699- Notice it says My Bio and not Mike Betancourt’s” Bio. I am not going to write my own bio as if it were written from third person anymore. It’s not real, it’s not me. Just like that picture you see on your left side, NO BS! I am not going to BS my way though this bio. This is me, Mike Betancourt, and I am here to write to you about myself and the experiences I’ve had in this wonderful life of comedy. I’m a veteran, I served in the United States Navy. I was a catapult crewman on board the U.S.S Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). I was in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Keep in mind, I was in the Navy, so I didn’t see any land.
I was out to sea launching jets, just like Top Gun… minus the cool 80s music and shirtless volleyball games. I was too busy working. Highway to the Danger Zone, baby! Serving in the military helped me develop tough skin for what I had to embark next. Juggling stand up comedy career while having a family.
I have a beautiful wife and two amazing daughters, I didn’t want to travel too much starting out because I wanted my kids to know who I am. I started my stand up comedy career in 2004 and I had no idea what I was doing. Sure I got some laughs, but I still had no idea what was going on. I wasn’t afraid to make mistakes and fail; Lord knows I have failed a lot! I’ve heard the boos, seen people walk away, or even better, had people yell at me after shows because I wasn’t funny.
However, I was instilled with strong work ethics from my parents, so I kept going, I was determined to learn this craft. Performing stand up comedy over the years has opened up opportunities for other creative ventures, such as acting. I can be seen in the new Golden One commercial, as well as several movies: Traffik (starring Paula Patton), Mamaboy (with Gary Busey), and Guitar Man, where I had a supporting role. Guitar Man won best drama at LA Film Festival, best feature at the Chandler Film Festival and best original screenplay at the Golden state Film Festival.
In a short film called Love Rules, I won Best Supporting Actor. I also produced and acted in a short film called Evelyn, which won the audience choice award at the Life Fest Film Festival. My favorite experience to showcase is when I made it to Mt. Olympus… I mean when I was in Wrestlemania 31! I was one of Bray Wyatt’s scarecrows and one of Rusev’s Russian Soldiers! Hanging out backstage at Wrestlemania was an experience of a lifetime.
I have a podcast that I write and produce called Me, Mikeself and I, a fun show where I rant and do impressions. Check it out! Check out the rest of my website, leave comments, join my newsletter and I hope to see you at a live show someday.
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