Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Neil Mullarkey Interview ~ L Vaughan Spencer…..
Neil Mullarkey was educated at Cambridge University. He studied Economics, Social and Political Sciences and was President of the Cambridge Footlights, directing their pantomime and revue and touring the UK and Australia.
He’s done three double-acts, with Mike Myers, with Nick Hancock and with Tony Hawks.
Don’t Be Needy Be Succeedy, which toured the UK & Ireland to great acclaim and won the Fringe Report Award for Best Satire of 2002.
In it Neil plays L. Vaughan Spencer, Life Coach, Self-Help Guru and Gangsta Motivator.
Hear Neil and his alter-ego Vaughan in conversation with Alex Belfield…..
In the early 1980s, he teamed up with Mike Myers as ‘Mullarkey and Myers’. They would perform sketches based on their shared love of cartoons, B-movies and bad TV. They played around the burgeoning London pub circuit, particularly at the George IV in Chiswick, where they often shared the bill with the young Hugh Grant, then plying his trade in the Jockeys Of Norfolk revue. As their fame increased, Mullarkey and Myers toured the UK, ending in a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.
The two also appeared as ‘The Sound Asleep Club’ on TV-am’s ‘Wide Awake Club’, a children’s TV show hosted at the time by Tommy Boyd. Mike eventually returned to Toronto, but Mullarkey would briefly join him to revive ‘Mullarkey and Myers’ in Canada. Later still, he appeared in Myers’ début in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, as the Customs Officer who freaks Austin out with his penis enlarger. (He also appeared again in Goldmember and helped Mike Myers do uncredited rewrites of So I Married An Axe Murderer.
Mullarkey has since developed a performance career in theatre, television, cinema and radio.
As a founding member of The Comedy Store Players, he is regularly performing on the UK comedy circuit.
Mullarkey runs management workshops and hosts conferences for private and public organisations. In his Improvyourbiz workshops he uses the techniques of theatre improvisation to inspire business people to embrace their creativity and enhance their communication skills.
Recorded 2009 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio and the BBC.