Mike Wilmot & Rich Hall
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.
The award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades, quick-fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences. Rich, who has won the Perrier Award (Edinburgh Comedy Festival) and Barry Award, (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) has been described as a transatlantic messenger, lampooning each country he visits with his laser-guided observations.
He has fronted the hugely successful BBC Four documentaries Rich Hall’s Red Menace, Rich Hall’s Working for the American Dream, Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You, Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match, Rich Hall’s California Stars, Rich Hall’s You Can Go to Hell, I’m Going to Texas, and Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian.
In addition, he has appeared on BBC One’s QI, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You, he wrote and starred in his own reoccurring BBC Radio 4 show Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown and has penned articles for The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
For TV, Rich has acted in the Peacock’s dystopian thriller Brave New World, ITV2 sitcom Cockroaches, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and lent his voice to characters on CITV’s Thunderbirds Are Go and Cartoon Network’s Elliot from Earth.