Mike was born with his head between a woman’s legs, took that fact, added beer, and created one of the funniest stand-up acts on both sides of the Atlantic. If you live on the eastern side of the pond and are a fan of Rich Hall’s, you probably saw Mike appear with him on the BBC in Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive, or Rich Hall’s Fishing Show, or flagship stand-up show Live at the Apollo. Or you might have seen him as himself on the BBC in Never Mind the Buzzcocks or 28 Acts in 28 Minutes. On the other side of the Atlantic, Mike was on Canadian TV in Corner Gas, and All the Comforts, and on CMT’s Ron White’s Salute to the Troops.
The above just scratches the surface of this funny man’s comedic depth. You might ask, ‘What do you mean by that?’ And I would answer: ‘He’s got awards. He’s got awards up the whazoo: the Barry Award for Outstanding Stand-up Comic Performance in Australia; the Time Out Award for Best Stand-Up in London, England; the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Film Performance, and he twice received the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up.’
Mike has made numerous film and television appearances over the years, with a showstopping role in It’s All Gone Pete Tong and a cast regular on The Fountain and Flickers.
Add to this all his other Canadian TV appearances – the thousands of times he did his stand-up on nightclub stages, and all the festivals from Melbourne, Australia to Kilkenny, Ireland to Edinburgh, Scotland to Montreal, Canada – and you have one hell of a funny man.
In 2016 Mike made his debut appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the Teenager Cancer Trust gigs, and had a weeklong sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.
‘The highlight was Mike Wilmot, a fast talking stand-up whose close-to-the-bone repertoire leaves the audience in a state of hilarity that most comedians can only dream of’
The Sunday Times
‘Like any fine comedian, he exudes intelligence and sweat in equal measures, Wilmot can give any other stand-up alive lessons in the power of laughter to free us from the shackles of embarrassment’
‘At times raucous, offensive and downright crude, he was nonetheless very, very funny producing belly cackles of genuine mirth throughout… this was a most entertaining experience’