Neil Mullarkey
(Captain of the Ship)

There are countless communication coaches.

Plenty of creativity trainers and leadership gurus.

There are some improv experts tackling these issues... even some inspiring and funny speakers.

And then there is Neil Mullarkey.
(Mullarkey is his real name).

"One of the unsung heroes of modern comedy, not many can match his ability. As a founder-member of the Comedy Store Players, he helped create the template for improvised comedy." - The Guardian

Neil Mullarkey studied Economics, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. He was President of the comedy troupe the Cambridge Footlights (whose alumni include John Cleese, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson) and toured the UK and Australia.

He's performed in two double-acts, with Mike Myers and with Nick Hancock. In 1985 he co-founded the world-famous improvisers The Comedy Store Players with Mike Myers. He still improvises with the Players most Wednesdays and Sundays at the Comedy Store in London.

Television includes:

'Whose Line Is It Anyway' (British Academy Award winner)

'Curriculum Bytes' (nominated for a British Academy Award)

'Paul Merton - The Series'

'The Amazing Colossal Show' (with Greg Proops)


'Have I Got News For You'

'Saturday Live'

Theatre includes:

'One Word Improv' with Eddie Izzard

'Then Again' with Dawn French

Scissor Happy (as director)

'Charley's Aunt' with Eric Sykes

Neil has written and performed four one-man shows including the award-winning 'Don't Be Needy Be Succeedy'. As a guest he has improvised with The Groundlings in Los Angeles and Second City in Toronto.

Movies include:

'Austin Powers' (International Man of Mystery & Goldmember)

'Solitaire for 2' (of which he wrote the novelisation)

'Leon the Pig Farmer'

and Neil helped Mike Myers with (uncredited) re-writes on 'So I Married An Axe Murderer'

Radio includes:

'Just a Minute'

'The News Quiz'


'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue'

'Loose Ends'

Neil wrote and presented the documentary 'Ten Years of the Comedy Store Players'.


Neil is married and lives in London. He is trustee of the Comedy School Charitable Trust and is a patron of One World Action ©2006-23 Improv Your Biz Ltd
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Richard Brimblecombe

Richard is a professional Actor who specialises in helping people communicate more effectively.

His approach is highly practical and interactive and encourages people to actually do, rather than just discuss and theorise.

He is equally happy working with large groups or 1:1.

Over the last 20 years, he has worked across a broad spectrum of training from interviewing and recruitment, to leadership development and executive coaching.

Clients have included Shell, Schlumberger, Herbert Smith, BAe Systems, Deloitte and the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton.

He still works and develops his skills as an actor, and regularly works as a voice over artist.

Gillian King

Gillian is an actor, theatre director and corporate trainer. She combines elements of acting training and rehearsal technique (in a supportive style) to work with people in business settings on leadership and communication.

Gillian has worked as a facilitator, trainer and business coach since the mid- nineties. Her work has covered presentation skills, personal impact and influence, team building, storytelling, diversity and inclusion, appraisal training, performance management, gravitas/resilience and leadership training.

Gill has worked with organisations in both the public and private sector, including most city banks, the top four accountancy, legal and management consultancy firms. Public sector includes the NHS, police force, local government and charities. Her work takes her across the UK and Europe and this last year she has been a guest speaker on leadership for several global organisations.

As an actor and director, Gill has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and many regional theatres. The work has been diverse; from directing opera to running workshops for lifers in prisons, directing in the West End and Broadway to Primary Schools, with a repertoire encompassing classics, new writing and dance. She has directed in New York and most recently in Moscow.