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Mark Allen has contributed to The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, The Awl and Vice, hosted his own weekly radio show at WFMU, and performed storytelling and stand-up at Upright Citizen’s Brigade NYC, Cutting Room, Axis Theater and 92Y Tribeca. As a journalist, he’s lived for a week with a Japanese home-robot, and been “cured” by an ex-gay church in front of a live audience. As a filmmaker, Mark’s first short Sock Job is currently in production. Have you seen his poem “My Ass?” Mark once ran an experimental show at Dixon Place called Pitch!, where writers pitched ideas to editors live on stage. He used to dance in his underwear for a living, and once helped wrap a giant condom over Jesse Helms’ house. He is also an asshole.

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“My Ass” - by Mark Allen


“My Ass”
- written and performed by Mark Allen (2012)
- drums by Jim Krewson
- photo by Mark Allen

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Here’s me performing “My Ass” live in NYC in 2013.

Here’s a high quality audio WAV version.
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YouTube version here.
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Here’s a video of me performing my poem “My Ass” (with Jim Krewson on drums) on The Robin Byrd Show, recorded with my iPhone laying on the floor below me.

Here’s a video of me performing my poem “My Ass” (with Jim Krewson on drums) on The Robin Byrd Show, recorded with my iPhone laying on the floor below me. Read reviews of the show here and here.

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LIVE: Seven Second Delay at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (report, audio, pics)

Rev. Sam A. Adreades and Mark Allen (photo: Jeff Moore)
Praying the gay away...

I was coached by a priest that’s part of an “ex-gay” program in front of a live audience at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater last week, as part of Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman’s excellent Seven Second Delay program. The audio archive of the show is up at the 7SD site, as well as some great photos by Jeff Moore. What happened? Well, the power of Christ is still trying to compel me. A lot of my friends — who were great — came out to see me do comedy, and it was instead this awkward, what-the-hell-is-happening kinda thing. The show was… cringe-y, but interesting. Ken and Andy were their usual showman selves, very fun. Rev. Sam A. Adreades of NYC’s Village Church/G.A.M.E. program was great, and a real sport to come out and put himself on the line like that (we’re having lunch this week, and I’m attending G.A.M.E.’s next meeting). He’s a good guy! Did people laugh? There were some clucking tongues and boos when Sam was discussing his opinions about the Kinsey report. It got a bit tense in the audience at one point, and there was some snickering when Sam was praying for me. People seemed to not know if they should be laughing or not. When I was up there I was thinking “How do I get into these situations?” Only one person after the show (an old activist friend) told me what I did was “irresponsible.” I’m glad I did it. And 7SD is known for this kind of thing. There was an EMT crew standing behind me while it was happening (they were there for the competitive eating guy). At one point Andy Breckman tried to turn me straight by surprising me with old black and white Joey Heatherton footage from The Tonight Show. That didn’t work either.

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Got bit by a garter snake while mowing lawn today. Attached to my leg & had to yank it off. Look at it now. Eww…

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I tried to sneak out a fart real quietly at work today and concentrated so hard on precise sphincter control that I almost had a heart attack.


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Recommended: listening to Gill Melle’s ANDROMEDA STRAIN sdtk. while riding the upstate train, as the setting sun flickers rapidly along the Hudon river landscape

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Sheep Meadow, Central Park, NYC

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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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DRESSED TO KILL

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Lunch: beef okonomiyaki with fish flakes at Otafuku, E 9th St., NYC …yum!

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I still can’t look at this corner of St. Mark’s & 3rd and not think it’s a CGI-animated scene of NYC 2012A.D. from ROBOCOP IVXXI or something

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Some NYC filming locations from TAXI DRIVER… then and now

Filming Locations for Taxi Driver
Here are some of my then and now photos taken in downtown NYC in 2010.

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At Veselka, 2nd & 9th, NYC

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On stage on 7 Second Delay at UCB Theater, NYC

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Nice rainy day in the garden today…

(photo: Ben Wilson)

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LIVE: Seven Second Delay Live with Ken & Andy, Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, NYC, 8/25

Hey New Yorkers! Come see me get “cured” of my homosexuality (in front of a studio audience) on August 25th as part of Seven Second Delay Live! (w/ hosts Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman) at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater (307 West 26th Street, 6-7 PM). I’ll be joined live on stage by my friend Rev. Sam A. Andreades of The Village Church (G.A.M.E./Exodus Intl. church network), and we’ll be discussing my 2008 enrollment in the Exodus International introductory program, what happened there, why it didn’t “work” on me, how Sam’s approach is different, and what paths I might take to reorient my sexual orientation. You think I’m joking, right? I’m not! Should be a very interesting show, I know I’d pay $5 to see something like that. I may change my mind (again)! Come by and see what happens…
(Facebook event page)

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Upstate NY is beautiful, serene, secluded and peaceful. But, so is the bottom of the ocean.

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