The Assignment Agency and Oak View Point Films announced today that Dayton, Ohio’s Mark Gregory took the top spot this weekend in the Final Round of the 2015 Search For The One (SFTO) Stand Up Comedy Talent Search. The last round of the 6 round, 6 city, national search – took place this past weekend in Orlando at River Of Life Christian Center. Gregory came in first place on both the audience and the “Industry” judges ballots. Says Talent Agent and Co-creator Eunissa Warnock, “The talent was tight in the final round, but Mark simply had the best set of the night.” Gregory is the nephew of legendary comedian and activist, Dick Gregory.
As the SFTO 2015 winner, Gregory will receive his very own standup comedy special shooting June 26th in Jacksonville, FL at Impact Church Jacksonville – under the leadership of Bishop George & Pastor April Davis. Additionally, Gregory will be added to the 2015 Rebirth of Comedy (ROC) Tour. He will be added to the Talent Roster of The Assignment Agency – specializing in booking and management of Christian and Clean Comedians. Along with the official SFTO Award, Gregory will receive a custom made SFTO comedy stool – hand painted by fellow comedian and artist, Mike Washington. Says Akintunde, “The stool is standard comedy equipment, and to have one beautifully hand-crafted, by a fellow clean comedian, is off the charts.”
Gregory will join 2012 SFTO Winner, Nakita B, 2011 first runner up, Marc Henderson, and Rebirth of Comedy Tour mainstay, Mike Goodwin, to film their very own specials under “The Rebirth of Comedy Presents” standup comedy television “Specials” and home video series. The Rebirth of Comedy brand is the fastest growing brand in comedy. ROC tour dates regularly draw hundreds and thousands into churches and venues annually. The ROC video series saw the “Akintunde Live: The Whole Truth” (No Joke/Arrow-Ent/E-One) TV Special picked up by BET Networks, and was released into national online and retail outlets in 2014. This summer, the standup film, “The Rebirth of Comedy presents The Heavy Hitters” will be released to television, streaming, retail and online outlets.