allen agreed to live 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a billboard for a month. On the third night of the stunt Allen fell off the billboard breaking bones in both legs and feet while also suffering a concussion.

The day after he fell off the billboard, the local American River Fire Department rushed out and took him to the hospital. But after getting casts, he still insisted upon returning to the top to complete the fundraiser.[4]


  1. ^ Trinchera, Christa (16 May 2010). "2 Emmy Wins for Local Television Personality Mark S. Allen". Sacramento Press. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Best of Sacramento 2015: People & Places Readers' Picks - Best of Sacramento - Guides - September 17, 2015". Sacramento News & Review. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Critics' Choice Awards | Mark S. Allen | Profile". Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Being Mark S. Allen - Feature Story - Local Stories - August 28, 2014". Sacramento News & Review. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  5. ^ "Mark S. Allen". Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Mark's Bride-to-Bridge Swim". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  7. ^ a b c "Mark S. Allen". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  8. ^ Lindelof, Bill (December 18, 2015). "Sacramento TV personality Mark S. Allen arrested on suspicion of DUI". The Sacramento Bee. 
  9. ^ "Sacramento Radio History - KSFM in the 1980s". Retrieved 2016-01-04. 

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