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Mark DeCarlo          

Comedian and Host of the No. 1 iTunes Food & Travel Show "A Fork on the Road Show"

2011 Emmy Award winner, comedian/travel and foodie expert Mark DeCarlo is thrilled to be on the air in his hometown of Chicago, contributing his award-winning comedic whimsy to Chicago’s No. 1 daytime show, ABC’s Windy City LIVE. On the show, which replaced Oprah in May 2011, Mark celebrates the off-kilter characters that make Chicago the best city in America to work, play and live.. May through October ONLY.

Prior to WCL, Mark rode the road less traveled for four seasons on the Travel Channel’s “Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo,” scouring the U.S. for delicious food and the quirky zealots who champion ancestral recipes and down-home stories over mass-produced mush. It took 400 cities and a lot of napkins, but through it all, a portrait of America... and its hungry people emerged. These hilarious stories and recipes are collected in Mark’s best selling new book, “A Fork on the Road: 400 Cities, 1 Stomach,” a comedic travelogue/cookbook published to sparkling reviews.

In addition to hosting WCL, Mark will hosted two TV series in 2012. "This vs. That," was a show that blends science & comedy into an entertaining weekly hour of high energy hijinks. Mark, with co-hosts Brad Sherwood and Chris Tallman, guarantee laughter, knowledge and spit-takes. The second show, "EconomicalECO," is a how-To series that popularizes ways to radically reduce cost of living by choosing economical American products & services, without mutating into a radical, off-the-grid hippie and sleeping in a Yurt.

Mark is also in-demand as a keynote speaker and comedic host for corporate clients at dozens of Fortune 500 Companies, having hosted World Wide meetings for McDonalds, US Foods, Stryker Medical, BCD Meetings and DAV Productions, among many.

His humorous remarks and foodie-centric approach to leadership training, success and creating your own happiness are best summed up in his motto: “Travel on your Tongue!”

Travel is a metaphor for our lives – we’re all traveling from birth to death. In between, the most powerful way to experience yourself and engage with others is to taste, really savor, each day’s challenges and triumphs. After experiencing more than 500 cities – and the wide variety of people who live in them – Mark works with each client’s meeting objectives and incorporates improvisational techniques with the theme of the day. Mark involves audience members on stage to demonstrate methods and skills from breakout sessions and general meetings. Mark’s goal is to change people’s lives, by giving them the keys to succeed in Sales, Marketing and interpersonal communication – because every huge deal is eventually personal.

Mark DeCarlo is a speaker who can deliver your message to your audience to create a powerful and long-lasting effect.

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