Mike Bullard, best known for his live act as MC at Mark Breslin's famed YukYuk's Comedy Club hosted this late night television show for five years, starting on the Comedy Network and then moving to CTV before jumping producers and networks for a final season on Global. Broadcast live before a studio audience in downtown Toronto's legendary Masonic Temple, Open Mike with Mike Bullard featured panel guests and one musical or comedy act. It featured both national and international stars but kept its focus on the interaction between Bullard and the audience. Written by
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Not that bad- good for late night when there's nothing else on TV.
A lot of people hate Mike Bullard- others love him. To me he's alright- Canada has had better and will have much better in the future. Mike Bullard is somewhere between an insult comic and Johnny Carson, though he is only about as funny as Jay Leno (not that that's a huge accomplishment). The reason I would give this show any credit is because I see Mike Bullard more as a host than as a comedian. He has an abillity to give light to the obscure and the interesting, while keeping a good place for celebrity interviews as well. As far as jokes are concerned, recycling the same Michael Jackson joke just isn't funny. The monologue is worth seeing but needs to be much sharper. But it wasn't until the sixth season he got really good anyway. It opened with an episode consisting of Loydd Robinson leaving in the middle of an interview to "crash" Mike's show and an interview where Dave Foley read off mock congratulatory letters to Mike. Later in the season, there were more memorable shows such as Mike's mock interview with Paul Cellucci over the telephon about not joing in the war with Iraq, and the last episode where Loydd Robinson broke in the middle of Mike's desk bit to "announce" he signed a new contract stating he is allowed to interrupt any show he wants and to wish Mike a happy birthday. Hopefully the seventh season will be even more of an improvement with even more memorable moments. And hopefully when this show ends, it will create an even better late night show spin off. Canada needs more entertainment trying to make our industry work.
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