L. Vaughan Spencer is the hilarious award-winning alter ego of Neil Mullarkey, the comedian you'll recognise from Austin Powers movies and Britain's top improv troupe The Comedy Store Players.
"A superb pastiche - 'Borat' meets 'The Office'." Sunday Times
"My favourite live business spoof of the year. The perfect antidote to the endless bogus management consultants and coaches who ply the corporate circuit." 'Sunday Telegraph.
L-Vo, as he likes to be known in a J-Lo kinda way, first arrived in a show called "Men Are From Mars, Neil Is From Surrey", in which Neil played L-Vo (aka The Gangsta Motivator because of his brilliant motivational raps) as well as some unfortunate people who had been to L-Vo's Succeeder Workshops. But audiences wanted to believe in L-Vo, so the other characters disappeared and the show became "Don't Be Needy Be Succeedy".
"Don't Be Needy Be Succeedy" won the Award for the Best Satire at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003..
The award recognises the remarkable achievement of Neil Mullarkey in the creation of life-coach extraordinaire L Vaughan Spencer, in a show which enlists the enthusiastic co-operation of his audience in a ruthless satire of self-improvement through the quality of Neil Mullarkey's comedic excellence and sharp, lyrical and gifted writing.
L. Vaughan Spencer has toured theatres across the UK and Ireland, as well as appearing before British, American and international conference audiences across the Northern Hemisphere.
"Neil Mullarkey is one of the most respected, gifted performers on the circuit. His character, L. Vaughan Spencer, has considerable mileage; full of quasi-fascistic psychobabble, he delivers some brilliantly breathless raps. Spencer does for motivational tree-hugging what Al Murray's Pub Landlord does for tin-pot barmen, twisting language until the laughs cascade. If Spencer is at one with his hair, Mullarkey is certainly at one with his craft. Eerily life-enhancing comedy." London Evening Standard