Walk down any street in America and you will discover people of all ages will stop him to say hello. Whether it’s daytime or nighttime television viewers, many recognize this multi-faceted talent for his wide-ranging contributions to television in a career that has been successful both in front of and behind the camera. Marc is currently hosting the longest running show on Food Network, "Unwrapped", a job he has held for eleven years. He has also hosted "Next Food Network Star", "Ultimate Recipe Showdown", and many specials for the channel. Summers is also Executive Producer of "Dinner: Impossible", "Food Feuds" and "Restaurant: Impossible". Some will remember him as the former Host/Producer of Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” and “What Would You Do?” while others will remember him from his days on ABC’s “Home Show,” where he doubled as both Correspondent and Guest Host. It was during this time that he covered both human interest and hard news stories, featuring segments dealing with everything from the Gulf War to the Branch Davidian stand-off in Waco. Marc also hosts of "Price Is Right Live" and "Family Feud Live" in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and casinos across America.
Whether it is his memorable appearance with Burt Reynolds on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” or guesting twice on "Oprah" and “The Howard Stern Radio Show,” Marc is as engaging a guest as he is a host.
Born in Indianapolis, Marc enjoyed entertaining and dabbling with magic. After graduating college, he wound up in Los Angeles working as a comedian at The Comedy Store and The Improv, later combining his comedy and magic at the famous Magic Castle. It was while serving as a page at CBS that he was given the opportunity to fill-in for an ailing announcer on the game show, “The Joker’s Wild.” His quick wit and charm gained him immediate notice and Summers transitioned into performing audience warm- ups for such hit network shows as “SOAP,” “Alice,” and “Star Search.” It was soon after that Summers’ life would change with the offer to host “Double Dare,” a move that would springboard his career in television.
Summers enjoyed a near decade association with Nickelodeon, including an ongoing role as programming consultant, producer, and director. Hosting “Double Dare” and “What Would You Do?” allowed Summers to do what he does best.
His enthusiasm and ability to make people feel comfortable enough to do anything made both shows instant hits and put the network on the map. At the height of both programs’ popularity, Summers took the show on the road and appeared before sold out crowds in over 100 cities nationwide. His behind-the-camera work includes producing the CBS telefilm, “Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis,” several home videos, and one of the highest rated cable television specials ever, a Halloween program, “Marc Summers’ Mystery Magical Tour,” for which he served as executive producer, host, and writer.
During his five-year stint with ABC’s “Home Show,” PBS was so impressed with his work that they hired him to host “Nova’s 20 Anniversary Special.” He also lent his talents for three years as host of the “Tournament of Roses Parade” for FOX-TV and “Disney’s July 4th Special” from Orlando. After “The Home Show,” Marc began hosting Lifetime’s daily one-hour series, “Our Home,” which guided in-studio and home audiences through fun segments offering practical advice on home improvements, entertainment, fashion, and family vacations. He then followed the success of that show with his own daily talk program, “Biggers and Summers,” specializing in celebrity guests. Other hosting work includes “Majority Rules” for DreamWorks SKG, CNN's "Showbiz Today", filling in as the host of various talk radio shows across the country, as well as creator and executive producer of "The Parent Table" for the Discovery Network.
One of the lucky few not to be pigeon-holed into one area, Marc Summers is thrilled with the many types of programs he has been able to host, produce, create and guest on. “The thing I enjoy most about my career is the variety of things I’ve been able to accomplish,” says Summers, “I wouldn’t change it for the world!” Marc feels that three of his biggest accomplishments were being featured as “Muck Slummers in Mad Magazine, hitting a baseball off Orel Hersheiser in a Dodger Celebrity Game, and flying an F-18 with the world famous Blue Angels.
Marc and his wife are currently bi-coastal, splitting time between Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Their two children are both in "the family business" as well.