Mark Jonathan Davis is a writer, producer, and performer. He was born in New York, raised in Arizona, and has lived and worked in Southern California since 1990. He has over 30 years of experience working as a comedian, actor, producer, and consultant in entertainment, advertising/marketing, and politics.
Davis began his professional career in radio in the early 1980's, working as morning show producer at legendary stations like KZZP and Pirate Radio. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles to manage the Premiere Radio Comedy Networks, where he produced parody songs including "The Star Wars Cantina," "Jeannie's Diner," and "Rice Rice Baby." In 1992, Davis joined the KROQ Kevin & Bean morning show in L.A., producing jingles and comedy songs, conducting celebrity interviews, and creating memorable on-air characters such as Paul The 55-Year-Old Intern and Shakespeare Man, and impersonations of Lieutenant Sulu and Bob Hope.
Also in the 1990's, Davis performed voices for Warner Brothers' "Superman" and "Batman Beyond" cartoon movies and TV series, and worked as a network announcer, commercial producer, and jingle singer for NBC, CBS, and Nick At Nite. He continues to provide copywriting and production services through his award-winning World Creative Supply advertising agency, which specializes in creating product names and ad slogans.
Davis has also worked as a stuntman in a Chris Isaak music video, developed theme park attractions and branding for Walt Disney Imagineering, written jokes for President Bill Clinton, appeared as himself on NBC's "NewsRadio," performed a Stupid Human Trick on the Late Show with David Letterman, and met President Barack Obama at a White House Holiday Party.
Since 2000, Davis has been recording and touring as Las Vegas lounge singer character "Richard Cheese," who croons big-band swing versions of popular rock and rap songs. His "Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine" live swing band has released 20 albums/CDs, played sellout shows all over the U.S. and Europe, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO's "The Leftovers," The Jonathan Ross Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, CNN with Anderson Cooper, Howard Stern, MTV's Say What Karaoke, and in the movies "The LEGO Batman Movie," "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," and "Dawn Of The Dead." The band's most recent CD releases are 2015's "Supermassive Black Tux," "The Lounge Awakens," and "Bakin' At The Boulder."
Through his independent record label Coverage Records, Davis also produced "Johnny Aloha: Lavapalooza," an album featuring Hawaiian-style "tiki music" covers of rock and rap hits, "Mozzapella," an a cappella cover act, and "Phaser Rock: All Fired Up," a comedy album for fans of Star Trek.
Davis's next venture is an autobiography about his showbiz career, "Atlas Lounged: The Music, Martinis, And Madness Behind Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine," which will be published in 2018 (atlaslounged.com). He is also writing books about politics, astrophysics, and mid-century architecture/design, and he is developing a series of photography/art projects.
In his spare time, Davis enjoys hiking, visiting art museums, watching Turner Classic Movies, and playing Scrabble.
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