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A little bit on Mike and his plans for the future
Mike Maxwell is a Chicago area comedian, emcee and actor. He’s a four time performer at Gilda’s Laughfest, the largest comedy festival in the world. Mike’s been a regular guest on WLS-890 and WGN-720 AM and was a featured writer for the Tribune’s RedEye newspaper. Although he performs nationally, Mike is a regular at the Chicago Improv and has performed at all the major clubs in Chicago. In May of 2018, Mike was one of three comedians selected to the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. Third Coast Review caught his performance and noted ‘Maxwell is a guy you can’t help but like, and his relatability and charm are immediately obvious in his set.” Since 2014, Mike has earned ‘Best of’ honors from The Bash (formerly Gigmasters), a booking site for corporate and private events. Mike was selected to perform for the NFL/Ford, Twitter, Delta Dental, Charter Communications, Allstate and the Boy Scouts of America, among many more. In 2020, Mike has been booked for national events with Guaranteed Rate on over a dozen occasions. During the COVID restrictions, Mike has performed dozens of private and corporate shows. Outside of stand up comedy, Mike is a writer, producer and performer of several projects. He’s a featured columnist for the site Football Absurdity. The debut of his mock new hire orientation ‘The Anti-Boss’ was at the Chicago Sketchfest and Fringe Festival. Mike’s performing ‘The Anti-Boss’ at the 2018 Laughfest and regularly at The Comedy Shrine. The Chicago Reader called it ‘a nimble, delightfully dispiriting hour.’ In 2018, it was accepted into LaughFest and Crossroads Comedy Festival (scheduling conflict prevented the Crossroads performance). Mike’s movie debut was for the independent movie ‘Burnt Year’ and has been involved with several local commercials and short films.
How Mike Got Started
Mike Maxwell's comedy career started while attending Ripon College. He was waiting for a movie to start, making cracks at the slides before the movie with friends and encouraged to do stand up at the variety show the following month. Mike signed up, bombed the rehearsal but went back to his dorm and wrote an entirely new set and with the help of his roommate he practiced with not one open mic before his debut and full of nerves, tore it up for his friends. Mike went on to Washington D.C. and then back to Chicago and begin training at The Second City (not for stand up). He's been based out of Chicago for several years now.
Mike is currently expanding the script for his one man show "The Anti-Boss" which debuted at The Chicago Fringe Festival. Aside from hitting the road to new states for comedy, Mike is working on his web series which will be on standupsquad.com. The other project in the works is Mike's first crack at a comedy pilot. He's set to write, direct, and likely star in this upcoming pilot for the Chicago Comedy Pilot Contest. He continues to look into opportunities to perform nationally with upcoming comedy festival submissions already in review!
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"Mike tailored his act to our crowd and was great!! The students had a great time and even stayed around to talk with him after he was done. Mike was super-easy to work with and was great for our campus!! I would definitely bring him back! "Jeff Nelson - Dir. Student Activities Lincoln College
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"Mike did a great job for our company Christmas party!!! He mixed well with our group and we would recommend him. Employees were still talking this morning, (Monday) how much they enjoyed him!! Thanks Mike for the great entertainment!!!"Tanya G - Lanman Oil