Michael Goudeau started juggling on the streets when he was 14. He was very observant for his age and he quickly made the move to the sidewalk once he discovered the large crowds watching him weren’t there for juggling but instead betting on whether or not he would get hit by a car.
Education has always been important to Mike. In 1979 he graduated magna cum laude from one of the world’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning: Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Clown College.
He was voted “Class Clown” and toured with the circus from 1979 to 1981. A few years later he triumphantly returned to his alma mater as their gag writing instructor. With such impressive academic credits, Mike’s early career took off. He landed a who’s who of prestigious roles. He worked as an avocado, the Easter bunny, a gorilla riding a moped, and even appeared as the romantic lead in a Barry Manilow video that was number one in West Germany. These experiences helped to mold Michael into the man he is today, a man his wife describes as “my greatest challenge.”
Mike has performed in the Folies Bergere plus a dozen other revues in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York, Miami, and for some reason Valley Forge, PA.
Among his proudest accomplishments are performing his act in French in Paris, Japanese in Tokyo, Spanish in Madrid and Santiago, and Hungarian in Budapest, despite the crushing handicap that he barely even speaks English. Mike even won some sort of award in Budapest. “I stood up and accepted the award when my name was called,” he says. “To this day, I still don’t know what it was for.”
Mike appeared as the featured comedy act in the Lance Burton, Master Magician show in Las Vegas for over 19 years That’s the longest run for ANY variety act in Las Vegas history! Mike now performs his comedy juggling act for conventions and corporate events at home in Las Vegas and all around the world.
In his spare time Mike’s earned ten Emmy nominations as a TV writer and executive producer for Penn & Teller writing and most recently he’s written the definitive book on art made from pancakes.
Yes. Pancakes. He can even make pancakes with your company’s logo!