Dan Marse-Kapr was born with part of his face missing, and since then he’s only gotten funnier. A cleft palate survivor, he was known to childhood friends as “the boy who can drink through his nose.” He grew up in rural, small-town New York, and became interested in stand-up comedy at an early age. Although he was years away from becoming a live performer, he found many early opportunities to develop his comedy writing skills through personal film projects and other collaborative efforts.
In college he helped create a semi-comedic radio show called The Dan, Dan, and Mordecai Show, where he and his friend Dan were joined by a fictional third host named Mordecai, a mysterious DJ whose voice was never heard, which the other hosts attributed to a faulty microphone. The show lasted for two years, and regularly received phone calls from hecklers. After college, the two Dans co-wrote and recorded a satirical movie commentary for the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Eraser, which became the featured submission on Rifftrax.com in March 2014, and ranked at #24 of Rifftrax’s Top 50 “iRiffs.” (They even received fan mail!)
Dan spent years working a variety of jobs: He ran youth programs, organized court files, and hassled senior citizens to make payments on their timeshares. He even spent one summer chasing bears away from campers (seriously!). Then one day, while handling urine samples for carnival employees, he thought to himself, “Now that I’ve achieved all my dreams, how can I give something back to the world?” Soon after that, he became a stand-up comedian.
Since then, Dan has performed in clubs and festivals all over the country and has headlined shows in Baltimore, DC, and New York City. He has been featured in the “Best of the Fest” lineup at the Burbank Comedy Festival in Los Angeles, and won the 2017 Herron Entertainment Spring Comedy Contest at Eastville Comedy Club. In 2016 he was a finalist in the New Comedian of the Year Competition hosted by Magooby's Joke House.
People frequently describe Dan's material as smart, fun, and original. He brings an amusing, laid back energy to the stage. He has a dry wit, a unique sense of humor, and a fast joke-telling pace that audiences love. Inspired by comics like Steven Wright and Mitch Hedberg, he specializes in short jokes and one-liners with an absurdist edge. His comedy covers a wide variety of topics, including aquarium memberships, fruit bat documentaries, and the historical origins of garden gnomes.
Dan's distinctive brand of comedy is a consistent crowd-pleaser, whether the audience is big or small. Those who see him perform are guaranteed a memorable, bear-free experience.