Mikey Robins has one of the most recognisable faces and voices in the Australian entertainment industry as an intelligent comedian, writer and television and radio personality.
His first introduction to the microphone came at a young age when he would watch his father announce weekend surf life saving carnivals.
His career began in cabaret as part of Newcastle’s Castanet Club before his clever observations, one-liners, wit, banter and comedic timing made him a much-loved Australian favourite.
His big break came in 1989 working as a writer and performer for The Seven Network’s music program, Jono & Dano’s Saturday Morning Live.
Ironically that was the same year Mikey Robins was lucky to survive the 1989 Newcastle earthquake. The house he was in fell to pieces around him and Mikey narrowly missed being killed by a live electrical wire.
He performed as Reg Linchpin on popular children’s program Mr Squiggle from 1989-1990 and won a Conda for Excellence in Acting in Pamela Van Amstel’s Are You Lonesome Tonight in 1994.
He spent seven years behind the microphone as host of Triple J’s national breakfast show. His radio career also included co-hosting roles on the breakfast program on Triple M Sydney and Vega 95.3.
Yet Mikey Robins is arguably best known for his contribution to iconic television program Good News Week, where he was a team leader and audience favourite from 1996 to 2000. When Channel 10 resurrected the series in 2008, Mikey returned to his original role.
He has also delighted fans with regular guest spots on Sunrise, Spicks and Specks and The Fat.
In 2005 Mikey Robins featured on and won television’s Australia’s Brainiest Comedian, donating his $20,000 prize to the New South Wales Autism Association.
Throughout his career Mikey has battled with health issues and in 2006 he underwent gastric banding surgery and lost more than 50 kilos. His battle with obesity had begun following the devastating loss of his father to cancer when Mikey Robins was just 10 years old.
His frank and personal account of his weight and health concerns featured in a 2007 episode of ABC Television’s Australian Story. It became one of the highest-rating episodes of the quality program.
In 2010 Mikey Robins took a leap of faith in himself and turned his hand to stand-up comedy. Although throughout his career he had been known for his comedic talent, it was a role he was yet to explore.
He has since performed at all the major comedy venues in Australia as a headline act, starring at the Melbourne and Sydney comedy festivals.
In 2011 he was honoured as a stand-up comedian chosen to travel to Afghanistan to entertain Australian troops.
His most recent theatre work was at the Sydney Opera House in 2012, appearing in the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed smash hit comedy, Celebrity Autobiography.
He has co-authored two books, Three Beers and a Chinese Meal and Big Man’s World. He is also a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and GQ, among others.
Mikey Robins is an ambassador for The Mirabel Foundation and The White Ribbon Organisation.
He has proven to have many strings to his bow as a stand-up comedian, MC, debate moderator or team member, panel facilitator or conference facilitator.
• Stand-up comedian, MC, debate moderator or team member, panel facilitator or conference facilitator
"Your wit, timing and professionalism was fantastic and you really made the night work well...our audience gave us fantastic feedback on the night but in particular about you....I think you got the mix of humour and business on the night just right!"
Standard and Poor's
“Excellent. We would like to employ Mikey again to MC the same event next year"
Sydney Morning Herald
“The debate was very successful….everyone I have spoken to enjoyed the evening immensely"
Medico Legal Society of Queensland
“Your handling of the task was superb….Your support, professionalism and sense of humour contributed to the overall success of the night"
“You were a great hit with the whole audience and I've had numerous phones calls praising your effort on the night. It was a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to the possibility of working with you again in the future."
"A great MC job - in a difficult (huge) auditorium - you made a success of the evening"
Bob Carr – Premier NSW
"Mikey was great to deal with, his after dinner speech was a great success and pitched at just the right level, I'm happy to recommend him as a corporate speaker"
"Our guests have given us such superb feedback! Many commenting on how fortunate we were to have secured you and what an inspired choice you were!"
WA Museum Foundation