Originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan, where a devastated local economy was in style way before everybody else in America thought it was cool, Tampa’s Clark Brooks has been doing stand-up comedy since January of 2015. Coming to the scene after establishing himself as a writer with numerous published pieces, including the book “A Ridiculously Inconsistent Treasury”, a best-of collection from his successful blog, “A Ridiculously Inconsistent Trickle of Consciousness”, his coverage of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning at RawCharge.com and as a contributing member of "The Unbelievables", Clark decided that being just a writer wasn’t nearly self-indulgently neurotic for him so he started doing stand-up. Clark’s humor comes from being alternately entertained and annoyed by the antics of his fellow human beings and our insistence on being our own worst enemies.
Clark has worked with national touring comedians like Tony Gaud, Lou Angelwolf, JB Ball, Alonzo Bodden, Shaw, Steven Lolli, Gary Valentine, Dale Jones, Andy Woodhull, Carl LaBove, Josh Blue, Tommy Blaze and Nick Griffin. He has appeared on the main stages at Side Splitters and the Tampa Improv.
His influences include Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Steven Wright, Brian Regan, Carl LaBove, Maria Bamford and Louis CK and he is a regular cast member of the Spike On The Mic Show.
"Clark's work is uniquely creative and never fails to entertain, inform and provide an outlook that is like no other. He has a brilliant sense of humor and benevolent spirit." - Kelly Hickman, President,Bamboo Kazoo Productions, Inc.
"Having worked with Clark on a variety of marketing and promotional programs I have recognized that Clark will produce the highest quality work regardless of the situation. Clark has a unique ability to combine humor and creativity in his work. In facing many challenges in marketing and promotion, Clark’s ideas seem to work at reaching many varied demographics." - Mike LaPan, CFE, Director, The Lakeland Center
"Clark is a hard working, reliable professional and a gifted writer. He co-wrote the narration for my film Ten at the Top in Tampa Bay, which premiered on WEDU, Florida's PBSWestcoast affiliate. He is by far THE funniest person on the planet and should be a writer for Saturday Night Live." - Renee Warmack, M.P.A., Producer/Director, Ten at the Top in Tampa Bay
"Clark is a fantastic collaborator and talented actor. I feel privileged to have worked with him on several of my performance projects!" - Ellen Mueller, Artist & Director
"Brooks' content and style put him easily in a class with great story tellers like David Sedaris and Jean Shepherd. The book's only shortcoming is that it's over too soon, and there isn't a whole stack of Clark Brooks books waiting for me to read. I hope he publishes some more, and soon." - PW Fenton (regarding the book “A Ridiculously Inconsistent Treasury”)
Served in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and with the 3rd Armored Division in Frankfurt, Germany (1982-86)
Played 'Ben' in "Who's On First?" at Soldiers Show Center, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky (1984)
Played 'Announcer' in "Bleacher Bums", presented by Theatreworks in Sarasota, Florida (1995)
Played 'Vince Fontaine' in "Grease", presented by Theatreworks in Sarasota, Florida (1996)
Played 'Guard" in "Atonement", a short film by Ryan Leigh Saul. (1997)
Served as 'Bodyguard for 'Raymond', the official mascot of the Tampa Bay Rays (2000-2001)
Offstage Announcer, 2004 American Freedom Festival in Tampa, featuring performances by Darryl Worley, Karri Turner, Mark Willis and WWE superstars Eddie Guerrero and John Bradshaw Layfield. (2004)
Beverly Harrison Award winner, Plant City Entertainment's production of "Fools". (2004)
Offstage Announcer, 2005 American Freedom Festival, at the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City, featuring performances by Darryl Worley, Lee Ann Tweeden, Charlie Daniels, and Al Franken. (2005)
Writer (and associate producer) on "Ten at the Top in Tampa Bay", a documentary film celebrating a milestone achievement for Tampa Bay, as ten top government positions are held by women at the same point in time. The film promotes mentoring through the stories told by many of these prominent female leaders (2007)
Appeared in the video component of artist Ellen Mueller's "Complete With Illustrated Manual", a performance art piece presented at the William and Nancy Oliver Gallery at the University of South Florida. (February, 2009)
Played 'CEO Jack Fields' in Ellen Mueller's "1st Annual Black & White Sustainability Mixer & Recognition Ceremony", a live performance art piece presented at the University of South Florida's Marshall Center (October, 2009)
Co-author credit on "The Handbook of the Writer Secret Society", a guide for writers, presented in a somewhat satirical and whimsical vein, welcoming them into the "secret" world of the writer's lifestyle and craft (2010)
Appeared in Ellen Mueller's "The Waiting Room", a live performance art installation at the USF Contemporary Art Museum (April, 2011)
Background vocals on Ronny Elliott's album "I've Been Meaning to Write" (2012)
Joined the cast of the "Spike On The Mic Show" (2013)
Appeared in Steven Lolli's "Accidentally Funny: Live from Florida", taped live at the Carrollwood Cultural Center (September, 2015)
Served as host for "F*ck Up Nights Tampa Bay" (January 2016)
Finished among the Elite Eight in the 2015 Stand-Up Comedy Tournament at Side Splitters (February, 2016)
Appeared in Tony Gaud's "Pizza & Pineapples... a comedy documentary" (October, 2016)
Will appear as 'Arthur Bixby' in "Billy's Got A Bad Brain" (currently in production)