Mark Jonathan Davis
is a writer, actor, and producer. He was born in New York,
raised in Arizona, and has lived and worked in Southern California
since 1990. He has over 25 years of experience working as a
writer, performer, and consultant in entertainment,
advertising/marketing, and politics.
Davis began his professional career in radio in the early 1980's,
working at legendary stations like KZZP and Pirate Radio. In
1990, he moved to Los Angeles to manage the Premiere Radio Comedy
Networks, where he produced parody songs including "The Star Wars
Cantina," "Jeannie's Diner," and "Rice Rice Baby." Beginning
in 1992, Davis joined the KROQ Kevin & Bean morning show in L.A.,
performing characters such as Paul The 55-Year-Old Intern,
Shakespeare Man, Lt. Sulu, and Bob Hope.
Also in the 1990's, Davis performed voices for Warner Brothers'
Superman/Batman cartoon movies and TV series, and worked as an
award-winning commercial producer, announcer, and jingle singer for
NBC, CBS, and Nick At Nite. He currently runs World Creative Supply,
an advertising agency that specializes in creating product names and
Davis has also worked as a stuntman in a Chris Isaak video,
developed theme park attractions for Walt Disney Imagineering,
written jokes for President Bill Clinton, appeared as himself on
NBC's "NewsRadio," performed a Stupid Human Trick on the Late Show
with David Letterman, and met President Barack Obama at a White
House Holiday Party.
Since 2000, Davis has been recording and touring as Las Vegas lounge
singer character "Richard Cheese," who croons big-band swing
versions of popular rock and rap songs. His "Richard Cheese & Lounge
Against The Machine" swing band has released fourteen CDs, played
sellout shows all over the United States and Europe, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live,
The Jonathan Ross Show, Last Call with Carson
Daly, CNN with Anderson Cooper, MTV's Say What Karaoke, and in the
movie Dawn Of The Dead. The band's most recent CD releases are
In Black Tie" and a 2013 holiday CD "Cocktails With Santa,"
and four more albums are due in 2015/2016.
Davis also produced "Johnny Aloha: Lavapalooza," an album featuring
retro Hawaiian tiki music versions of rock and rap hits,
"Mozzapella," an a cappella cover act, and "Phaser
Rock: All Fired Up," a comedy album for fans of Star Trek.
His next venture is North Pacific Media, a publishing service which
releases and promotes eBooks for artists, photographers, and
writers. Davis's first eBook is "WORDS+PICTURES," a collection
of quotations and photographs, released in December 2013. Next
will be an autobiography about Davis's showbiz career, "Atlas
Lounged: The Music, Martinis, And Madness Behind Richard Cheese &
Lounge Against The Machine," which will be published in 2016.
In his spare time, Davis enjoys visiting art museums, watching
Turner Classic Movies, and playing Scrabble.