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Mark Lundholm

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, we sit down with the hilariously insightful and widely known recovery comedian, Mark Lundholm. Known for his unique blend of humor and mental health advocacy, Mark shares insights from his life’s journey—from dysfunctional beginnings to becoming one of just three people in the country who do what he does (and arguably doing it best). With anecdotes that range from humorous to profound, he reflects on personal growth through experiences and his unique perspective on life. Now, he’s sharing the tools he uses to captivate, entertain, and educate audiences around the world.

Whether you’re looking for laughs or life lessons—or ideally both—this episode promises plenty of each, courtesy of one of the most distinctive voices in stand-up today. Tune in now!

This episode is sponsored by:

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In this Episode:

  • Discover shared interests between Gary and Mark bond over their mutual love for cigars and a specific shop they unknowingly frequented together.
  •  Learn about Mark’s unique niche that combines humor with mental health advocacy. As one of only a few in his field, he shares insights on using comedy as a platform to educate and enlighten.
  • Reflect on how age brings experience over energy, particularly in comedy. With years spent touring different countries and all 50 states multiple times, hear about what longevity has taught him.
  • Explore Mark’s language fluency across audiences: From inmates to politicians, Mark prides himself on speaking ‘all languages’ due to performing for diverse groups.
  • Dive into personal stories from Mark and Gary that reveal their youthful misadventures and learning curves.
  • Discover how growing up in Oakland during turbulent times shaped much of his perspective on making mistakes—and learning from them collectively rather than individually.
  • Stories about playing golf—including an enlightening moment with an older golfer—Mark draws parallels between sportsmanship, business ethics, integrity, and personal improvement.

Quotations:

“If you’re young, you’ve got a ton of energy for something. When you get old, you’ve got a ton of experience for something.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Golf and lovemaking are a metaphor for everything in life.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“You can’t hide for 18 holes. You finish 18 holes, you know whether you would ever play with that person again, do business with them, introduce them to your family, tell them anything intimate. So it’s a very, very good finding out.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“If I do really well, then I’ll put pressure on myself.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“I’m not afraid to fail and failure is really mental anyway.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“And so the road will tell you who you are, who you’re not, and who you are today.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Comedy has a fine edge to it where you know too much you cut something; it’s like a scalpel too much you cut somebody deep just the right amount you cut just deep enough to get them to do their work.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“I am disappointed if I don’t do as well as I could have, would have, should have because this is what I do for a profession. So if I don’t do well, I know now. If I’m an eight on a 10 scale, I’m okay. Anything less than an eight on a 10, I feel like I should give some of the money back.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Anger is a human emotion. Anger is one of the greatest tools I have because I’ve discovered that anger becomes a passion to change something.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“So dysfunctional can mean I wasn’t informed very well. Turns out misinformed sometimes leads to mistreatment.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“So the simple twist is trauma is a teacher or it’s a perpetrator. Sometimes a perpetrator starts out as a teacher.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“If what you don’t forgive, you will become.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“People are real insecure when it comes to you doing their job too. So what I learned from that is I could forgive them and say, well, okay, or I can become them and beat the crap out of the next person I work with.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“So know your place. And I don’t mean that in a demeaning way, but I know my place. I’m very happy with my little niche corner of the comedy market. Nobody does what I do better than me, but nobody else is me. I’m the only one of me that’s ever gonna be in this universe just like you. And people are listening. There’s never gonna be another you in this universe.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Funny and smart, they were like two bullets in a gun that only had two chambers for bullets, you know, boom, and I’m done.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“High IQ equals more failure for some of us because I’m going to rely on my intelligence instead of my experience or my ears. Smart people don’t listen as, as well as we should.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Trauma is a teacher, disappointment is a teacher, poor example is a teacher.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“When the truth shows up, the excuses disappear. When the truth shows up, the denial is lessened because if enough people are telling you something, it’s probably got a relative amount of truth to it.” ~ Mark Lundholm

Bio:

Mark Lundholm is a comedian, author, mentor, sponsor, father, and ex-husband. He has been performing stand-up comedy focused on the challenges, struggles, and experiences of those struggling with addiction for more than 30 years.

Soon after attaining sobriety, Mark began professionally entertaining others with his irreverent and spot-on humor about life, relationships, perceptions, and challenges as someone who grew up in a dysfunctional, traumatic home environment. Before long, his popular comedy performances created national and international demand, and Mark continued to grow his audience. As of 2019, Mark has performed in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries and has presented his stand-up comedy for Presidents and other heads of state, world-renowned musicians, and Fortune 500 companies, from audiences of less than a dozen to more than 20,000 people.

In addition to his work in stand-up comedy, Mark has written and performed his own one-man show off-Broadway, achieving critical acclaim from the New York Times and Chicago Sun Times among many others, and has also appeared on Comedy Central, A&E, CBS, and NBC.

From the beginning, Mark performed his stand-up comedy in jails and prisons, addiction treatment centers, homeless shelters, and recovery conferences, and this work helped to cultivate his capacity for working with individuals in early recovery. This work eventually evolved into day-long workshops at leading addiction treatment centers, where Mark works with groups in early recovery, ranging in size from a dozen up to more than a hundred clients in early recovery. Mark’s skill at reading and working with the audience has enabled him to help clients identify and hone in on challenges that prevent individuals from achieving their goals, and work to overcome those challenges to long-term recovery.

More recently, Mark continues to perform stand-up comedy at theaters, clubs, and special events worldwide, while also developing materials for professionals. These tools are designed to assist in using humor to enhance recovery and enable counselors and therapists to more effectively reach their clients and help them to attain and maintain long-term sobriety and recovery. Whether it is his clinical stand-up comedy products (“Humor in Treatment, the 90-minute clinical comedy series that has sold over 5,000 copies, or “Family in Treatment”, the six-hour video set of interventions, interactions, psychoeducation, and tools to help families and primary clients more effectively understand each other), his clinical products for professionals (“Recovery 101”, a comprehensive curriculum utilizing humor to address the common underlying issues contributing to addiction; “Recovery Bingo”, a clinical game that fosters understanding and openness; “Doing Good Group”, a video and written guide to more effective group facilitation strategies, injected with humor), or his practical psychoeducational tools (the forthcoming “Shortcuts”), Mark possess a rare gift for identifying challenging issues, helping others to see them and to learn effective strategies for improving their lives and achieving long-term sobriety and recovery.

Guest Contact Info:

Website: https://marklundholm.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marklundholm/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marklundholm/

X: https://twitter.com/marklundholm