Mike Hover has been performing for a crowd all of his life. He is still waiting for David Letterman to sue him for performing his Top Ten Lists around his Boy Scout campfires. Mike started performing stand up in 2006. After taking a comedy writing class in college (for the easy A) and performing at the Ice House Comedy Club for the final, he was hooked.
From 2008-2012, Mike and fellow comedian, Adam Fanshier, performed as the musical comedy duo Picard Maneuver (named after an obscure Star Trek TNG reference). Performing nerdy songs and hitting on audience members with lightsabers, the duo performed along the west coast in festivals, colleges, and clubs.
In 2014 Mike and his wife moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. In his new home, Mike has steadily made a name for himself in the Midwest comedy scene, including performing at Zanies Comedy Clubs, Penguins Comedy Club, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Gilda's Laughfest (Grand Rapids, MI), Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, and graduating from The Second City Conservatory Program.
In 2012 Mike’s own routine won him the Judge’s Pick at The Uncle Clyde’s Competition which landed him a role in the film Age of Dinosaurs with Asylum Studios (the studio that brought you Sharkando) which aired on the SYFY network and Netflix. Other comedy contests include Ultimate Laff-down XXVIII (Semi-Finals), Game of Microphones (The Comedy Shrine), and Jokesters Comedy Contest (2nd Place).
Recently Mike was awarded "Outstanding Performer" for his work at Genre-Thon 2019 (Otherworld Theatre - Chicago) and nominated as finalist in The Chicago Readers "Best of 2019" in "Best Comedian" category.
Mike has had the pleasure of opening for comedians such as
Carlos Alazaraqui, Dino Archie, Greg Hahn, Gabriel Iglesias,
Pat Godwin, Jake Johannsen, Laurie Killmartin, and Pat McGann.
Mike's antics have entertained audiences all over the country as well as internationally in London (Angels Comedy Club) and Paris (So Gymnase Comedy Club).
Mike recorded his first comedy album in Milwaukee, WI in October of 2019. HOVERDRIVE debuted #2 on the iTunes Comedy Chart.