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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”.
Mike is widely considered one of New York City’s premier comedians and has built a name to lookout for.
Neil Rubenstein doesn’t do drugs. He’s never had a sip of alcohol. So it may come as a bit of a surprise when the Long Island comedian references past occupations like owning a brothel or running an illegal poker room. It’s a dynamic that makes Neil both incredibly interesting and incredibly funny – something that served him well when his role on a Spike TV show as a gambling expert introduced him to the world of stand-up comedy. Stand up was more than an outlet – it straightened out his life. “I accidentally became a good role model,” Neil Rubenstein says. Neil doesn’t shy away from discussing his former life of crime. Though he credits comedy with in some ways saving his life, his past experiences inform his understanding and his art. They also inform his work ethic. “I can’t just play cards, I had to run a poker room,” Neil says, by way of explanation. It’s an ethic he brings to his comedy: a dedication to doing something to the utmost degree. “I couldn’t just do stand up, I had to quit my job and focus everything on the craft.” His dedication and humor have earned him accolades including runner up in 2017 Long Island Laugh Off and the Main Event of The World Series of Comedy. “Neil’s a burly, tattooed guy who plays against type; kind, cerebral, but still casually mentions past illegal activities the way I might reference a Renaissance Lit course I took in college,” Joe Devito, famous comedian, said about Neil’s show. It’s a show you won’t want to miss.