Mark Breslin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada in 1952. He graduated York University Honours with a B.A. in English Literature in 1974.
In 1976, Breslin opened the first Yuk Yuk's, in the basement of Toronto's Church Street Community Centre. Four years and many sweaty shows later, the Yuk Yuk's flag ship was moved to 1280 Bay Street in the trendy Yorkville district. Over the next decade, Yuk Yuk's would expand to its present reach with over 15 clubs across Canada.
Breslin has produced such television programs as Late Night with Joan Rivers for Fox Broadcasting, Yuk Yuk's - the TV show for CBC TV and Mondo Taboo, two pay-per-view specials for The Movie Network and The Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off annual TV special for The Comedy Network., which he also hosts. He was executive producer on Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui for CBC TV and Yuk Yuk's 25th Anniversary Special for the Comedy Network. Currently, Breslin was a story consultant for the first two seasons of Kenny vs Spenny for CBC TV and Showcase and an associate producer of Petal Pushers on HGTV.
In addition to television, Breslin has also worked in radio, developing Live from Yuk Yuk's, a daily radio show syndicated by the Telemedia Radio Network on over 80 stations coast to coast. He was also the program director for Laugh Attack, on XM Canada, Canada's only 24-hour Canadian comedy channel.
In 1990, Breslin created the first annual Search for Canada's Funniest New Comic, a national contest for developing new talent; that same year, he organized and hosted the first Toronto Comedy Festival, which ran for nine years under various iterations.
In 1998, he was chosen Artistic Director for the Humber College Comedy Program and currently sits as advisory board chairman and producer in residence. He is a founding board member of the Canadian Comedy Awards, and was a comedy mentor for the B.C. Festival of the Arts
Breslin has been a broadcaster, having hosted call-in shows on Q107 and CFRB and having appeared as a featured panelist on multiple episodes of ROB TV's The ArtS Panel and Global Television's Grumps.
Breslin is also a much sought-after public speaker. Selected speaking engagements have included the American Comedy Institute in NYC, the Big Bear Comedy Workshop in L.A., Association for Campus Entrepreneurs (Toronto keynote address), York University Cultural Studies Program, York University Department of Philosophy, Toronto Jewish Film Society, Variety Club of Toronto, MENSA Society of Canada, Glendon College Alumni Association, among others.
The creator of comedy in Canada and founder of Yuk Yuks Mark Breslin shares his learning in a 30-minute conversation on the organization that changed the nation. The standup comedy genius dives deep into the world of being a proudly Canadian-driven organization with approximately 90 per cent of its acts being from the true north. With the upheaval of social media he highlights its benefits of creating a micro-niche audience and more. He also tells us the importance of delivery which is how they’ve managed to change people's lives daily, and showcase the true colours of comedians globally.
Evolution of comedy
Post pandemic shows
Business advantages in Canada
Working with an audience at an events