Michael Bishop (Born 8 September 1968) is an American musician. He attended Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Virginia. Most notably, he was the bass guitarist for the American heavy metal band GWAR. As a member of GWAR, he was the first to play the role of "Beefcake the Mighty". (During his stint however, he would spell it "Beefkake"). In addition to GWAR, Bishop played bass and sang lead vocals for Kepone. Bishop's first band was the Hopewell, VA-based hardcore outfit The Guilty.
The name of Beefcake was taken from Bishop's nickname during his punk years.
He is currently a teacher of music history at the University of Virginia, and is in the final year of his Ph.D. in that subject. He played with the Misery Brothers, a country/soul band local to Charlottesville, Virginia from 2007 to 2009. He currently performs with Sarah White and the Pearls.