Derek Loughran has performed for over 30 years as a mime, actor, and dancer in Film and TV, as well as trade shows, corporate events, and parties.
He has delighted folks ranging from small groups at parties to crowds numbering in the thousands. Derek can take center stage and entertain the entire audience or he can amuse individuals and small gatherings as a strolling performer.
TV and Film credits in which Derek has performed as a Mime include:
Red Hot American Summer - TV
I Bet You - Mojo Channel
Talk Show with Spike Fereston (Fox)
That 70’s Show (Fox)
The Golden Girls (NBC)
In Living Color (Fox)
Doctor Doctor (CBS)
Dreamer of Oz (NBC) the Tin Man
and much more...
I am a 7th grader who is in the film academy and I am learning about filmmaking. I was working on my new short film and I decided to check out Derek’s page to look for an actor. I was very excited when Derek answered to my request!
It was impressive by how professional he was on the set but more importantly, on how enthusiastic and supportive he was with my project. Derek is a great collaborator! I learned a lot from him. He added a lot of interesting gags and improvements to the original idea. We met up and he had a wonderful aura around him, his smile brightened up the whole set! Derek is a wonderful person and is always ready to help people, it wouldn’t be the same without him.
Because of Derek’s amazing performance, I have achieved getting my film into my school festival! I am so grateful to Derek and because of his effort, I feel much more confident in filmmaking!
I hope I will have another chance to work with Derek again.
I have had the pleasure of working with Derek the Mime in two ocassions and I can just say he is the best! I was very lucky to come across his Gigsalad ad last December 2015 when I was looking for a mime for our corporate Holiday celebration. He responded to my booking request very quickly and provided all the information I needed, from the begining he was very professional. We had many entertainers at our celebration, but I can definately say Derek the Mime was everyone's favorite. He found the way to make everyone laugh and went the extra mile to make our celebration fun and unique. When the time came to plan our 2016 holiday celebration without a doubt I contacted Derek again, it was no surprise to see that again, everyone loved him. Derek not only greeted our guests and got many laughs out, but he also participated in our awards ceremony, raffle, dinner, and party! He sure goes out of his way to make sure everyone enjoys every moment of the celebration. Thank you Derek, looking forward to having you again at the end of the year!
Derek was very professional and fun! We had 7 year olds to 90 year olds at our party (and everything between) and he entertained them all! He also worked with me and went over details ahead of time so he could really get a feel for what I wanted at the event. I'd definitely hire Derek again. Thank you Derek!
Response from Derek the Mime:
Thank you Ilene. It was a pleasure entertaining your family and friends.
I'm a professional photographer and recently had the opportunity to work with Derek Loughran, an extraordinary mime. He was laugh-out-loud great and more than a great mime. His comedic timing was unbelievable. He sees opportunities that most others miss. With slapstick comedy, he quietly steals the show, without the show having any idea he's even there. Derek is by far the best silent bang for the buck. Jim Dorsey Photography
Response from Derek the Mime:
Thank you Jim. Such praise coming from another professional means a lot. Best regards, Derek
We had Derek come in for our Monte Carlo fundraiser event. He was fabulous, creative, interactive, and very funny. He interacted with the entire room and helped make a good night great. One thing I noticed, was our guests stayed much longer at our event. I recommend you hire Derek for your next event. You will thank me.
From the moment Derek started he was very entertaining especially for the parents who had kids painting .. but the kids were just as amused as he walked around ! Very helpful as well throughout the party ... everyone enjoyed his presence ....
Derek can work with any number of people. He is very kind and helpful and works with all of your specific needs. I would absolutely hire him again.
We recently had a Birthday Party for our Grandmother who was Celebrating her 100th Birthday.
We thought a Mime would be great addition to the party. Finding Derek was a blessing.
Derek was very professional and not to mention, a great performer. He interacted with all of our guests, as well as with the Mariachi group that was performing, it was great! Our guests really loved him.
Thank you Derek and GIG Salad,
You helped make our Grandmother's 100th Birthday Celebration a memorable one!
We threw a goodbye party for friends. It was at the beach and had a mixture of adults and kids of all ages. Despite difficult situations, Derek had everyone entertained and captivated for 3 hours. Derek worked through the sand, power failures and kindergarten aged children hanging on his legs. He had several gags that were hilarious and his spontaneous and impromptu jokes were fantastic. His ability to keep children, young adults and the grownups engaged and entertained for the entire time was nothing short of amazing. We will definitely be using Derek the Mime again in the future, hopefully soon!
I hired Derek the Mime for my Daughter's birthday party. He was a wonderful addition to the party. All of the third graders were very engaged in his performance. I also had a fabulous balloon guy, Buster Balloon and when he was through with his show I was really happy to have Derek there entertaining all the kids standing in line waiting for their fabulous balloon creation.
Many of the children never saw a mime before, I was very happy that I was able to provide them with that experience, and that they also enjoyed it as well.
We recently booked Derek for our Annual fundraiser. Our theme was soiree in Paris and I was looking for a french mime artist.
He certainly pulled out all the stops for our event. He entertained our guests while they were waiting to check in, he danced with them and improvised to perfection. He was an absolute joy to watch and really added the icing on the cake! I would highly recommend him and most certainly book him again!
Derek was fantastic. He was there for our corporate event.
He helped everyone get organized, and kept everyone involved. He created many lasting memories for our group.
Our residents have not stopped talking about Derek! They can not wait for him to come back and entertain them again. His interactions with the residents had them in stitches, and staff members could not get enough of him. When we book entertainment for our residents, our number one priority is interaction, and Derek hit it out of the ballpark. Derek I can not thank you enough for filling their day with laughter. Bravo Derek...... Bravo!!
Derek was great. He had such great spontaneity he had our guests laughing throughout the night. I would recommend Derek for your event.
I was blessed with an invite to the First Assy Church for "A Night in Paris" and Derek was the hired mime. From the moment our eyes met I was full of laughter and joy! He was non-stop active, engaging and utterly hilarious. In the french setting we were in line for crepes, he stood with us and played with many in line with various paraphernalia that had everyone in stitches. Derek made the night so enjoyable would hire him anytime for corporate or personal events. He truly is an artist at what he does!
Derek The Mime enchanted our 40+ guests (professional society) at our annual holiday reception! In addition to his superior repertoire, Derek showed a rare appreciation for aligning the need for levity with the particular moment of the evening. Just as I would highly recommend him for a birthday party, I would urge anyone in the business world to retain him if you want your guests to actually be amused by the mandatory speeches! An exceptional artist.
Derek performed my daughter's 13th birthday/ Bat Mitzvah party last week with over 100 guests at a night club. My guests were so entertained and just couldn't stop laughing from his performance !
Derek was a pleasure to work . He is personable, super professional , arrived early , was present 100% of the time to everything that was going on at the party, he is super talented , and lots of fun !!
I recommend Derek highly and plan to use him for many more events .
Two thumbs up Derek . You rocked it .
Derek is absolutely awesome and entertained hundreds of women at my 10th Annual Girlfriends Luncheon! Fantastic entertainment!!
Derek aims to please! Our event was a 40th anniversary celebration for the Board of REALTORS® in Southwest Riverside County. Derek had some great ideas of how to create enthusiasm from the crowd and was eager to learn what he could about our event and attendees. Many of our guests made a concerted effort to let me know after our event that Derek's acts helped make the evening especially fun for them. HATS off, Derek and thanks for being great to work with and for helping to make our celebration even more FUN!
My son hired Derek to entertain at our 3-year old grandson's birthday party, and he was excellent! He had routines for all the ages there, and there was a range from 3 to 80. Our grandson was transfixed - and immediately responded to the game of catch with an imaginary ball. He wandered around from table to table (we were in a restaurant patio) to involve everyone. He was able to pick up on and capitalize on things that were going on in the crowd -- he is very quick and terrifically funny. I haven't laughed that hard in ages, and I have a pretty funny family.
Coordinated a 40th Birthday, French-themed celebration for a friend. Hired Derek to entertain guests; he was awesome and added the finishing touch to our event. Thanks Derek!
My daughter wanted a "Paris Party" for her 9th birthday and invited the whole 3rd grade class. When I told her I hired a mime artist, her reaction was a "how could you mom?!" scrunched up face. She was not so sure what would happen and what her friends would think...the teenage years apparently start at 9. Well, this party turned out superbly. The kids absolutely loved Derek wandering around and entertianing them with his physical jokes, magic, bubbles and general messing with their friends. Derek's skits were imaginative, funny and had the attention of every child. The audience watched silently until they burst out laughing. Many kids thanked me and said, almost with surprise, that this was the best party they had ever been to.
We were hosting a "Meet the Neighbors" block party for clients and their families. We had a food truck and three piece band.. The idea of having Derek was a whim when I saw his promo on the Crepes Bonapart website. This was the best idea! Derek added a level of entertainment and he engaged our clients from ages 2 to 92. He interacted with the band, and amped the energy of our soire. We are so happy with Derek and unhesitatingly recommend him.
We were so lucky to find Derek! The Paris theme to our event wouldn't of been complete without his talent and added excitement...well over 400 people attended and I have received so many compliments on Derek's interaction with the crowd and humor. Job Well Done!
Derek went above and beyond our expectations! We hired him to perform for a birthday. He took information we gave him about the birthday boy and incorporated it into his act. Derek had us all in the palm of his hand, fantastic, professional and his act was SO funny!!
Derek came to entertain at our daughter's 18th birthday party. He was a huge hit despite their initial uncertainty with how to respond to a mime! He put on a show that was fantastic and super entertaining that also demonstrated his well-honed talent. It really got the party going. What was also great is how Derek worked honestly with us to plan what he would do based on the number of guests and the likelihood of success. He also did not push for more than the exact perfect amount of time. We would definitely hire him again for an event!
The best mime since Marcel Marceau.
I've never heard such laughter from an audience.
He interacted and delighted 30 people in wheelchairs
plus the staff and one deaf child, my son.
There is no one better.
Derek visited our company a few ago with the purpose of disrupting the day to day office routine. He was very successful. People have been talking about it non-stop since and we were very pleased with his overall performance. He is very knowledgable on the art of miming!
Our nonprofit hired Derek the Mime to perform at our annual gala. I had some preconceived notions about what Derek would be doing and he met and exceeded all expectations for a fun and engaging entertainer. So many guests commented that the performance added a great touch to the event. Best of all, the performance was underwritten by a special donor who knew the mime would be a perfect fit for our French cafe theme.
Derek is not only an amazing mime but he was very professional and polite. His instincts and humor were spot on. I'd hire him again in a second.
Probably what most of us wonder. Are we going to watch someone trying to escape out of a box all night? You would be wrong when it comes to Derek the Mime. He definitely is one that has put in the work to have the spirit of excellence he displays. His fast-paced wit and hilarious gags kept me laughing through the whole evening -- an awards dinner (not the most exciting of events). It got to the point that just watching him walk about the tables was entertaining so see how he would interact. To be able to makes other laugh without saying a word is no small feat and he was amazing. Do yourself a favor and have him at your next event. It is worth every penny. Cannot want to see him in action again.
Derick The Mime was amazing!!!! He performed for my daughters b-day on 1-1-16
He was on time and was extremely entertaining. His performance made me laugh out loud and had everyone's attention. His performance was a big hit with the crowd, I was very pleased ***** 5 stars MIME!!!
We hired Derek to add something special to our trade show booth. From the first communication, Derek was professional and easy to work with. He arrived early and was such a delight to our booth visitors. He had them laughing. He event entertained some of the children of the hotel guests where the convention was held. Derek is a great addition for any event and will make it special!
What a great job Derek the Mime did with working a surprise marriage proposal at a restaurant in Los Angeles for my good friend. He was so helpful in constructing the perfect scenario and very interested in the story line. He arrived on time...and did everything above and beyond to ensure this was a special event. Thank you Derek!
Derek performed yesterday for my wife's birthday party. About 150 guests. Really glad he came! Added a very nice and humorous touch to the party. And very professional. Thanks Derek!
Got Derek Through "Crepes Bonaparte" website. Having both crepes & Derek made my daughter's birthday perfect. All my guests love him. All the kids had fun. Some of the shy kids ended up coming out when they saw Derek performing.
Just used Derek for a filming gig. The client was so enamored with his performance, they want to book him for their event. He worked great with everyone and came up with some great gags. Spot on and had everyone on set in stitches.
I called Derek with an emergency request (another performer bailed out on me at the last minute). I had promised my daughter a French-themed party!
Derek the Mime really mesmerized the children (they were mostly girls in the 5-to-9 age group). The adults there also had great fun, and everyone was very pleased with his performance.
He was very professional and punctual; he accommodated me in his schedule even though it had to be "squeezed" in between his other gigs. He arrived on time, left on time, and billed me for the pre-arranged fee, which I found appropriate. I like it when I can count on someone to deliver a professional service.
Village School's Cultural Fair took place in May. One of the countries that we were representing during this event was France. We invited Derek as a Classic French Mime. Derek did a very challenging job as we had 300 children divided in several small groups and they were rotating in every 15 minutes. The students absolutely loved his performance. He engaged the students as well as the teachers in such a fun way. He was the highlight of this event and we are thankful that he made this event a huge success.
Derek was a hit a the Father Daughter Dance. All from young to old really enjoyed the performance. His quick response to fire drill amused many that they still talk about. Cpta definitely will consider him for future events!!!
We had a Parisian themed party for our family and Derek had everyone laughing from the 7 month old to the 78 year old. Amazingly talented at impromptu performance- he took his cues from the dynamics of the group and ran with it. He even had our dog convinced she was on a leash. (She wasn't.) We can't stop talking about how fun and great his performance was.
I hired Derek for our employee Christmas Party this past week. It was a brunch and the theme was "Christmas in Paris". We had about 150 employees that were about 25-65 years old. Derek arrived early and began working right away. He was dressed for our theme and even did a few "costume changes" during our event. He kept everyone entertained, was funny, professional, and did a fantastic job! I would hire him again for future events!
Derek entertained over 300 people at our holiday party. Excellent job! Very funny. He was able to improvise throughout the evening to keep it different. I received many compliments after the party about his performance.
I highly recommend Derek! I'm in my 30's and my birthday is Bastille Day (French Independence Day) so I threw a French themed party this summer complete with crepe chef, French films, French music, and... Derek! He really completed the theme by entertaining guests throughout the party and then putting on a hilarious show where he included my guests as participants. My friends are still talking about "the mime!" Derek was fantastic!
Derek did a fantastic job keeping kids & adults entertained for our son's 10th birthday party. My daughter who's 5 yrs old was deathly scared of any clowns. Derek was kind to show her what he looked like before putting on his make up. She felt at ease after that and wasn't scared one bit. Our guests ranging from newborn to 90+, were in awe with his performances. Everyone is still taking about Derek the mime!!! If we have another event, we'll definitely hire Derek in a heartbeat!
His daughter Jasmine, truly an artist, did a terrific job doing face painting/henna as well. None of the kids wanted to take off their make up at bedtime, including my staffs I hired to work the carnival booths. Jasmine is an amazing artist!!! I'm blessed to have such wonderful entertainers!
The first time I met my future husband, he stuck out like a sore thumb at the birthday party of a friend. The theme was black and white, and he took it to the extreme--he was dressed in full mime makeup, and didn't talk for three hours. When planning our wedding, we knew we needed a mime there to harass our friends!
Derek entertained our guests before the ceremony, acted as my flower girl in the ceremony (we turned the music off, of course!), and swooned and sillied our guests throughout and after cocktails and dinner. We could not have dreamed up a better entertainer. He was everything we'd hoped for multiplied by at least 10.
When he says mime extraordinare, he means it. He has clearly worked hard to earn that title! Easily the best money we spent. We're already dreaming up all kinds of other parties so we have an excuse to see him again. How great would he be at Thanksgiving?
Thank you so much for making our day so special, you were a huge part of it!
Derek did an excellent job at our gigantic non-profit organization event! His professionalism and ability to adapt to an amped up teen audience in a very chaotic setting is greatly appreciated!
Derek the Mime was hired for our Annual Employees Appreciation event. He was funny and creative with ongoing energy from start to finish, entertaining about 350 employees without fail. I could see that his main objective was to entertain and please the crowd. Everyone enjoyed watching his act while smiling or laughing. Derek is the perfect Mime!
I have never hired entertainment for my parties but given the opportunity I would definitely do it again. Derek was terrific with all age groups and made my sons graduation party something all of his guests will remember for a long time. He was funny, engaging, unique and full of surprises. He kept everyone on their toes. Truly a fun addition to our celebration.
We hired Derek the Mime as part of a school celebration of French-speaking cultures. He mingled among the students, and then performed a very entertaining show that had students beaming. He arrived promptly and was professional throughout his visit. Highly recommend.
When my daughter dreamed of her 16th birthday being a replica of the "Phantom of the Opera" masquerade ball my brain went into overdrive to make this party as authentic as possible. Hiring "Derek the Mime" was one of the best decisions I made for that night. For starters, he was professional, on time, and a non-stress element of the party, from my perspective. But most important was his ability to communicate with all the teens there - make them laugh, get them engaged in activities, keep them laughing and effortlessly wander through the party and entertain the crowd. So many of the guests had so much fun interacting him - and to have "teens" think "silent entertainment" is cool - is a feat to behold and an honor of the highest degree! He added color and just the right medieval masquerade touch to the evening. When he was finished he left as quietly as he came - no fuss, a final farewell and he was off. I have hired many an entertainer though my children's lifes for various birthday parties and 'Derek the Mime" ranks among the very best in talent as well as reliability and repsonsibility. I give him a solid 10 and recommend him for any event!
I have a friend who is wealthy....and I really did not know what to give him for a 65th birthday present.
So the idea of a mime hit me one night as I was trying to go to sleep....
I went online and found Gigsalad...and Derek.
Friends were invited over for drinks to his Beverly Hills House - 7 of us - for an hour before going to Boa (restaurant on Sunset) for dinner..
All I can say was Derek totally blew my friends mind...as he was SUCH a surprise...and SOOO GOOD...SOO Talented.....
My friend WILL NEVER forget this experience.....as there is NO money or gift that could have given SOO MUCH!!!
Derek has a VERY UNIQUE Talent...that one seldom encounters.
I cannot recommend him more highly!!
City of Mission Viejo hosted a "Prelude in the Park" with a creative Parisian theme. Derek engaged with the community, danced with patrons, and demonstrated his talent. We will definitely have him back for future events. He was reliable, communicated well and lived up to his reputation of excellence.
Derek's work re invents the traditional idea of the mime genre. He is one of those very rare performers that can make something happen from nothing, and make it fit the moment perfectly to great hilarity. He reads his audience brilliantly, and has the ability to change his performance depending on the nature of the audience, venue or occasion. Dereks' work is as comfortable in roving/walk about situations as it is in a focused staged performance. Most importantly, he has the right amount of modern "edge", to suit all audiences, young or old. His work is a must have for any event.
Derek the Mime was so entertaining! My daughter was turning one and she had a French Themed Birthday Party. We had appetizers, a chocolate fountain, French music, Crepes Bonaparte was catering the event, and we even had a caricature artist for the kids and their parents. We wanted to hire a Mime to complete the event and add the final touch. Derek really delivered! He entertained the kids and adults for hours. He was a complete surprise to everyone because we didn't tell anyone that he would be there. He even capped off the event with a funny show that made the adults and children laugh. What more can I say? If you want to be entertained for any event, Derek's your guy! I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.
We hired Derek to entertain at a holiday party and he was great! The nice thing about Derek is that you can let him loose and do his thing, no worries. He mingled with the crowd; did a show for the kids; and then performed for the adults. He had everyone laughing! Highly recommend!
Derek was such an amazing performer. He was the hit of my daughters party. We had all the guests laughing and engaged with his performance. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to have a talented mime.
I booked Derek for my sister-in-laws 30th birthday party. It was a surprise for her and she absolutely loved it. We had more than 25 people and every single one of them approached me and told me how much they loved the mime act. Derek the Mime was professional, prompt and most of all hilarious throughout the entire process.
I have to admit, getting Derek to entertain our guests for the party was a genious idea on my part.
I am an event planner who hired Derek for a 300 guest "Le Cirque" themed event. My client & I could not have been more thrilled by his amazing, clever performance...Derek really knows how to work a crowd & looks great too!
Derek the Mime is a wonderful,spontaneous and extremely funny entertainer. I hired him to surprise my sister for her birthday dinner which was held in a small French restaurant. There were times when not only our table, but the entire restaurant was howling with delight. The restaurant owner and staff thoroughly enjoyed the evening as well. Derek has my strongest recommendation. Don't even think twice. Hire him if you get the chance.