Mark Vigeant gets technical in his one-man show, Let’s Make a Website

Improv 2.0, calls itself “a platform for change.” Some of its recent projects include a petition to make banana costumes less expensive. There’s, which claims that it’s perfect “for blue-collar folks,” and offers services like laugh-hole repair. And then there’s, which, in true patriotic fervor, wants to “Make Comedy Great Again.”

These are the websites comedian Mark Vigeant has created in his onstage show, aptly titled, Let’s Make a Website. The Cornell grad is, in fact, someone who can make a website, having graduated with a degree in information science.

“It doesn’t sound like it’d be visually stimulating, it’s me at a desk with a projector,” says Vigeant of his show, which has seen a successful run at NYC’s Upright Citizens Brigade. But he promises the production is livelier than just watching a computer programmer tap away at his keyboard. “I’m talking to the audience, there’s a lot happening — usally on the screen.”

You get a taste for Vigeant’s website-humor when perusing his canon of past projects. Each site mimics the form it mocks — think corny colorblock formatting for and a streaming Twitter feed on “I wanted to be a comedian,” says Vigeant. “But my parents wanted me to be an engineer.” Taking that age-old dilemma and rolling with it, Vigeant studied engineering at Cornell, but also participated in improv groups. “I think I spent as much time working on comedy in college as I did on my major,” he says.

Vigeant is currently fun-employed, after a couple years working at a mid-level software company, followed by a gig making content videos for, a comedy news site. “I’m making the most out of my unemployment,” says Vigeant. “My goal is to never have to program for money again.”

That is, of course, excluding the programming he does onstage. While Vigeant doesn’t want to give too much away — as he says, “it’s a bit of a magic trick” — he does say that his role as the website-creator has him embodying a cartoonish engineer character. “It’s a combo of everyone I worked with at the software company and who I would be if I weren’t a comedian,” he says.

Vigeant has a lot of flexibility in the kind of guy he portrays — in a one man show, he’s calling the shots. “I’m happy to work in isolation. I’m used to working in groups, where every line is argued about,” he says. “Sometimes you have a really strong vision.” And that vision seems to be working so far.”It’s extremely high-energy,” says Vigeant. “It’s just a comedy show that happens to have a computer. One of my friends described it as,’exhausting, but in a great way.'”

Support the Charleston City Paper

We’ve been covering Charleston since 1997 and plan to be here with the latest and Best of Charleston for many years to come. In a time where local journalism is struggling, the City Paper is investing in the future of Charleston as a place where diverse, engaging views can flourish. We can't do it without our readers. If you'd like to support local, independent journalism:



Delirium’s exhilarating, life-affirming ride will make you gasp (and laugh)

Kelly Rae Smith

World-class performer and Piccolo veteran Martin Dockery is back at Theatre 99 this year, bringing with him his trademark penchant for masterful storytelling.


Before You Go: New cranes in N. Charleston; Positive rate tops 15%

South Carolina health officials reported 636 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday and 32 additional confirmed deaths.

Marcus Amaker, Charlton Singleton talk justice in music in new series

Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton of Gullah band Ranky Tanky will release the first three episodes of their new series “Raising the Volume” on Oct. 28.

More than 1 million SC voters have already cast ballots

South Carolina is approaching half the total record turnout it saw in 2016 from absentee ballots alone with a little less than a week until the polls close for good. In total, nearly a third of registered voters in the state have already cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election. In 2016, 2.1 million votes […]

10/28 COVID-19 update: 15.5% positive, 636 cases; 32 deaths

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 636 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with 32 additional confirmed deaths. With 4,096 tests on Wednesday, 15.5 percent came back positive. As of 1:48 p.m. Oct. 28, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:Confirmed cases in S.C.:  165,477 (+636)Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 16,676 (+27)Negative tests in S.C.: 1,695,189Deaths in S.C. […]