Mike Yard, began his comedy career at the uptown comedy club in Harlem. ” I kept going to comedy clubs and open mic nights, watching comics do their sets. I was itching to hit the stage. The problem was that every time I would try to psyche myself up to get on stage, I would get sick to my stomach! One day, I just decided to go for it and my goal was simply not to get booed off stage — and I wasn’t!”. Fast forward to over a decade later, Mike Yard has become one of the hottest comedians touring the country today.
Mike was honored to be named one of Comedy’s most thought provoking comedians at The Black Comedy Awards, and he is also a proud winner of Comedy Central’s “Get Up, Stand Up” Comedy Competition.
When not on stage, making new friends at well-known venues like The Improv, Caroline’s, The Comedy Store, Rascal’s, Stand Up NY, The Laugh House or The Mohegan Sun. Mike likes to flex his writing muscles, he had a chance to do so as a writer and voice talent on an animated pilot for Spike TV’s “The Big Head People”.
Mike enjoys writing screenplays and aspires to direct and star in one of his works. In addition to his writing, Mike is rapidly becoming well known for his ability to morph into anyone right before your eyes. His repertoire of voices includes dialects from The Caribbean, Africa, India, Ireland, England and many more exotic lands. He has a knack for making his audiences see, hear and feel his comedy.
Mike is quickly becoming a familiar face on television, with appearances on The Apollo Comedy Hour, Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam(All Star Edition), BET’s ComicView (1998-2002), Video Vixens on MTV, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy, and most recently ABC’s “What Would You Do”.