Mark Roberts is a renowned playwright, comic and television scribe. In addition to being the creator and executive producer of MIKE & MOLLY, he is the author of several hit plays.
Roberts’ comedy career began at an early age when he worked as a stand-up comedian in Chicago while pursuing a career in acting and writing. After relocating to Los Angeles, Roberts became a regular comedian on “The Tonight Show” and was a series regular on “The Naked Truth” with Tea Leoni. He was also a guest star on television series such as “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “The Practice,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and starred in the feature films “Next of Kin” and “Bulletproof.”
In theater, Roberts has written and produced several hit plays, all of which are marked by his quick wit and comic sensibilities. Such productions include “Welcome to Tolono,” “Whitey,” “Where the Great Ones Run,” “Parasite Drag” and “Rantoul and Die.” Several of his works have been picked up by the Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and published into acting editions.
After writing and starring in the one-act comedy “Couples Counseling Killed Katie,” Robert’s comic spin on eight couples going through therapy turned the production into a sold out, cult phenomenon and showcased his talents to television executive producer Chuck Lorre, who hired Roberts as a writer on the CBS hit comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN. Roberts rose through the ranks to executive producer and head writer, then departed to create MIKE & MOLLY.
This summer, Roberts returns to the stage to star with Jessica Tuck in the Los Angeles revival of “Couples Counseling Killed Katie.” In addition, Rogue Machine and Shakespeare & Company will present renewed productions of his original plays “Where The Great Ones Run” and “Parasite Drag” in Los Angeles and Massachusetts, respectively.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Roberts resides in Los Angeles.