Michael J. is a tad too proud of his hometown of Fridley, Minnesota (Ward 3, Precinct 2) and annoyingly brings it up in conversations lasting longer than 7 minutes. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) where he majored in Religious Studies, minored in Theatre, and amateured in filmmaking (check out The NC). At Gustavus, he co-hosted the talk radio show Yoshi and Mike's Super Fantastic Happy Hour, was an active member of the social justice theatre troupe I Am We Are, co-created the immigration documentary The Changing Face Of America, studied abroad in India and performed in seven theatrical productions and 15 shows/workshops with I Am We Are.
After graduating from Gustavus in 2008 with a 9.4 GPA, Michael worked for CLIMB Theatre as an Actor-Educator. At CLIMB, he had the privilege of performing skits and leading discussions for K-12 students on topics like bullying, respect, and higher education. This experience reiterated what social justice theatre had taught him: acting has the unique ability to impact lives by showing a story instead of simply telling one. "Huh," Michael thought, "What if I pursued storytelling that reached a larger, more diverse audience...wait a minute, what's that smell- did I leave the stove on again?" The stove was on, but more importantly, his drive to positively influence an industry was too (cue John Williams music). So, in the fall of 2009, Michael gave in to his vendetta against the stereotype of a narcissistic Hollywood and headed out West to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Michael has acted in over 80 film, television, commercial, theatrical, adult (just making sure you're paying attention...meaning it's a joke, Mom), industrial, and internet productions. Notable appearances include co-starring on NBC's Chuck as a CIA Tech, ABC's Body Of Proof as Larry the Slacker; modeling items on an April Fool's episode of the "Price Is Right;" and playing a Zombie (MTV), Pizza Delivery Guy (DiGiorno's), and Schlub (Hoover) in national TV commercials. He also has auditioned for films like 2012 Oscar winner The Artist and nowhere near Oscar-winning Men In Black III; TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Parks & Recreation (NBC), Shameless (Showtime) as well as for series regulars on multiple television pilots. Michael also performs improv regularly with Monkey Butler Comedy (check out his Facebook page for show updates)
Wait a minute- all this jabbering about acting, but didn't you say he writes too? Sure did. Michael focuses his writing efforts on short stories, sketches and poetry. Most recently, he has showcased some of his material at the pinnacle of all comedy venues: Open Mic nights.
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