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 morose 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 sellout season. He also had the dubious honour of being the first comic to ever play in Kuantan, East Malaysia and recently entertained the troops in the Falkland Islands. Mike has regularly performed at the Edinburgh Festival in his own show which was given critical acclaim.
Television appearances include The Gas (CH4), The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Live At Jongleurs (CH5), Al Murray’s sit-com ‘Time Gentlemen Please’ and Harry Hill’s TV Burp. He is a regular on the Sky Poker channel. He has also been a 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, New Show Page, The List
“Piercingly funny…Fiendishly funny as dry as a dead man’s bones”
“Mike Gunn will make you die laughing” Independent on Sunday