Mark Whitney

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Mark Whitney
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Whitney in 2020
BornEllerton Pratt Whitney III
Rhode Island, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur, podcaster, political satirist, storyteller, comedian, activist Corporation, Late Nite Last Week, "Fool For A Client"
🏛️ Political partyLibertarian
👩 Spouse(s)
Julia Whitney (m. 1981)
👶 Children2
🌐 WebsiteOfficial website

Mark Whitney is an American entrepreneur, podcaster, storyteller, political satirist, and comedian. He is president of and the former host and producer of Late Nite Last Week, a political satire show on Apple Podcasts. Whitney has toured as a one-man show since 2006.[1] His one-man shows include The EDucation of Dianne,[2] and Fool For A Client.[3][4] He has been profiled by writer Robert McKee in Story magazine .[5]


In July, 1991, Whitney was convicted by a jury of making false statements on bank loan applications in connection with a chain of Ben & Jerry's stores he operated in New Hampshire. In December, 1991, he was sentenced to 36 months in Federal prison. Representing himself as an indigent high school graduate in a prison law library, Whitney appealed. In April, 1993, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (now U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Stephen Breyer, declared Whitney's term of imprisonment unconstitutional and ordered his immediate release..[6][7]

Whitney is the founder, owner and CEO of Corporation, a legal research infomediary he founded in 1999.[8][9][10]

He founded and ran the San Diego Comedy Co-op where he produced approximately 500 free shows over three years.[1][3] He performs at Fringe festivals[3][4][7] including Capital Fringe Festival[8] and Minnesota Fringe Festival.[11] Whitney won an award at the San Francisco Comedy Convention for stand-up comedy. He has also received recognition at performance festivals including the D.C. Theatre Festival, the Iowa Theatre Festival, the Boulder International Theatre Festival, the Minnesota Theatre Festival, and the San Francisco Theatre Festival.[1]

Whitney produces the podcast Late Nite Last Week.[12]

Political activism[edit]

In 1996 Whitney ran for Vermont State Senate as the nominee of the Libertarian Party, receiving 2.8% of the vote.[13][14]

In 2012, Whitney filed a lawsuit challenging then-President Barack Obama on the presence of US military personnel in Libya.[15][16] The NATO operation ended before the suit was tried, and thus the court case was dismissed as moot.[15]

From December 20, 2019 to April 24, 2020, Whitney ran in the Libertarian Party primary for President of the United States.[17] He dropped out to endorse the candidacy of Jim Gray.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Libertopia Comedians" (PDF). DGC Magazine. April 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  2. "San Diego Fringe Festival: 'The EDucation Of Dianne' Starring Mark Whitney". Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mark Collins (August 7, 2008). "Fourth annual Fringe Festival brings a variety of performances to Boulder". Daily Camera. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Peter Marks (July 14, 2008). "At Fringe Festival, a Finely Tuned Fury". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  5. "Mark Whitney The Art and Craft of Live Storytelling". Story. Archived from the original on April 25, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. David, Wendy (April 27, 2011). "Jury Dismisses Spam Lawsuit Against Legal Research Company". MediaPost. MediaPost. Retrieved February 22, 2020. In 1991, he was convicted of bank fraud for submitting false documents in connection with a loan application. Whitney served 27 months in prison before launching in 1999.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Goss, Heather (July 14, 2010). "Capital Fringe Review: Fool For A Client". dcist. dcist. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chris Klimek (July 11, 2010). "Fringe Profile: Company Man". Washington City Paper. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  9. "Four legal research companies offer mid-priced options". Wisconsin Law Journal. September 8, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  10. T.R. Halvorson (July 2, 2001). "Features - Reed Elsevier Sues TheLaw.Net Complaining of Unfair Competition". LLRX. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Dominic P. Papatola (July 29, 2008). "Welcome to the Fringe". Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  12. "Home". Late Nite Last Week. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  13. "Vermont Secretary of State Elections Data". Vermont Secretary of State Elections Data. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  14. Bandler, James (October 27, 1996). "Ex-con appeals to voters in Vt. race". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Josh Gerstein (February 27, 2012). "Court rejects another challenge to Obama's Libya operation". Politico. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  16. "Mark WHITNEY, Plaintiff, v. Barack OBAMA, et al., Defendants". United States district court. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  17. "FEC FORM 2 : STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY" (PDF). Retrieved January 14, 2020.

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