Mark Lundholm

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From humble beginnings on the streets of Oakland, California, as a homeless criminal and mental patient to a world-renowned entertainer, Mark Lundholm’s humor is a wild ride of challenges, changes and second chances.  Just out of rehab, while performing a 20-minute comedy routine at San Quentin State Prison, Mark discovered his childhood survival skill of making people laugh was his ticket out.  Armed with plenty of material poking fun at the insanity his life had become, Lundholm has worked his way up - literally from the gutter. 
His stand-up rountines quickly gained widespread attention, and iIt was not long before Mark garnered the attention of Showtime Comedy and was given his own special.  These routines quickly gained widespread attention.  Ultimately, Mark’s entire story was produced and an off-Broadway play titled “Addicted… a comedy of substance” was born.  “Addicted” is now quickly making its way around the world.  Already in Chicago, Miami, New York, Denver, San Francisco and Nashville, 2011 brings even more – launching “Addicted” in Los Angeles, London and Germany! 
Having performed in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries, including appearances on Comedy Central, Showtime, A&E, NBC, and CBS, Mark Lundholm’s pure, dark look at his past, and clever glimpses of the future make this funny man one of the best.  Mark has been hailed as “a younger George Carlin” by the Contra-Costa Times, and The New York Times called him “Riveting… Dark and Funny!”  The San Francisco Chronicle said he was “Funny. Cannily rendered… comic precision.”  Mark has performed for Eric Clapton, Donald Trump, Jerry Stiller, and former President Gerald Ford, showing no signs of slowing down! 
Taking the time to give a little back each year, Mark re-visits a handful of jails and prisons, rehab centers, homeless shelters and other places he has lived. 


Funding for this initiative was made possible  by grant no. 1H79TI081720 from SAMHSA.  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by DAODAS.

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