WINNER: The Hollywood Producers’ ENCORE! Award
WINNER: Best of Broadwater
WINNER: Best of Fest, San Diego Fringe Festival 2023
NOMINEE: Best Solo Performance
Mark Pleases You is a high-energy, emotional, silly exploration of people-pleasing and what it means to be a good person. After dying onstage in a freak accident, Mark is sent to hell where a bro-y Satan mocks him for thinking that people-pleasing is the way to get into Heaven. Mark begs for a second chance, so Satan sends him back in time to have a conversation with the version of himself he hates the most: his obese 11-year-old self. Mark then tells stories, conveyed as character sketches, to his young, distracted, weird self. In so doing, he realizes just how miserable his life was, how amazing this kid is, and how wrong he was to hate him for so long. The show is a mixture of sketch, characters, and clown, and culminates with a choreographed dance performance. Additional multimedia is incorporated via the projector. Mark Vigeant is a comedian in Los Angeles. His solo show, Let’s Make a Website, had a sold-out run at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York before touring the country from the Kennedy Center to Comedy Central’s Clusterfest. Credits include the San Francisco, Austin, Toronto, Boston, and New York Sketchfests, New York Comedy Festival, National College Comedy Festival, Jangleheart Circus, Hell Yes Fest, and the Del Close Marathon. His work has been featured in the Daily Dot, the Village Voice, The AV Club, TimeOutNY, FunnyOrDie, and the New York Times. Directed by Joanna Simmons. Joanna Simmons is a writer/director living in New York City. Previous work at the Fringe- “I’m Coming” (director/co-creator), 2019. Recent work in NYC- wrote and directed two plays in 2022- OutofTouch @ The Tank and SpaceLoveContinuum @ Caveat. She has directed over 20 solo shows, countless comedy shows, and taught classes on solo show creation and creative writing. A self-proclaimed, “Story Midwife,” She’d love to help you get your next show out of your head!