Mike has been in the Entertainment Business for 39 years, He grew up in and still live in Rhyl North Wales, “Sunny Rhyl with the best beach in Wales”
Mike started out as a entertainment assistant in 1976 working on a holiday parks in North Wales, doing everything! calling bingo, running sports events, dj at the discos, and helping with the shows.
In the early 1980’s Mike teamed up with my pal Robbie Palmer and created a comedy duo and called ourselves Cream & Crackers and later on we expanded into a 4/5 piece comedy band called Ava-laff
1986 Mike decided to go it alone as a comedian and played venues all over from Pubs, Halls, Hotels, Holiday Parks, Theatre’s, and the tuff workingmen’s clubs.
1987 Mike had my first Television on Central Televisions “New Faces”
Sky TV was next, and then in 1992 I had a shot at Granada TV,s The Comedians, followed by Des o Connors Pot Of Gold in 1993, then Classy Acts for ITV1 Wales, and a night out with Owen Money recorded at the Springfield hotel here in North Wales.
In between Mike was still doing the Clubs, Cabaret evenings, Warner’s Hotel’s, Shearing’s Hotel’s, Haven Holidays, First Leisure, Butlin’s Hotels, Bourne Leisure, Even the odd Grosvenor House hotel, Park Lane London.
After dinner speaking for sportsman’s evenings, Variety club dinners, Rotary dinners, Golfing Events, Award ceremonies, and a couple of Summer shows at the Prince of Wales Theatre Colwyn Bay, and not forgetting corporate events.
In 1996 Mike moved into radio and loved it, 6 shows a week was a shock to the system at first and having to get up at 4.30 in the morning! but now with well over 1000 radio shows behind me and 4 radio stations, I’m so glad Mike gave it a go.
Mike has also worked with and interviewed so many talented entertainers like the Fortunes, The Supremes, the Marmalade, Showaddywaddy, The Mersybeats, The Nolan’s, The Black Abbots, Joe Longthorne, Marti Caine, Des o Connor, Ricky Tomlinson, Stan Boardman, Norman Collier, George Roper, Mick Miller, Bernard Manning, Johnny Casson, Jim Bowen, Terry Wogan, Andrew Armstrong. Sportsman’s evenings with Chris Coleman, Dickie Bird, Phil Thompson, John H Stracey, Norman Hunter etc.
Comedy has changed so much since Mike started, and he had to re-invent myself more than once, Mike grew up watching my hero’s such as Ken Dodd, Les Dawson, Morecambe and Wise, all clean and very funny, and they inspired me to try to be the same, and 40 years later Mike`s still trying!