Hudson -- A resident and comedy variety entertainer recently was on the "Late Show with David Letterman" with the host mentioning Hudson several times.
Mark Angelo and his wife, Marlo appeared on the David Letterman show Oct. 3 after taping the segment earlier in the day for the "Stupid Human Trick" segment.
Mark and Marlo played ping pong without a table by Mark spitting the ball out of his mouth as Marlo hit it back with a paddle.
Letterman had a good time poking fun at the couple, recognizing them as the first husband and wife to work together as a "team of stupid humans," and they took it all in stride.
"All the way from Hudson, Ohio, Mark and Marlo Angelo," Letterman introduced. "I'm intrigued by Hudson, Ohio. Where is Hudson?"
"Exactly half way between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio," Mark said.
"Is that a good place to be?" Letterman asked.
Marlo described Hudson as a wonderful place to be and very beautiful, but when Letterman asked if the city was named for Henry Hudson, the explorer, he stumped them.
Probably because Hudson was named for David Hudson and the explorer was Lincoln Ellsworth, son of James Ellsworth, who modernized the downtown and built the clocktower.
"We don't know that much about our hometown," Mark said.
Residents since 2005, Mark said he recalled the Hudson High School team was called the Explorers after getting off stage.
"That was pretty embarrassing," Marlo said. "But you can't out fun Letterman."
Mark and Marlo, who have been married eight years, mentioned their Yorkshire terrior, Mimzy, who is a new addition to the act. Mimzy did not appear on the Letterman show, but he said hello to her.
Letterman asked about their act.
"We're going to play ping pong but without a table," Mark said.
"Wait until the Chinese see this." Letterman said to the audience. "Mark Angelo and his wife, Marlo, all the way from Hudson, Ohio, playing ping pong without a table."
After watching them play their version of ping pong, Letterman remarked, "Wow. Very impressive. How long have you been doing that?" he asked.
"About 10 years," Marlo said.
Letterman turned to the audience. "Answering the question, 'Is there much to do in Hudson, Ohio?'"
The couple began the work to appear on the David Letterman show by submitting a video but left on a cruise ship job Aug. 31, before they received the news they had been chosen.
"They flew us in to New York for a couple of days to do the show," Marlo said.
But they weren't guaranteed to appear on the show, yet. There were five other acts competing for three "Stupid Human Trick" spots, Marlo said.
All six acts performed around 1:30 p.m. and the producers picked the three tricks, which were taped at 3 p.m., she said.
"We went to hair and makeup and did our trick live," Marlo said.
Although Mark and Marlo do the trick often, there is an occasional mishap. They were told Letterman would prompt them to do it again if something went wrong, but they didn't have any mistakes.
Mark said he stayed focused on what they were going to do the short time on stage, and it moved quickly.
"I was nervous but didn't have time to think about it," Mark said.
"Normally we go a little longer with the trick but better safe than sorry," Marlo added.
After the show, they called friends and family to let them know they would be on the show that night. They had dinner in New York City and flew to Puerto Rico to rejoin their cruise ship.
"This is definitely the biggest show we've been on," Marlo said. "We were mentioned on national television."
Everyone has been excited for their success, even other performers, and the Letterman show is a good addition to their resume, Mark said.
"There's no one above Letterman," Mark said. "He's been doing it [his show] for 30 years, and it has the most prestige."
The "stupid human trick" category wasn't an insult to them.
"We call ourselves a comedy variety show," Marlo said. "Anything to get laughs makes us happy."
Their act is about entertaining an audience with unusual tricks. In September 2012 Mark broke a Guinness World Record in the field of juggling at the Rubber City Jugglers weekly meeting in Akron.
Angelo juggled two ping-pong balls using nothing but his mouth for a total of 212 spits and catches in 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
After the cruise ship job, Mark and Marlo will do some variety shows on land, which he was busy marketing between performing, practicing and working on new tricks.
For more information, go to www.comedyinhd.com.
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