Shows & Programs

Every Show is Customized to Your Audience

Mike's performances are usually 45 minutes in length, but can be adjusted to accomodate your needs.  Some clients prefer a 20 minute blast of entertainment to energize their meetings, while many theaters and performing arts centers require 75 to 90 minutes.

Mike's shows are constantly evolving.  As more than one spectator has exclaimed "you never know what's going to happen next!"  Usually the highlight of the shows are the little "puppet people".  Among the characters you are likely to meet are Tyson the paranoid chicken, Harold the mid-western farmer, Bongo the ballistic monkey, or Rosie the 92-year-young grandmother.  Another performance highlight is when two or three audience volunteers are turned into real, live puppets (you've got to see it to believe it!).  In addition, every show is personalized with select madcap juggling and a touch of magic.  Then finally, after all the fun and laughter, the show builds to a dramatic finale as Mike juggles a real bowling ball, apple, and "razor sharp machete of death" (when appropriate)...while eating the apple!

These shows often receive standing ovations at corporate and club events, accolades from event planners, as well as praise from teachers and school administrators.

Rest assured that children's shows are appropriate for children, that family shows are geared towards family audiences, and that his adult shows will "kill" at your next banquet, meeting or club event!

Mike provides his own tables, props, sound, backdrop etc., so you can be assured the look and sound of a professional performance without having to worry about anything.

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Corporate Shows & Banquets

Clean adult comedy that provides a  personalized and memorable experience for your next event.

Never offensive, always funny and universally appealing, these shows are perfect for sales meetings, employee get-togethers, holiday banquets, customer appreciation events and more.  Clean + funny is hard to find, and nothing political or suggestive will ever be uttered here.  These performances are often followed by comments like "good luck topping this next year!"


Fairs & Festivals

A memorable whirlwind of visual, exciting family entertainment!

Mike's fair and festival shows are big and visual as well as funny, so they command attention even amid the rides and attractions.  Mike got his start performing at small festivals, then major festivals and county fairs soon followed.  As a result, he became an expert at entertaining family audiences in challenging situations.

With the help of things like engaging ventriloquist characters, bowling ball juggling, flaming torches and colorful balloon work, Mike's shows command attention and draw huge audiences.

Thousands of Smiles, Thousands of Laughs

"Its great to have a performer that caters children, yet has a wide enough range to keep the adults entertained also. "

— L. Abrams-Spiker - Ohio Arts & Crafts Foundation

"Quite simply, Mike is the greatest entertainer of our time!"

— J. Hemmelgarn, Mike's Mom (compensated endorsement)

"Your performance at our holiday party was fantastic! I cant remember when I’ve laughed as hard as I did that night."

— G. Allison, Brower Insurance


School Programs

School shows that educate, as well as entertain!

Each component in these performances brings home important points about reading, general character, bullying or other relevant themes.  Or,  you can reserve Mike's "Just for Fun" show as a rewards assembly (often used after testing or fund raising efforts) or to just plain have fun!

Feel free to contact Mike if you have questions about types of assemblies or specific content you'd like included.


Library & Summer Reading Programs

Promote attendance at your library with children's shows that focus on making reading a blast!

Wildly entertaining stage shows that emphasize the importance of reading, and promote summer attendance at your library.  Choices include shows with the current state/national summer reading theme or a more general library performance.  No matter the choice, every Mike Hemmelgarn library experience strongly encourages library attendance and reading good books.  Fun for all ages, with an emphasis on the children.