Born on the luscious island of, St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands, Mike Yard, moved with his family To East New York Brooklyn in 1986. "Culture shock anyone". Mike Started his comedy career at the now defunct "Uptown Comedy Club" in Harlem NYC. "I kept going to comedy clubs and open Mic nights and watching comics do their sets but on the inside I was itching to hit the stage myself. One day I just decided to go for it and my goal was simply not to get booed off stage -- and I didn't!" Fast forward to over a decade later and Michael Yard has become one of the hottest comedians touring the country today. In addition to being one of the most sought after acts on the college and university circuit, Mike's made a name for himself as one of New York City's premier comedians.
Michael was honored to be named one of Comedy's most thought provoking comedians by The Black Comedy Awards. His quest to delve deeper into the minds of the masses paid off when Rev. Jessie Jackson invited Mike to perform twice for The Rainbow Coalition/ Operation PUSH national conventions in New York and Chicago.
When not on stage making new friends at well-known venues like "The Comedy Cellar", "Caroline's Comedy Club", "The Comedy Store", "Stand Up NY", or "Gotham Comedy Club", Mike Is a regular contributor on "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" on Comedy Central.
Mike also 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 "the Big Head People". Mike loves writing screenplays as well and hopes to one day 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's is becoming a familiar face with his numerous television appearances. They include, "The Apollo Comedy Hour", "Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam", (All Star Edition) "BET's ComicView" and Comedy Centrals Live at Gotham. Mike .has also been featured on "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central.
Mike Yard would be an excellent addition to any program