Mike Houlihan is an award winning writer, actor, producer, director, filmmaker, radio host, and journalist. Mike is a former features columnist for the Chicago Sun- Times, where he penned the “Houli in ‘da Hood” column. He wrote the “Hooliganism” column in the Irish American News from for over twenty years starting in 1996. He began his career as an actor in 1973 with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Ct., and appeared onstage with regional theatres across the country as well as Off-Broadway, on Broadway, on television and in major motion pictures. While working in New York he met Malachy and Frank McCourt and together they developed A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS, which Houlihan produced and directed at The Village Gate in New York City in 1984 and subsequently toured all over the world. BLAGUARDS was selected as a special promotional representative for Irish Distillers International and was the genesis of a series of books written by the McCourts. His experience as an actor, director, and producer, paved the way for his career as a playwright. His play GOIN’ EAST ON ASHLAND ran for over six years in Chicago, and his play MICKEY FINN had its world premiere production at the Royal George Theatre. Mike contributed humorous essays to public radio in Chicago on WBEZ-FM for several years and also appears regularly onstage in Chicago as a stand- up comic and character actor. In 2006 he won the Illinois/Chicago Film Office Screenplay competition with his screenplay, Ballhawk. In 2009 Vanguard Cinema began distribution of the DVD of Mike’s independent feature film, TAPIOCA starring Ben Vereen, Tim Kazurinsky, and several Second City comics. Tapioca premiered at the Park City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah and played the film festival circuit through 2008, winning Best Feature Film at the Geneva Film Fest.
Working with The Center for Independent Documentary he developed his most recent film, a documentary, Our Irish Cousins, (ouririshcousins.com), which premiered at The 16 th Annual European Union Film Festival in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center in March 2013 and screened at festivals across the country in Tampa Austin, and most recently at The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. In 2011 WTTW Chicago Public Television broadcast his backstage peek at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Contest with the documentary, Her Majesty, ‘da Queen. Mike is also co-host of the immensely popular Irish radio program “The Skinny & Houli Show” every weekend in Chicago on WCEV 1450 AM (www.skinnyhouli.com) He is the chairman of Hibernian Transmedia NFP, a not for profit public charity which promotes and preserves Irish and Irish American culture. Hibernian currently produces three weekly Irish American radio programs in Chicago. Mike is the founder and director of the Annual Irish American Movie Hooley film festival in Chicago, now in its fourth year, (http://moviehooley.org), Mike is the author of three books, a pair of anthologies, “Hooliganism Stories” and “More Hooliganism Stories” and last summer Abbeyfeale Press published his gonzo look at the 2015 Chicago Mayoral Campaign, NOTHIN’S ON THE SQUARE, (https://www.amazon.com/Nothins-Square- Mayoral- Campaign-History/dp/1619847205), He is currently working on a TV special for WTTW Chicago, OUR IRISH PUB, and a documentary on the Chicago Flag and its Irish origins.
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