Monday, September 1, 2008

Press | Mark Baratelli

"But my favorite things about Orlando’s art world in 2009 were two people who expanded my definition of what it means to be an advocate for the arts... Mark Baratelli, even while often living out of town, broadened his indispensable blog, The Daily City, to encompass Meeting of the Minds (MOOM) meet-ups, Taco Truck Taste Tests and the vehicular-venued Mobile Art Show. If everyone in Orlando who claims to care about the arts had 1 percent of Baratelli’s... energy and commitment, this city would be a world culture capital."
Orlando Weekly | 1-6-10

"Mark Baratelli is a man of many talents. Maybe you’ve seen his one-man improvisational cabaret performances, which were a highlight of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival for several seasons. You might have seen his show-saving star turn as King Herod alongside Ted Neeley’s geriatric Jesus in the recent national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Or maybe, like me, you’re one of the readers who rely upon his indispensable arts and events website, where he blogs and tweets on any and everything stewing in Orlando’s cultural cauldron (somehow scooping us even when he’s out of town – how does he do that?)."
Orlando Weekly | 7-9-09

"Back outside on the street, I picked up a poster print by Lure Design at Mark Baratelli’s Mobile Art Show #5... I spent most of last Saturday there, from the Daily City’s live podcast at noon through the..."
Orlando Weekly | 1-27-10

Photo 141
Watermark Orlando | 8-20-09

Spotlight on Mark Baratelli | 8-20-09
Busy Baratelli | Metromix | 8-19-09
Improv comedian Mark Baratelli, the next Oprah? | 8-10-09
Live Active Cultures | 7-9-09

Best Arts Advocate in Orlando 2nd Place | 7-14-10
#36 "101 Things We Are Thankful For" list | 11/10

91.5 WPRK | 12-23-09
91.5 WPRK | 6-24-09
Comedy Festival: Music Off the Cuff | 1-17-07
Improv actor offers comic relief | 4-9-09 | Listen

Other Online Mentions
Orlando Sentinel "Check It Out" feature | 1-21-11
Photo and Video in "Selections" Section | 1-19-11
Broadway Across America Seeks Twitter Users | 11-15-10
Laugh Out Loud at Orlando Improv Festival | Orlando Sentinel 9-17-10
On The Spot Comedy | Orlando Weekly 9-16-10
Web TV Goes Local: Orlando Shoes Are new But Plentiful | 9-5-10
Mark Baratelli and Beth Marshall in Truth or Dare | 9-8-10
Mark Baratelli's photo of "Hell yes" on
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Mark Baratelli in The Charleston City Paper
Mark Baratelli on Metromix Orlando
Mark Baratelli: Baratelli Seeks Coolness

Event Listings
Mark Baratelli Tries Two Hard
Mobile Art Show

Audio Interviews:


Improv Cabaret (solo show)
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"It is what comic improvisation should be. Mark Baratelli is a freakin' comic genius! Go see his show!", 2007

"Singer/ improviser Mark Baratelli and his accompaniest were like a two-person Baby Wants Candy — the Second City group that improvises an entire stage musical — except his was a cabaret act. If you missed it, you missed one of the festival’s best performances."
-Charleston City Paper writer Patrick Sharbaugh, 2007

"Your voice is amazing. Your improv is amazing."
-San Francisco Improv Festival Producer Shaun Landry, 2008

"I continually get comments on what a tremendous performance you put on"
-Santa Cruz Improv Festival Producer Lee Ann Gray, 2008

"Had the audience captivated from the moment Mark hit the stage"
-Dirty South Improv Festival Producer Zach Ward, 2007

"Mark Baratelli's... cabaret set slapped a huge, silly smile on my face."
-Show Showdown Blog

"Mark Baratelli’s mind-boggling improvised songwriting technique insures no two shows will be alike."
-Watermark Magazine 2008

"The songs were good, the singing was very good and the storytelling was fantastic. It's not always what Baratelli says, but the rapid-fire/borderline A.D.D. way he says it, the sideways glance, the dancey pose, the selling it to the back row."
-Orlando Sentinel 2007

"Mark Baratelli has an impressively showy singing voice and a nicely warped imagination"
-Orlando Sentinel 2006

"Everyone's favorite diva"
-Rob Ward 2008

"Finally was able to catch “Improv Cabaret” yesterday and loved it. I laughed out loud a lot, which is something I didn’t even do during TJ Dawe’s amazingly funny show! Really some great songs too, like “Praise God for the Untalented” and two songs about homicide. “Speaking of going nowhere… I moved to Orlando.” Hilarious."
-Brian Feldman, 2006
How Do You Feel? (solo show)
photos | podcast

"To witness Mark Baratelli in person is a completely overwhelming experience." 2008

"Alternately hysterical and uncomfortable, Mark Baratelli's show is at least as entertaining as the art form he ridicules."
-Archikulture Digest (Ink 19) 2008

"Mark Baratelli has devised a swell stage persona."
-Orlando Sentinel 2008
National Tour: Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano
"The versatile Mark Baratelli captures just the right period sound in his nasal, reedy delivery of the Berlin rarity "Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil," and surprises in the second act's "The Girl That I Marry" with a robust Alfred Drake-like baritone." 2008

"Mark Baratelli...was cutecutecutecutecute."
Kevin R Free Blog

"Mark Baratelli is a mime who sings and acts, but mimes best. He is a dancer who moves his voice around, sometimes in one range, sometimes in another. Often he is off-pitch."
-Berkshire Bright Focus
National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar
"And in his one moment of brilliance, Norris has Mark Baratelli play Herod like a fey send-up of the Jewish King, fawned over and fawning, eliciting enough laughter to set up a great contrast with the crucifixion scene."
-Jim Rutter, Edge Philadelphia, Feb 4, 2009

"Special praise must be given to Mark Baratelli’s fabulous comic turn as King Herod. He takes the role to another level with a deliciously timed mix of nonchalance and flamboyance, supported by a group of women from Herod’s household."
-Steven McKnight,, March 19, 2009

"'Herod's Song' always serves as the brief comic relief from the drama, but Mark Baratelli, who performed this version, made it fresh. Baratelli turned Herod into an inebriated diva who delivered little barbs between vocals, such as "move please" as he elbowed his way through his harem between verses."
-Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, March 19, 2009

"Mark Baratelli made Herod’s comical scene the show’s liveliest and most colorful production number..."
-Andrew S. Hughes, South Bend Tribune, Feb 12, 2009

"Another performer of note was Mark Baratelli, who brought to life King Herod in a most interesting and entertaining way. He had the house in hysterics during "King Herod's Song." It was a fresh new twist to the tune and was truly delightful." (If you click through to the review the reviewer uses the name of the actor who played Pilate in this production instead of mine)
-Scott Novak, Niles Daily Star, February 14, 2009

"thinks King Herod stole the show"
-Charles Jensen, @chasjens, Twitter status update, March 18, 2009

"In the touring show, the stand out was Herod, whose role affords him the most latitude in performance. This show's Herod sang a Calypso version of his solo, with four Carmen Miranda-like back up singers. My only reservation is that the actor played Herod as a kind of mincing bitchy queen--and the last thing the gays need right now is to be connected to the crucifixion of Jesus, if you ask me. But he was funny, and he incorporated the most anachronism into his brief moment on stage, combining a divaness with the kind of critcal rancor usually reserved for restaurant reviews and NPR film reviews."
-Charles Jensen, Kinema Poetics, March 19, 2009

"Mark Baratelli's over-the-top Herod was a show-stopper"
-Ancourage Daily News, Dec 10, 2008

"...Mark Baratelli, whose flamboyant King Herod provided the otherwise melodramatic production with some much-needed and well-delivered comic relief."
-Matt Fountain, Mustang Daily, January 7, 2009

"Mark Baratelli stole the only scene he was in as a feminine King Herod."
-Jeff Korbelik, Lincoln Journal Star, January 25, 2009

"But even more offensive than Mark Baratelli's over-the-top swishery is his utter disconnection from the story: This Herod shows no interest in Jesus' miraculous abilities, just in ad libbing and pulling focus to himself. It's a disgraceful performance in an execrable bit of staging."
-Variety, Dec 17, 2008

"And Mark Baratelli’s King Herod, who seemed to be played more to the audience than to Jesus? Oh, dear. His “King Herod’s Song” was zapped of all its sly humor and relevance to the story. One wonders if Baratelli knew what play he was in."
-Arizona Daily Star, Dec 31, 2008

"Only Mark Bartelli disappoints with a strangely uneven rendition of "King Herod's Song.", Brad Hathaway, March 12, 2009

"Although this juxtaposition is the appeal of the show, it was jarring at times, especially the quick back-and-forth between the modern rock ‘n’ roll bits and the more serious religious aspect. This was especially true of musical numbers such as “King Herod’s Song” during the trial of Jesus, where King Herod (Mark Baratelli) is portrayed as something akin to one of the “Queer Eye for a Straight Guy” cast.", Laura McKenzie, Mar 18 2009

Five Course Love, Winter Park Playhouse
"As for Baratelli, he has that appealing desperate air of a clown, whether as an Italian waiter in fear for his life, or a German realizing his dominatrix girlfriend and his secret boyfriend have arrived simultaneously at his restaurant. And he has the most fun with the various cartoon accents employed."
-Orlando Sentinel, Matt Palm, January 21, 2011

"Baratelli, who is known more as an improv guy and a producer, brings angst to his Italian waiter and more than a touch of comic dementia to the German one."
-Elizabeth Maupin | 1-22-11

"Baratelli looks like he’s never seen Gunsmoke..."
-Archikulutre Digest | 1-24-11

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