Mark Malkoff on work ethic and workflows – BTTDL005



Mark Malkoff is a comedian, writer, and filmmaker who formerly worked for Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

His most famous exploits are:

  • Visited all 171 Starbucks franchises in Manhattan in a single day.
  • Moved into an IKEA store in Paramus, New Jersey for a week as his apartment was fumigated.
  • Lived on an AirTran jet for 30 days in order to conquer his fear of flying. After completing this endeavor, he broke the Guinness World Record for most flights taken in a 30-day period with 135 flight segments.
  • Traveled for four weeks in a Ford Fusion Hybrid around the country seeing how many U.S. mayors he could get to present him their key to the city.
  • Was physically carried 9.4 miles in Manhattan by 155 individuals.
  • Raced a crosstown Manhattan bus while riding a Big Wheel tricycle to point out how slow the busses in New York are.
  • Tried to be thrown out of a Manhattan Apple Store, including having a pizza delivered, bringing in a band to play live music, bring in a pet goat, and trying to have a quiet candle-lit dinner with his wife.
  • Tested the limits of Netflix by watching as many movies as he could in one month. During the month, he watched 252 movies from opening to ending credits. For being the heaviest Netflix user that month, Malkoff was invited to Netflix Headquarters where he met Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.

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  • Christopher Battles

    Thank you Erik and Mark.
    You just added to my to do list with all these videos that I really want to watch now.
    I had not heard of @MMalkoff until now and I am glad I now know of him.  I listened twice just to hear the crazy antics of stepping outside of the normal.  Staying grounded with wife(family) and with God is what I really pulled from this.
    Gracias again.
    K, bye

  • HomeFitnessGeek

    I like the word “exploits.” These days, it makes Mark sound like a hacker! I’ve been a fan since I heard about Mark living in Ikea, maybe from his wife Christine (also a longtime friend online, whom I’ve met in person).
    Mark is an example that achieving your passion requires focus in your “spare time.” He talked about what it was like developing his early projects while he had a full-time “regular job.” I like his breakdown of the effort and rewards: 80% work, 10% joy, 10% recognition, or something like that. There’s a perception that these elaborate projects are all fun, filmed spontaneously, and easier than a “real job.”  Apparently, there’s a lot of project management involved. (Note to Mark: Hire one of those project managers.)Listening to Mark helped me realize that I have a blog project of my own which can benefit from some focused attention, will highlight the achievements of others (as he said he likes to do), and for me at least, it’s in the category “Can I get it all done?” Thanks Mark and Erik for some much-needed inspiration!P.S. Mark, when one of your projects comes to Long Island, I am ALL IN! 

  • DanielJLewis

    This was fantastic and I’m looking forward to Christine’s interview! Since I went self-employed, I struggle with balance in my marriage and Mark’s thoughts were helpful!