Mark Kendall

2023 Unstoppable Voters Fellow Mark Kendall is using humor to help Georgians vote

Mark Kendall. Photo by Lola Scott.
Mark doing stand up comedy. Photo by Shelby Paige.

Mark Kendall (he/him) is an award-winning comedian, filmmaker, and educator. Along with his production partner, Bill Worley, he is the co-founder of CoolCoolCool Productions, where they use comedy to encourage civic engagement. Their videos were named “Best Reason to Laugh” by Atlanta Magazine in 2021.

His Mark Kendall Comedy video channels have accumulated millions of views. His films have screened at the American Black Film Festival Comedy Festival. He co-hosted over 90 episodes of iHeart Media’s, “Ridiculous News” a news and comedy podcast available wherever you get your podcasts. He has toured nationally with his one person show, “The Magic Negro and Other Blackness” (originally produced at Dad’s Garage Theatre and The Alliance Theatre).

While studying film at Northwestern University, he completed the Comedy Central Chris Rock Summer School Program, where he pitched jokes at “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” Mark was named best Professional Funnyman by Creative Loafing in 2015 and was the Readers Pick for Best Comedian in Creative Loafing Atlanta in 2019. Follow him on Instagram @markkendallcomedy.

About CoolCoolCool Productions

A majority black-owned business based out of Atlanta, Georgia, we pride ourselves in being able to create supremely entertaining content while also addressing important issues. We’ve produced comedic content about everything from voting rights to systemic racism and even a silly take on April Fool’s Day. We serve global leaders in business, social justice, public health, arts, and entertainment.

Live Comedy Performance at Equitable Dinners

Through Unstoppable Voters, Mark has set out to create the feelings of joy, excitement, clarity, and community — all around voting and civic engagement. Mark wants to see 100% participation in elections from Atlanta voters (who doesn’t!?), and is encouraging this participation via comedy.

On September 17th, Mark performed at Equitable Dinners Atlanta, which inspires Anti-Racism action and meaningful connections through art and courageous conversation. Utilizing comedy, opera, keyboards, and audience participation, Mark and his collaborators put on a funny, beautifully unexpected performance that showed just how exciting voting can and should be.

Mark bringing an audience member into his live comedy performance at Equitable Dinners Atlanta. Photo Credit: Equitable Dinners Atlanta, September 2023

Mark on being an Unstoppable Voters Fellow

I am excited to be an Unstoppable Voters Fellow for the opportunity to receive training and mentorship to continue to learn how to use comedy and the arts to encourage voting and civic engagement. YEAHH!!!

– Mark Kendall, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of CoolCoolCool Productions
Mark and his collaborators performing at Equitable Dinners. Photo Credit: Equitable Dinners Atlanta, September 2023