Mark Angel (born 27 May 1991) is a Nigerian video producer, best known for the Mark Angel Comedy series of shorts, often featuring child comediennes such as his niece, Emmanuella Samuel (age 8 and his sister, Aunty Success (age 5 as of 2019). Angel’s YouTube channel was the first African comedy channel to reach one million subscribers.
Mark Angel was born in 1991 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He attended Obafemi Awolowo University to study medicine, but left for family reasons. After college, he spent time in India gaining experience in cinematography and theater, but could not find stable paying work in Nollywood. He began independent filmmaking in 2013 under the name Mechanic Pictures Angel is best known for Mark Angel Comedy, a series of YouTube comedy shorts that feature a number of people from Angel’s family and neighborhood in Port Harcourt.
Many of the shorts involve clever children, primarily Emmanuella Samuel and Success. Angel’s first well known short is “Oga Landlord,” wherein a man late on rent (Angel) is trying to hide from his landlord (Daddy Humble), and tries in vain to have a child (Emmanuella) cover for him (e.g. “My uncle is not around. He just told me.”). Samuel is Angel’s longest-appearing actress. She has won comedy awards in Nigeria and Australia for her work with Angel, and is Africa’s youngest YouTube award winner. She started film work in school as part of a class video project, prior to being chosen by Angel for his stable of actors. Samuel’s videos can reach up to a million views during the first week after posting.
Mark Angel Comedy received a plaque from YouTube for having reached one million subscriptions in 2017. It was the first Nigerian-based YouTube channel to reach that threshold. In 2018 it was announced that Samuel would be attached to an upcoming Disney feature film.
Angel works mostly with multiple camera formats and close camera angles. Filming sometimes includes shaky camera techniques to give them a natural and down to earth feel, something Angel calls “freestyle comedy.”
Angel primarily films within his family’s lower-class neighborhood in Port Harcourt, as a means to portray the environment he grew up in and relate to other common people in Nigeria.
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