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Mark Palmer

Comedian - Master of Ceremonies

Mark Palmer, this South African born comedian has been performing stand-up comedy for over 16 years. He has performed at comedy clubs around the world.


Moving to the UK with his wife in 2012, “for an adventure”, Mark Palmer found himself starting at the bottom of the comedy ladder in the oldest and toughest comedy scene in the world. In a short space of time and with 11+ years of experience behind him he quickly rose through the comedy ranks in the UK comedy scene to become an established act across the country.

Some of the highlights of his last few years was performing at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival in 2013, being chosen as one of the “New Faces of UK Comedy” performers at the Comedy Club UK comedy festival weekend. Mark Palmer was also invited to headline a comedy night in Malta and has performed in Antwerp, Belgium, and at the Prague International Comedy Festival. He has been to Toronto, Canada where he played 2 sold-out one-man shows and got to perform at the world-famous Yuk Yuks Comedy Club in downtown Toronto.

Mark Palmer has also toured Ireland where he performed at the hugely popular Comedy Crunch at The Stags Head in Dublin and headlined the famous City Limits Comedy Club and performed 2 one-man shows in Cork. He is asked to perform regularly for Carnival Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and Pacific and Royal Caribbean International in the Mediterranean during Europe’s summer.

Mark Palmer was the first choice comedian to perform onboard the largest cruise ship in the world’s comedy club on their inaugural 7 day Mediterranean cruise.


“Brilliance at its best. Sharp & good, clean humour.”


“I’m elated that this year our choice fell on Mark Palmer! Mark was able to read the crowd extremely well – he was able to adapt his comedy in a way that not only suited our brand and also the very diverse crowd we had.”

Protea Hotels

“The show was clean, sharp, full of all the current happenings and extremely funny! Your professionalism and dedication to what you do is really something to be admired! The feedback was only that of praise and everyone is excited to see you back again.”

Michelle de Villiers – Functions Manager, Allee Bleue Hospitality

“The women also had plenty of laughs during the luncheon with a spectacular performance from Mark Palmer. “He had the women in fits of laughter – it definitely set the mood for the fundraising aspect of the day and we are all very pleased by its success.”

Ferose Oaten – Businesswomen’s Association