Mike Moto began his comedy career over a decade ago, in Berkeley. His first paying job was house comic at the Mabuhay Gardens, a combination Philipino restaurant and hardcore punk rock club. Every night, green-mohawked people would scream for his death, until his comedy prevailed. Armed with this experience, Mike Moto quickly became a favorite at the more conventional comedy clubs such as the Punchline and the Holy City Zoo. The demands of nightclub work soon forced him to abandon his studies at Berkeley, where he is still on leave of absence.
Searching for new challenges and bad weather, Mike Moto moved to the East coast, where he proceeded to become one of Boston's top comics, as well as a regular at The Improv, and The Comic Strip in New York In his 9 years as a Boston performer, he has not only worked at every major club in the area, but also showcased in two college entertainment conventions (NACA), thus becoming a favorite on the New England college circuit.
He was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Competition, held at Berklee Performance Center, and has opened for Steven Wright, Emo Phillips, Judy Tenuta, and Bobcat Goldthwaite. He also has the distinction of being the only man ever selected by the Boston Herald as one of Boston's most eligible bachelors, while still married.
In search of new challenges and better weather, Mike Moto has recently moved back to San Francisco, where he is rapidly regaining recognition as one of the city's top comics. He continues to maintain his contacts in Boston in addition to headlining clubs across the Northwest, Midwest, and most recently, Southeast.
He has starred in and written for Open Mike, a comedy/variety show that
aired throughout the metropolitan Boston area, and has appeared numerous times on the Comedy Channel. He recently filmed a multicultural comedy special for PBS, titled COMICS A-Z.
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