Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Mark Viera became fascinated with comedy very early on. While Mark’s mom spent countless hours as a social worker to provide for her family, Mark and his older brother would pass the time watching the popular TV shows of the 70’s and 80’s. He became so engaged in the performances of his favorite comic personalities, it didn’t take long before he began to emulate the characters he came to love. On any given night, he would entertain his family with remarkably accurate portrayals from shows like “Carol Burnett”, “Sanford and Son”, and “Three’s Company”.
As his career flourished, Mark personalized his artistic passion and parlayed it into one of his greatest labors of love: A one-hour Showtime special aptly entitled “Tales of a Nuyorican.” The show, an homage to his upbringing and hilarious life experiences, became an instant classic. With the success of Nuyorican, and a sold-out tour with singer Marc Anthony, he firmly established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Mark, a devoted family man with an altruistic nature, seized the opportunity to give back by first performing on a comedy special, “Stand Up For Family”, for American Family Insurance. “Stand Up For Family”, hosted by good friend and fellow comic Bill Bellamy, became a benchmark for family friendly entertainment. Shows like the “Make a Wish Foundation” and the “VIP Drug Rehabilitation Centers” in his native Bronx, as well as several command performances for our U.S. military overseas, accent his philanthropic efforts.