Mike Lemme is a comedian, playwright, director and producer finding unique ways to survive in New York City for the last 10 years. In August 2022, Lemme received 5 stars for his debut as a playwright, director and producer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, for his play Bathroom of a Bar on Bleecker about the final recording of America's number one comedy podcast.
Bleecker was one of two original shows Lemme brought to the Fringe in 2022. The other, Healing+, turned into his debut album, Close Your Eyes & Believe. One audience member in Edinburgh described the show as "mandatory" for anyone who has wanted to realize a big dream. Lemme also received a standing ovation for this show after performing it at the Kraine Theater in Manhattan.
Known for putting on shows in unique locations, Lemme has previously sold-out shows inside tiny co-working spaces internationally in London and Rome as well as in Austin, Texas, where he develops new material while sitting around a conference table with complete strangers. At the beginning of the pandemic, Mike turned his bedroom into a theater for his cult-classic zoom series, ‘Talking Privately.’ These zoom performances inspired Mike to continue to produce his own shows instead of trying the traditional approach of breaking into local comedy clubs.
A former intern for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon, Lemme previously warmed-up studio audiences for ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ and had a short story published in The New York Times. In 2016, he self-funded a 15 night residency at the UNDER St. Marks Theater and turned that into his first film, Help Wanted.
Lemme is a co-founder and member of the board of directors for CoverMyFee, a 501(c)3 non-profit determined to cover the initial application fee for artists of all genres submitting their work to festivals, competitions and development programs.
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“It is wonderful when a show can be funny, contemplative and raw all at the same time, and Lemme has captured all of the above perfectly.”
2015, 2018, 2022
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Frigid New York
Elgin Fringe Festival
FringeArts in Philadelphia
The Legendary St. Marks Comedy Festival
FringePVD in Providence, Rhode Island