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Rodney
Marks

Stand-up chameleon and jargon master.

Profile

Rodney Marks is Australia's (mis)leading corporate comedian.

Current work

As a corporate impostor, Rodney Marks has performed his Hoaxes and Jokeses® for many business, government and non-profit groups over the past two decades. He is based in Sydney and is happy to travel - even to Melbourne - to fool people into having a good time

His corporate comedy satirises management language, and is usually in the form of fraudulent keynote speeches at business events:

• seminars
• meetings
• conferences
• awards nights
• cocktail parties
• product launches
• other special events, and
• roasts - for the retiring Managing Director, for example.

Rodney is an impersonator, a humorist and a political satirist. He combines these styles as a
corporate entertainer within the genre of the comic hoax.

Previous experience

In 2007, Rodney was honoured by the University of NSW with the title visiting professor-at-large. He has since been performing his own style of comedy for students on a part-time basis. Also, in March of this same year Rodney became the president of the National Speakers Association of Australia which he still holds today.

Rodney has presented his tailored corporate entertainment all over Australia, and has had more than 30 international tours.

Media
Feedback
Thank you for your brilliant portrayal of Dr Selwyn Spender, the dyed-in-the-wool bureaucrat from from the Insurance and superannuation commission, at our recent Small Business Advisors' conference. Talking to the advisors afterwards, I was enthralled by the number who said they went through various stages of shock, horror, disbelief, amazement and relief. Not only did they go through the various stages, but they found themselves going in and out of each stage during your presentation. This was no doubt due to the effectiveness of your research and your ability to walk that fine line between fact and fiction. AMP

The feedback from the whole day has been excellent and greatly assisted by the humour and wit that you injected, leaving everyone on a high at the end of the day. ... What fun - you really got my group thinking.

Australian Computer Society

Tuesday was an outstanding exhibition of your craft. You misled and deceived 160 of Queensland's finest in a superlative display of your expertise and your great skill as an actor. At times the audience was unaware as to whether or not they should laugh or be insulted. Indeed many did both at the same time! Thank you for your wonderful performance.

Australian Institute of Company Directors

With name Beau Rocraci, we tried hard to let our audience know that they were being duped. However, you carried off the role of the insipid, heartless Public Servant to perfection. So well, in fact, that people still continued to ask serious questions of you well after you had revealed the hoax.

Australia Society of Association Executives

… your performance was wonderful.

Royal Australian Planning Institute

Thank you so much for the other Friday night; everyone had an absolute ball - I have never seen so many smiling faces.

Zurich Financial Services

It was brilliant. Very, very funny.

Australian Graduate School of Management

Your "pitch" was ideal for the Antiques Industry - as I am sure you took on board given the vigorous response and participation by a number of our members. Everyone I spoke to enjoyed your presentation.

Antique Dealers' Association

Great feedback from Greg [King, Marketing and Communications Director], thank you, thank you, thank you.

IBA Health

Thanks again for your routine at our conference.

Kone Elevators

Thank your for a wonderful performance.

Biady & Associates

I have heard only positive feedback, your presentation was very enjoyable. We don't have enough roasts! You have been a pleasure to deal with.

Aon Wealth Management Ltd

By gees you were good! Went over really well with all our staff including Tom our MD. Buckwheat is still getting ribbed today. Thanks for your professional performance. Again from Ying & Yang thank you. I'm sure we will be able to utilise your services again in the future on another part of the company.

Graincorp

Your performance went down very well will all involved, and talk has even filtered outside the room which is always a good sign. We will certainly keep you in mind for any other functions we have in the future, hopefully they will be just as humorous and well played out.

Schneider Electric

Your presentation was well received and I trust you will receive many referrals as a result.

Pacific Zone IDS Enterprise Systems

... a great show and thanks for fooling most of them a little too well!

Knight Frank

The feedback from staff regarding your session was very positive and enjoyed by all. Thanks. Should any of the other Credit Unions enquire about a speaker I will put forward your name.

Select Credit Union

We received positive feedback and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Macquarie Bank

You've really done it this time Rodney. The phones went berserk! People complaining... asking whether it was a joke…

ABC Radio

Fantastic."We took some human resources.....we called them people"… still getting a laugh out of it.

ABN Amro

Thanks for the performance last evening Rodney. You had me in tears! Good material and priceless delivery.

Head of Industrials

Your Cecil Bloggs was quite wonderful. Everyone loved him/you and you both struck just the right note. Despite a thousand explanations, everyone remains convinced you went to school with Peter! Your generous input helped make the party a fantastic success.

Luther Poier (private function)

Everyone had fun and (of course) all are claiming they knew it was a hoax from the very beginning ... We'll be in touch with an invitation for drinks very soon.

SAI Teys McMahon

Thank you for the enormous contribution you made to the success of the function. Everyone remarked on what a fabulous speech you gave.

Judy MacMahon (private function)

Absolutely everyone there thought you were sensational. And I don't know where you got the 'comma' from, but it was exceptionally funny and relevant because Mark did indeed remove the comma! Mark thought you were very clever, very funny and very 'Brussels'. He was surprised and then delighted by your performance.

Oliver (private function)

Following up to the EY TAS conference I wanted to say well done. Your gig and videos were great entertainment and very well received.

Ernst and Young

They all enjoyed greatly your extraordinary ability to create havoc with their thoughts and craft a meaningful message.

The CEO Circle

You'll get the official thank yous but just one more. You were cool under pressure. Thanks.

A J Williams

You did an extraordinary job under very difficult circumstances; you helped us retrieve what could have been a disaster and turned it into a warm and friendly success.

Stephen Green, Appeal Chairman

Your sessions contributed to the mighty success of these few days and were fantastic in themselves. Leaving aside the humour, I think the message"don't take yourself too seriously" was not lost on most. Thanks again and great to have been associated with you once again.

Westpac Bank

Thanks for a great and entertaining performance.

Macquarie University
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