length of conversation and one starts to figure out that Mike Bonner is
moving through time at a pace all his own. Sometimes it’s accelerated
even when it seems slow. For instance, where most comedians start with
comedy as their forte and evolve into entertainment moguls, Bonner
started out with a love for the performing arts; "I was a theater brat, I
did glee club...anything that would get me on stage." Eventually, that
passion for the arts at large would distill itself into a poised and
seriously funny comic. His roots in theater create a dynamic of funny on
stage that use Bonner's whole being as a vehicle for his set. Body
language, random interludes of singing, & physical comedy all play a
supporting role to the top billing: the jokes.
is inspired by his experiences as a husband and father on a quest for
the ideal nuclear family. His comedy is equally inspired by failures and
rock bottom observations from a perspective that give Bonner a Midas
touch. His penchant for interpreting life experiences in a way that is
universal as much as it is comical has landed him opportunities to
perform in front of diverse audiences in his hometown of Detroit and
abroad. With a career spanning two decades, Bonner has featured as a
comic on BET’s Comicview, Comics Unleashed, writer and performer for P.
Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy and a litany of other TV, stage
& radio appearances.
career as a comedian predates the popularity of “urban comedy”. After
honing his talents at the Comedy Castle, a popular venue in Metro
Detroit, Bonner began to recognize the need for a specialized experience
in comedy for members of his community. This inspired an
entrepreneurial spirit, leading Bonner to produce his own comedy
showcases inside the city limits. This not only created opportunities
for comedy fans to enjoy themselves in a more urban suited atmosphere,
it also created opportunities for up and coming comics to cut their
teeth, fall on their face and eventually base their successes all in the
house that Bonner built. It is in that same spirit of looking back
& reaching forward that Bonner continues to forge meaningful work
relationships with other veterans & new comers alike.