Watching Mike Merryfield perform is like listening to a music aficionado’s iPod set to shuffle play. The songs bounce from style to style, yet they somehow seem to fit together.
One minute, Mike is talking about why maybe it isn’t such a good idea for Dale Earnhardt to be God’s driver. The next, he’s sharing the difficulties of trying to look away from girls who wear jogging pants with words written on the backside (they do combine two of his favorite things, after all: butts and reading). It all comes together in a tight, well-crafted act that appeals to all audiences.
Mike has been performing for nearly a decade, and through relentless road work his act has developed to the point where he’s ready to take that next step toward the big time. He’s got the complete package: an impeccable sense of timing, strong character acting and the ability to deliver jokes with multiple punchlines that keep audiences laughing. He delivers jOkes in a friendly, easygoing style that goes down like a great beer on a hot summer day.
Things have steadily been picking up for Mike, and he has been able to showcase his talent in a diverse array of venues. In 2003, he helped Harley-Davidson celebrate a major milestone by being the voice of its 100th Anniversary Reunion Bash, where he also performed. He also has performed from 1998 to 2002 at Summerfest, the world’s largest music and entertainment festival held each year in Milwaukee. In 2004, Mike performed at the Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival and made his debut on XM and Sirius satellite radio. Mike has performed everywhere, from the Caribbean to Korea, Japan and Guam.
In a business where too many performers rely on shtick or the latest political joke du jour to get laughs, Mike Merryfield is refreshingly original. His act never feels fake or forced. By simply being himself, he’s become a comic on the verge of stardom.