Starting out as part of iconic Australian sketch group Castanet Club and subject of the 1991 cult film of the same name, Mikey Robins made the transition to radio and television to become one of Australia’s best-loved, intelligent and in-demand entertainers on the strength of his clever observations, quick one-liners and brilliant, biting banter.
Mikey spent seven years behind the microphone as much-loved host of triple j’s national breakfast show with Helen Razer before becoming an audience favourite as team leader on the hugely popular, high rating Good News Week and its various franchises.
Mikey has also worked for ABC radio, Vega, and Triple M and where he co-hosted Merrick… and Australia weekly with Merrick Watts in 2016 – 2017. His numerous regular television appearances include Co-Host of Studio 10, You Have Been Watching, regular guest spots on Sunrise, Spicks and Specks, The Fat and Today.
ABCTV featured Mikey in an episode of Australian Story, and thanks to Mikey’s tremendous popularity amongst TV audiences the episode went on to become one the highest rating episodes of this high quality program. The episode dealt with Mikey’s health and weight loss issues in a frank and very personal account.
In 2016 Mikey was invited back for the very Australian Story 30 years on air celebration special, and that same year also joined the on-air celebrations for iconic childrens’ TV show Play School’s 50th anniversary. Mikey has devised and hosted a series of documentaries about Australians and their favourite pubs for Channel 10 – leading to episodes being filmed overseas – and fronted shows for the Foxtel network.
Mikey’s co-authored the books Three Beers and a Chinese Meal (with Helen Razer) and Big Man’s World (with Tony Squires and The Sandman) and written columns for The Daily Telegraph, GQ and Men’s Style.
With performing stand-up comedy now included in Mikey’s long list of talents and achievements, he’s performed successful seasons at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals, regularly performs at Australia’s comedy clubs and cruise ships, and as well as being a highly in-demand corporate entertainer Mikey has travelled to Afghanistan to entertain Australian troops. The latter was a moving experience which he recounted in a special piece for Australia’s Number One men’s fashion magazine, Men’s Style.
An expert facilitator who has extensive experience in the corporate and the public sectors, Mikey is well known for his ability to coordinate workshops, strategic planning sessions and team-building exercises. With his academic background Mikey is able to understand and present to diverse teams.
Mikey was given the honour of being chosen to perform Master of Ceremonies duties for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet’s public talk at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The day-long celebration was attended by luminaries such as Cate Blanchett and has been a highpoint in both Mikey’s personal life and career.
Mikey’s third book, ‘Seven Deadly Sins and One Very Naughty Fruit‘ a fascinating, funny and downright bizarre survey of culinary oddities published by Simon & Schuster in November 2018.
Mikey comes to his own on the live stage, where he is able to bring an audience to its feet, its senses, and its knees – comedically speaking, of course – whether serving as an MC, public speaker, debater or comic.