Mike Gunn's history is as interesting and entertaining as his comedy. A misspent youth and a series of grim jobs cultivated his cynical outlook on life and a perverse desire led him to the world of stand-up. A self-confessed pessimist, he describes himself as "not a natural choice for a career in laughter"
His lugubrious comedy has been described as 'drier than a dead man's bones'. He has a rare ability to walk close to the line of what audiences find acceptable and yet still remain likable and funny. His reputation for being a bit unfriendly, a touch dark and even sexist is really not true. In real life he's loving, warm and philanthropic. Just a bit misunderstood.
Early in his career Mike was supporting the likes of Jo Brand and Alan Davies. He now headlines at all the top comedy venues in the UK and is rapidly reaching cult status on the circuit. He has performed internationally, taking his talent to Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia and to Australia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where he completed a five-week sell-out season. He also had the dubious honour of being the first comic to ever play in Kuantan, East Malaysia
Television appearances include The Gas (CH4), The Comedy Store (LWT), Live At Jongleurs (CH5), Al Murray's sit-com 'Time Gentlemen Please' and Harry Hill's TV Burp He has also been a regular contributor for The Guardian. He has written for Time Out, The List, The 11 O'clock Show (CH4) and even Match of The Day Magazine.
Mike made his debut solo performance at the Edinburgh Festival where he adopted the character of a funeral director with his show 'Good Grief' and received rave reviews. This year, he returned to the festival with a provocative new show: "Uncut". A departure from stand-up, Mike's latest show documents the true story of his previous triumphant career as a registered heroin addict. See New Show Page.
"Piercingly funny…Fiendishly funny as dry as a dead mans bones" - The List
"Mike Gunn will make you die laughing" - The Guardian
"One of the 10 leading stand-ups in Britain"- Independent on Sunday
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