MIKE PLAYER   
Writer - Actor - Producer
News Archive
May 14, 2014

The Angry Daddies are preparing for a June 1 and a July 13, 2014 show at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.  New videos, sketch, and improv!Click for tickets.

I am exec-producing the Outlaugh Special Event 2014 set for May 20 at Eleven Nightclub in Weho. Click for info and tickets to support The Lavender Effect!


December, 2013


July - Dec 2013
- I am coaching Monthly Gay Mafia Flash Improv Workshops every month of 2013 and 2014 (the second Saturday of the month).


M
AY 24, 2013
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June 14 - The Angry Daddies and I perform at the West Hollywood Library with Sandra Valls, Andre Kelley, and Shawn Pelofsky to benefit the Lavender Effect.  

For info on more One City One Pride events, please visit www.weho.org/pride


Gay Mafia Flash Improv Workshops held the second Saturday of every month!


MAY 8, 2013


May 11  1:30--4:30p I'm coaching another Flash Intensive Improv Workshop.Drop me a line if you want to join us!

May 19 - The Angry Daddies and I perform at Highways in Santa Monica.

MARCH 17, 2013

 
April 13  1:30--4:30p I'm coaching another 
Flash Intensive Improv Workshop.Drop me a line if you want to join us!

FEBRUARY 18, 2013


Feb. 19 - Catch me performing standup at the Ventura Comedy Club.  

Next Flash Workshop is March 9.

December 3, 2012


I'm coaching a 
Flash Intensive Improv Workshop Saturday December 8, 2012 1:30-4:30  in Hollywood.  Don't miss out!

October 25, 2012

I'm coaching a Flash Intensive Improv Workshop Saturday October 27, 2012 1:30-4:30  in Hollywood.  Don't miss out!

September 26, 2012


I'm coaching a 
Flash Intensive Improv Workshop Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30-4:30  in Hollywood.  Don't miss out!

September 15, 2012


I'm coaching a Flash Intensive Improv Workshop this afternoon (Saturday 9/15) in Hollywood.  Don't miss out!


August 23, 2012


My new comedy suspense novel, 
"VIRAL" is available as a Kindle Book! Just 99 cents for a fun summer read! Read press. Watch the trailer:






June  4, 2012

My new comedy suspense novel, "VIRAL"came out today as a Kindle Book! Just 99 cents for a fun summer read!

My new improv group, Angry Daddies,debuts in the Hollywood Fringe/Outlaugh 2012... Saturday June 16 8:30p and Friday June 22 10p for 2 PERFORMANCES ONLY! Get tickets early. Click here to purchase.

The opening weekend of Outlaugh 2012 was a smash. SIX more nights of shows at the Asylum Theatre. Click here for list of shows and to get tickets!


May 14, 2012


Catch me tonight on IMRU on KPFK radio at 7pm with David Dean Bottrell and Roy Cruz as we chat up Outlaugh 2012!. 8 nights in June! Outlaugh will be a featured block of shows in the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year.

My comedy suspense novel, "VIRAL" will be released as a Kindle Book the first week of June.

Tuesday  May 22, 2012  7:30-10p  I'm coaching another Gay Mafia Flash Improv Comedy Workshop at the Underground Theater!

Oh yeah, and I've been rehearsing with the 
Angry Daddies for our June debut.


April 3, 2012

I've been busy with Outlaugh 2012. 8 nights in June! Outlaugh will be a featured block of shows in the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year.

I'll be performing standup and improv at Sacramento State University April 19.



February 18, 2012


I'll be performing and leading an improv workshop at the MENSA Conference in Woodland Hills Sunday 2/19/12 at 8 p.m. Who knew I was that smart?



January 18, 2012

Been busy moving. Still in L.A.  But, God, how many boxes are really necessary in life?

Saturday  January 21, 2012  1:30 - 4:30  I'm coaching another Gay Mafia Flash Improv Comedy Workshop at the Underground Theater!

Happy New Year!


11/10/11

I'm doing standup Friday 10 p.m. Nov. 11, 2011 at The Ventura Comedy Club.

And Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 7:30 I'm coaching another Gay Mafia Flash Improv Comedy Workshop at the Underground Theater!


10/26/11

I'm performing improv with The Gay Mafiathis Friday October 28, 2011 8:30 p.m. at The Palms Bar in West Hollywood. Admission is Free! Click here for map. No reservations needed, Just drop in for chortling and guffaws!


9/15/11

I'm coaching another Gay Mafia Flash Intensive Improv Workshop 
Saturday 1:30-4:30p October 1, 2011 at the Underground Theater. Click here for details.

8/14/11

I'm coaching another Gay Mafia Flash Intensive Improv Workshop Tuesday August 23, 2011 at the Underground Theater. Click here for details.

6/26/11

Finished coaching another great Flash Improv Comedy Workshop today! 

Outlaugh 2011 earlier this month was a lot of fun!

2 weeks to finish a humongous writing project.

Some new performing ventures ahead - info soon...

5/16/11 

I'll be a guest on the "Oh, Mary!" Radio Show Tuesday May 17 7-8 p.m. You can tune in live at latalkradio.com.

I'll be coaching the next Gay Mafia Flash Improv Comedy Workshop, Monday
May 23, 2011 7:30-10 pm at The Underground Theater. Click here for details and to join.

Outlaugh 2011 is scheduled for June 2, 
June 3, and June 4 at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. Suzanne Westenhoefer is headlining! I'll be onstage Thursday in the improv jam and Friday hosting sketches and short films with Sabrina Matthews.



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4/5/11 

I'll be coaching the next Gay Mafia Flash Intensive Improv Workshop, Saturday 
April 16, 2011 1:30-4:30 pm at The Underground Theater. Click here for details and to join.


2/17/11- 

I'll be coaching the next Gay Mafia Flash Intensive Improv Workshop, Saturday March 12, 2011 1:30-4:30 pm at The Underground Theater. Click here for details and to join.

I've been attending pre-pro meetings for Outlaugh 2011 scheduled for Thurs/Fri/Sat. June 2-4 in West Hollywood. More details very soon!

I'm filming Episode 33 of my web series, "FIGHTING FRANKIE."  

And working on a new writing project to be finished by Feb. 26.


1/20/11- 

I'll be coaching the next Gay Mafia Flash Intensive Improv Workshop, Saturday January 29, 2011 1:30-4:30 pm at The Underground Theater. Click here for details and to join.

I've been attending pre-pro meetings for Outlaugh 2011 scheduled for the first weekend of June 2011 in West Hollywood.

I'm filming the next two episodes of my web series, "FIGHTING FRANKIE."  

And working on a new writing project to be finished by Feb. 20.

10/7/10 - 

I'll be teaching another one-day Flash Intensive Gay Mafia Improv Workshop at the Underground Theater Saturday 
October 9, 2010 1:30-4:30. Contact me to join!

I'm working on the 29th episode of my new web series, "FIGHTING FRANKIE."  

The Gay Mafia performs next at The Long Beach Hilton on Thursday November 18, 2010.


7/24/10 

I'll be teaching another one-day Flash Intensive Gay Mafia Improv Workshop at the Underground Theater Saturday August 28, 2010 1:30-4:30. Contact me to join!

I'm working on the 25th episode of my new web series, "FIGHTING FRANKIE."  We had a lot of fun with the "Go Go Boy Talk Show" segments!

Previous episodes of FF have been featured on Queerty.com and Gay.tv

I also had a great time directing "Vitch," a sketch show featuring the women of The Gay Mafia last month. In September, we're taking it up to the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

7/5/10 

I'll be teaching another one-day Flash Intensive Gay Mafia Improv Workshop at the Underground Theater Saturday July 10, '10 1:30-4:30. Contact me to join! The workshop on June 5 was a smash!

I'm working on the 22nd episode of my new web series, "FIGHTING FRANKIE."

Previous episodes have been featured onQueerty.com and Gay.tv

The Gay Mafia had a great time performing Thursday June 24, 2010 7:30 p.m. at the Renberg Theater in Hollywood. Click here and scroll down for deets.

1/29/10 

I'm working on more episodes for my new web series, "FIGHTING FRANKIE."

And I'm looking forward to performing more comedy in 2010 with The Gay Mafia!  Details soon...


11/25/09 

Check out the latest episodes of my new web series, "FIGHTING FRANKIE."

The Gay Mafia's next show will be Dec. 9 at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. Our standup guest will be Dana Goldberg! And, the Mafia performs one full hour of mind blistering improv comedy! 


11/8/09
The Gay Mafia's next show will be Nov. 11 at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. Our standup guests will be Scott Silverman and Poppy Champlin! And, the Mafia performs one full hour of mind blistering improv comedy! 



10/17/09 

I had a great time Oct. 14 performing with The Gay Mafia in Long Beach to benefit the G/L Center there.

The Gay Mafia's next show will be Oct. 28 at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood.


Also, check out my new web series,"FIGHTING FRANKIE."



8/22/09 

June 24's "Gaylarious!" was such a hit that the MACHA Theater has asked The Gay Mafia to return in the Fall. First show is Wednesday, Sept. 30!

Mike will also be reading and signing his book, "Out on the Edge: America's Rebel Comics" Sunday Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m. at TheWest Hollywood Book Fair.

Mike is now preparing a new video project for a September debut, as well as booking more Fall shows for The Gay Mafia (click his myspace tab above for calendar).


5/20/09 

Mike had a very busy March/April producing Outlaugh 2009 and traveling on a book tour for his new book.

Mike is now producing and performing in "GAYLARIOUS!" at the MACHA Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. The Gay Mafia appears with Suzanne Westenhoefer and Sandra Valls. 323.848.6471 for reservations. Admission Free.




Mike is producing "GAYLARIOUS!" with the City of West Hollywood Cultural Affairs Committee as part of Weho's 2009 Pride Month festivities. 

Hope to see you there!



3/15/09 

Mike will appear with THE GAY MAFIA in Outlaugh 2009, March 4 at 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Improv in LA.

OUTLAUGH 2009 is the first first multi-city comedy festival in America! Performances will occur in Los Angeles, New York, and Lake Tahoe simultaneously March 4-6, 2009.

Mike will appear on KNEWS radio's "Bill Feingold Unleashed" at 8 p.m. March 20, 09.

Mike will be in New York at the Barnes and Noble on 82nd and Broadway March 30 for a reading/signing of his book, "OUT ON THE EDGE: AMERICA'S REBEL COMICS."  Joining him will be Bob Smith, Jaffe Cohen, Michele Balan, Mary Kennedy, and Jason Dudey.

Mike will appear at Books Inc. in San Francisco Monday April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Joining him in SF will be Charlie Ballard, Jen Slusser, and Karen Ripley.


1/27/09 - Mike is looking forward to the Book Party (second event) for his new book, "OUT ON THE EDGE: AMERICA'S REBEL COMICS."  Party will be held at East /West Lounge Wed. 1/28/09 in West Hollywood at 7:30.


1/2/09 - Mike is looking forward to the Official Book Launch Event for his new book, "OUT ON THE EDGE: AMERICA'S REBEL COMICS."  

Event will feature signings and readings by Mike and many conributors to the book JANUARY 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. atDifferent Light Bookstore in West Hollywood, CA! Come on out that night and say hello!


11/26/08 - Mike will be guesting on The Frank DeCaro Show on Syrius Satellite Radio Dec. 2 2008 at 10:15 a.m. pst. to discuss his new book, "OUT ON THE EDGE: AMERICA'S REBEL COMICS."  Book is now in bookstores and available on Amazon.


10/16/08 - Mike has finished, "OUT ON THE EDGE: AMERICA'S REBEL COMICS,"which will be published and distributed to major bookstores by Alyson Books December 1, 2008.

Mike had a blast with THE GAY MAFIAheadlining at The National Conference for Gay Mormons in San Pedro, CA October 11, 2008.

THE GAY MAFIA had a great time performing at the Lambda Literary Awards May 29, 2008.

Feb. 23 Mike and The Gay Mafia had a blast in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as headliners in the ArtExplosion Festival.


7/4/08 - Mike is finishing his first book for Alyson Books, "OUT ON THE EDGE: AMERICA'S REBEL COMICS," which will be published and distributed to major bookstores November 1, 2008.

6/3/08 -
Mike Player leads a new Tuesday Improv Comedy Workshop (click for info)


3/31/08
- Outlaugh 2009 set for Lake Tahoe March 1 - 8, 2009! 


3/16/08
Mike's comedy group, The Gay Mafia, was such a hit on March 12 at MJs Bar in Silver Lake, they've been asked to become regulars there with their comedy night:  "Cocksure Comedy."  Mike and the Mafia perform improv comedy, and share the stage with 2 different stand-up comics each show.  Next performance is March 26, 2008.

Feb. 23 Mike and The Gay Mafia had a blast in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as headliners in the ArtExplosion Festival.


2/1/08 - Mike has just signed a nonfiction book deal with Alyson books for a book about the comedy world.  Book will hit bookstores this Fall.

Feb. 23 Mike and The Gay Mafia will appear in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as headliners in the ArtExplosion Festival.


11/9/07-  Mike is preparing the new Gay Mafia sketch show "The Gay Mafia: Nu-Queer Winter" for a Dec. 5 debut at the Lounge Theater in Hollywood.  He will be appearing in quite a few sketches much to everyone's chagrin. He's also written some of the material and is directing the strange concoction.

As a producer, he is considering several exciting possibilities for Outlaugh in 2008.  News soon!
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