Mike Bullard Radio & TV Personality
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Mike Bullard Bio
Mike Bullard accomplished something no other Canadian had before: hosted Canada’s first truly successful nightly talk show. Running for six unprecedented seasons, “Open Mike” (1997), was one of the longest running late-night talk shows in North America. The Gemini award-winning series was the most-watched late-night talk show in Canada’s largest market, comparable in popularity and success to late-night heavyweights Letterman and Leno.
Open Mike Show Awards
1999 – Gemini best talk information series
2000 – Hugo award (gold medal) Chicago International Television festival
2001 – Gemini Best music variety program series
One of Canada’s most recognized celebrities, Mike Bullard is a multi- disciplinary comic who has published a book, Open Book: Little Thoughts from a Big Head (Doubleday), and has also recorded a CD, “Stick 2 Comedy” (BMG). Recognized as “Favourite Talk Show Host” by the readers of TV Guide, Mike Bullard has come a long way from the grind of Canada’s comedy club circuit, where for over a decade he cultivated a reputation as one of the quickest and cleverest club wits in the country. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Bullard worked full-time at other occupations while simultaneously pursuing his comedy career, playing over 1400 gigs in his spare time. Indeed, it was only weeks before “Open Mike” launched in the fall of 1997 that Bullard quit his day job at management job at one of the nation’s biggest corporations.
“Open Mike” debuted quietly in November of 1997 on The Comedy Network and went on to be picked up by the conventional CTV network in 1998. Appearing on both networks, Bullard’s razor sharp, often self-deprecating humour, insightful jabs at the human condition and his ability to engage in unscripted banter with audience members made Open Mike a favourite with television viewers and in 2002 he was voted one of the top 10 Funniest Canadians in a nationwide poll.
The series gradually achieved status as a key component of the entertainment scene in Canada. Often credited with fostering a Canadian star system, the show has featured a mix of celebrity guests from the worlds of film, television, stage, sports, music and politics on both sides of the border. Notable guests have included Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee, Enrique Iglesias, Kathie Lee Gifford, Tony Bennett, Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Burt Reynolds, Barenaked Ladies, Joan Rivers, Bo Derek and Prime Minister Jean Chretien. While he has enjoyed his success, Mike Bullard remains a Canadian “everyman”, tirelessly working on behalf of dozens of charities and giving back to the community. He makes over 150 appearances a year for organizations such as The United Way, Big Brothers and Sisters, Foster Parents Plan, Casey House, The Humane Society and the Hospital for Sick Children, among others.
When I need an event to be a success I book Mike Bullard. His hosting and humour works everywhere and for everyone. Funny and classy, Mike makes you look good for inviting him. – MC Marketing
For one hour, Mike Bullard took our group of 175 people and had them buckled over with laughter. His material was fresh, funny, and he had everyone’s attention as they didn’t know what was coming next. Our convention was a tremendous success and Mike Bullard was a huge part of it. We will certainly have him again in the future as he was diligent, professional, and courteous to everyone. –End Of The Roll
Mike Bullard has always been a favorite of mine personally. He hosted and performed at the Ha!ifax Comedy Festival in 2006 and was instantly a crowd favorite. It would be my pleasure to work with Mike in the future. Any client who works with Mike will get more than expected! – Halifax Comedy Festival
Mike Bullard was so great at the Sixth Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, the Veterans LOVED him. I hope he is available to come out again next November. – MEDIchair Halton
Mike, thanks for the laughs and hopefully, you might consider returning for another event. – Sobey’s
The success of an event depends on having the right Master of Ceremonies, your ability to create energy and enthusiasm was obvious by the atmosphere in the room. On behalf of the organizing committee, and everyone at Peel Regional Police, I thank you for helping to make “Dinner with the Brass” a truly memorable occasion. – Chief of Police, Peel Region
I just want to send you a quick note on how impressed we were with Mike Bullard, he was outstanding, funny as hell! He was the MC at our event, and I can tell you that he kept things rolling along quite well. My wife and I never stopped laughing, he put on a great show and tell him his shirt looked great! (Inside joke!). Scott & Sherry, private event
Just a quick note to let you know how outstanding Mr. Bullard was at Yuk Yuk’s in Ottawa. Mr. Bullard was outstanding, cute as a button, personable, and charming and very respectful. We are still talking about Mr. Bullard’s performance and giggling, it was great to see him performing and clearly he is still on top of his game. Mike still has a huge fan-base and we are looking forward to seeing him on television again. We can’t stop thinking about him. – Diane & Rob, fans from Ottawa
Mike was the right choice for our event. It went fantastic, absolutely fantastic. Much appreciated, couldn’t have been better!!! – TD Bank