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.
Since 1985 he has improvised sketches and stories with the Comedy Store Players, of which he is a founder-member.
Neil has written and performed four one-man shows
• A Bit of Quiet Fun,
• Memoirs of Lord Naughty,
• All That Mullarkey, and
• 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.
Neil starred with Eddie Izzard in the sell-out West End run of One Word Improv and has guested with The Groundlings in Los Angeles and Second City in Toronto.
On television, Neil's numerous appearances include
• Whose Line is it Anyway
• The Manageress
• Smith and Jones
• Saturday Live
• Carrott Confidential
• Paul Merton – The Series
He co-wrote (with Tony Hawks) the BBC1 sitcom Morris Minor's Marvellous Motors and (with Greg Proops) The Amazing Colossal Show for BBC2. He hosted American Freak for America's Comedy Central TV.
Neil has acted in the films:
• Leon the Pig Farmer
• A Fistful of Fingers
• Solitaire for 2 (of which he also wrote the novelisation)
• Austin Powers – International Man of Mystery & Goldmember
• Comic Act
• Spiceworld - The Movie
• And Neil helped Mike Myers with (uncredited) re-writes on
"So I Married An Axe Murderer"
In the theatre,
Neil has recently starred in Then Again, a revue with Dawn French and Sheila Hancock - Ugly Rumours in which he played a Prime Minister called Tony - and Charley's Aunt, alongside Eric Sykes and Christopher Biggins. He directed the hit West End interactive comedy whodunit Scissor Happy.
For Radio Four, Neil hosted Missed Demeanours, was a regular performer on Bits from Last Week's Radio, co-wrote and starred in FAB TV and has appeared on Just a Minute, The News Quiz, Quote...Unquote, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Loose Ends and In Touch. He wrote and presented the documentary Ten Years of the Comedy Store Players.
Neil is highly accomplished in the field of management training, having run many workshops and hosted conferences for private and public organisations. In Improv Your Biz Neil uses the techniques of theatre improvisation to inspire business people to embrace their creativity and enhance their communication skills. His training clients include the BBC, Thames Water, Procter & Gamble, Publicis, Prudential, the Body Shop, Relate and The General Medical Council as well as Ashridge, Templeton and Henley management colleges and the Institute of Operations Management.
Neil Mullarkey is an associate of The Comedy School and regularly writes articles and book reviews for national newspapers.