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Mark Sampson- Top South African Comedian - Comedy about race

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Published on Apr 29, 2008

Missing Links
While this is a very funny show, it also imparts a very profound message. Mark Sampson has a white daughter and a black son. As he jokes about the evolution of man paralleling his own evolution as a father, and shares his feelings for both his children, we come to understand how we are truly one giant human family, descended from one great mother, African Eve.

Whether you need to raise diversity awareness, a team building exercise, or just plain end-of-year entertainment guaranteed to please everyone, this is the show for you.

Missing Links -- Diversity management through comedy
As Sampson muses upon the history of our species and his love for his adopted Xhosa baby, he reveals scientific facts such as how any two humans are more closely related than any two chimps, and that the furthest anyone on the planet is related to another is 52nd cousin. By reflecting on how we have far more in common than we have apart, Sampson brings the message of the power of diversity home to the audience: we must celebrate difference -- this is what has allowed humanity to survive, together, for over 6 billion years...

"Missing Links was hilarious, but I was also moved to tears when I saw it at the Liberty Theatre, and I knew right away I wanted all my store managers to experience it too. When he performed at our Gauteng office, Mark Sampson put the message of the power of diversity across so effectively, and entertainingly, the whole staff roared with laughter and left feeling united and inspired."
Raziya Girie, Organisational Management Deputy Director, Pick'n'Pay

"Mark Sampson has succeeded in creating a routine that was simultaneously scientific, factual, interesting, new, challenging, humourous, but above all focussed on showing the human race that there was no harm in admitting its frailties, and enjoying its unity whilst rejoicing in its eccentricity."
Richard Pantcheff, Chief Risk Officer, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd.
November 2009

"A sidesplitting ride down evolution lane...When Professor Phillip Tobias is in the audience and gets a special thank you for his contribution, you know this is no ordinary stand-up show...a highly entertaining allegory between our ancestral history and its contemporary realities...the pale blonde man with the elastic body, caveman hair and electric wit unpicks race and gender... certainly knows how to tickle his audience's funny bones and jumpstart their braincells. Mark Sampson is like-able, even loveable, and man oh (evolved) man, is he irresistibly funny."
Adrienne Sichel, The Star

"Mark Sampson gave a stirring performance at the first FIFA 2010 Conference to be held in South Africa. LOC members, World Cup sponsors, politicians and other VIP guests were all delighted with his hilarious act that introduced the international delegates to innate and quirky 'South Africanisms'. Sampson's highly-charged comic style brought a refreshing energy to this momentous occasion, and will not be easily forgotten!"
Caryn Petersen, Interactive Africa, FIFA conference organiser
"I have never laughed so much in my life...Mark is an entertainer of note and has the ability to play with his audience and make them ask for more."
Alan Frits, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, BestMed

"laugh-till-you-cry one-man show by Mark Sampson, who must be the funniest stand-up comedian in South Africa by some distance."
The Star 2007

"Highly literate and extremely funny... an innovative premise and an epic feel...stand-up at its very best."
Cape Times 2006

"Side-splitting... no ordinary stand-up show...electric wit... irresistibly funny."
The Star 2006

"Unmissable show of razor wit and wisdom."
Cue 2005

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