Who doesn't love Marc Summers? Maybe the former cleaning crew at Nickelodeon Studios Florida.
To the rest of us – those in our twenties, thirties and forties, now taking on the reigns of society as we know it – Summers is our version of bygone William Shatner’s and Milton Berle’s of earlier broadcast days.
Simply put, Marc Summers is the television icon of our time.
For those who somehow missed him as the host of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare and What Would You Do?, there he was again shepherding more than a decade of Unwrapped, Food Network’s longest-running series to date.
With the rushing wave of 80s/90s nostalgia continuing to crest, it’s no wonder that Summers channel surfs into the living rooms, dorms and computer/mobile screens of Americans everywhere as special guest on such shows as Workaholics and Robot Chicken or as regular guest on Guy's Grocery Games.
He’s Marc Summers, after all, with a vibrant presence we see in regular stops at The View, The Rachael Ray Show and The Chew, as well as numerous online outlets like Business Insider, podcasts and radio stations around the country.
He’s as sought after today as ever: As our collective big brother or bubbly uncle, Summers’ greatest talent is his ability to evolve with changing trends while remaining consistent in his unbridled passion for each and every thing into which he invests himself.
Summers’ seemingly chaotic, rapid-fire lifestyle – crowded by countless celebrity friends and colleagues – drives On Your Marc with the forward-moving narrative of his new one-man show's production.
A man who’s no stranger to live performances – having cut his teeth in magic and comedy shows at such hot spot venues as The Comedy Store and the Magic Castle for years before finding his niche in television – Summers’ entry into theater as a means of telling his story is one whose development will be well worth the watch for any diehard fan or curious novitiate alike.
Joining him on the multiple projects he keeps spinning like plates on the poles of the stage that is his life, viewers, along with Summers himself, will confront exactly who he is on the journey to creating his one-man show. Together, Summers and viewers will traverse the here, now and then of:
His childhood days on early TV mainstay Romper Room … to a prodigal radio career in his teens that left him replaced by none other than fellow Indianapolis son David Letterman … to forever changing television history with some of the very first programming specifically for kids, before helping to launch the Food Network as we know it today … to his near-death car accident two years ago, challenges with his (much overhyped) OCD and overcoming five years of cancer …
… all while hop-skip-and-jumping across the nation to juggle his work and growing family that makes him today a proud grandfather.
Mathew Klickstein is the author of SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age, which brought together more than 250 VIPs from the Golden Age of the First Kids’ Network to tell their stories of the channel’s development (including a foreword by Marc Summers). Published by Penguin in 2013, the widely-acclaimed book ended up on “Best Of” lists by the likes of: Entertainment Weekly, Parade Magazine and Publishers Weekly.
A graduate of USC’s prestigious screenwriting program, Klickstein co-created weekly comedic travelogue Collegetown USA for the short-lived National Lampoon television network at the early age of 21. He was also head writer and field producer of the show for its first season.
From there, he bounced around the realms of film, television, journalism and music videos, penning Against the Dark for Sony Pictures (the only horror film of Steven Seagal’s to date) and contributing to/editing various print/online publications across the country.
The director of feature-length rockumentary Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story, which chronicles the rise of “disabled rock band” the Kids of Widney High, Klickstein has worked closely in the past with Summers as casting producer for the latter's popular Restaurant: Impossible on Food Network.
After years of traveling and working around the country, Klickstein and his wife have finally settled in beautiful and creative Boulder, Colorado. His articles have appeared in such publications as: Wired, New York Daily News and Splitsider; he hosts and co-produces the nerd/geek culture podcast NERTZ; and he recently co-authored the first full-length insider's peek at thirty years of The Simpsons with lifetime series writer Mike Reiss, which Harper Collins published in June 2018.
Klickstein loves combination fried rice, movies from the Seventies and The Larry Sanders Show. His rambunctious wife Becky is pretty high on that list, too.
Josh Yawn is the founder and executive producer of Texas-based production company and advertising agency
Before launching Joshua Productions, Josh enjoyed time as a television host, producer, music composer and voiceover artist.
Josh was a guest host on Game Show Network's live show GSN Live, producer of the fan convention/reunion of Nickelodeon's You Can't Do That on Television, and held roles behind the scenes of many other hit television shows including Nickelodeon's My Family's Got GUTS, NBC's Biggest Loser, NBC's Last Comic Standing, and ABC's Supernanny.
Yawn was also host and executive producer of two seasons of the game show Family Knows Best and resides in southeast Texas with his wife Lindsay.
Director of Photography
Russ Furry is the owner and operator of REF Video Productions based in Beaumont, TX. He has filmed over 200 weddings, numerous commercial projects and promotional films in the United States.
He has also filmed internationally for destination wedding clients in the Dominican Republic, Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, California, Florida, and West Virginia, along with other projects in Costa Rica and Colorado.
Russ serves as Director of Photography for Joshua Productions and official videographer for annual St. Anne Catholic School’s Ceremonies in Houston, Texas.
He married his beautiful wife Emily in 2009. They reside in Beaumont with their daughter, Audrey, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Baxter & Bentley.
Starting in broadcast television at the age of 16, Eric Cupps has worked with various network affiliates on myriad news and special event productions.
He has been a judge for the Emmys, a member of the production crew for the Tampa Bay Rays, USF Athletics, The Tampa Bay Storm and many more notable productions.
His passion for TV has encouraged him to open his own production company in Tampa, the 11th largest DMA in the country. Specialties include live remotes and corporate communication videos.
Most recently, Cupps’ company has begun collaborating with FOX Sports Net to produce original programming for the series Tee-Time Florida.
Eric is now the newscast director at WTVT FOX 13 and enjoys spending time with his family and eating chicken wings. Lots of chicken wings.
Jon Niccum teaches film, journalism and new media at the University of Kansas and Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS). He is the longtime film critic for the Kansas City Star, and his work has been published in numerous other periodicals online and in print throughout the country.
He is the author of the tell-all book The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, a collection of one-on-one interviews with various bands and musicians detailing their worst gigs.
Niccum has written, produced and worked on numerous award-winning short films and features, with such credits as Kevin Willmott’s Jayhawkers (producer) and Steve Balderson’s Stuck! (co-writer).
In addition to his work as university instructor, journalist and independent filmmaker, Niccum is currently producing the web series Queer Ghost Hunters, which is the first-ever show that explores the lives and paranormal adventures of LGBTQ ghost hunters.
Chloe Sullivan is a well-rounded actress, writer and editor. As Joshua Productions' right-hand woman, she frequently finds herself juggling multiple responsibilities. Writing commercials, chasing golf balls, editing, wiping actors' noses, you name it.
In 2014, she worked in the wardrobe department on the film Texas Heart with legendary actor Blake Clark. She has also been in front of and behind the camera in numerous commercials and short films.
Chloe studied theater at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and currently resides in Kountze, Texas.
Online Animation Director
Patrick Mallek may not be the World’s Most Interesting Man, but he is a 27-year veteran in the creative industry and a multi-award winning animator.
As a youngster, he thought his calling was as an illustrator, a plan that was crushed when his mentor Curly Campbell told him he was an "idea man." The ideas have been flowing freely ever since; to date, he’s written and directed over 70 animated shorts.
His films have aired on MTV Networks and screened at countless festivals, nationally and internationally including SXSW, Spike & Mike and Animation Block Party.
He’s developed animation programming for Clear Channel Radio, Tribune Media and Premiere Radio Network, has created wildly successful animated videos, feature film title work, music videos, video games and viral videos. He is the animation director and juror for the Boulder International Film Festival and an active member of ASIFA.
Patrick may or may not also have a black belt. With a gold buckle.
For the last two decades, Mark Johnston has been making, writing and performing music for audiences around the globe through the Sony, Warner, and Universal record labels.
His music has been heard on television and film, for outlets in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has played sold out shows across the US with his bands Lovehatehero, Divide the Day, What Lies Within, and A Prize Worth Killing.
Johnston has played international festivals with tens of thousands in attendance and has recorded with notable producers Mike Major, Ryan Baker, Ryan Furlott, and J. Robbins.
Now Johnston has focused his sights on producing music for television and film, while pursuing his passion as an educator. He currently resides in Oregon.