Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Mike grew up the small farming town of North Branford, Connecticut just outside of New Haven. His father, a Vietnam vet, was a police officer and his mother was an office shipping clerk for automobile parts. He is the oldest of two brothers and a sister. At the young age of twelve Mike discovered he had a talent for doing celebrity impersonations. The reaction from those around him were of amazement as he manipulated his voice in remarkable ways.Soon after he jumped into stand-up comedy while only thirteen years old.
Mike's big break came to him in early 1992 when, at the age of sixteen, he and a small group of friends, created a new talk/variety television show. The show, "Comedy After Dark starring Mike Burke", gave him a platform for what he loved doing, performing and make others laugh. He served as producer, writer, and talk show host. The show originally aired on the town's public access station for a short time. Mike wanted a bigger audience so they moved the show to cable and it became a smash hit throughout parts of Connecticut. Mike and his cast had become local stars and the show, which featured political satire, sketch comedy, and improvisation went on to become the cable station's most watched show in their history. Mike ended the show, on their 100th episode, the very week he graduated from North Branford High School.
After leaving television Mike moved onto writing, producing, directing, and starring in a series of independent feature films. To date he has fifteen films under his belt. His production company, Mystic Night Pictures, is making a name for itself as well having recently expanded into other projects besides films such as a Sound Effects Library and Photography books. Besides making films he is a professional voice over artist, published author, photographer, and artist. He is also the creator of MikeMBurkeDesigns in which he produces and various products. One of his most popular is his line of Electric Hurricane Lanterns that are available at his Etsy shop!