After a short stint as a carny, and lawn maintenance business co-manager – Teddy and Freddy’s Awesome Lawn Care in Massena, NY – alongside his grandfather, Michael decided manual labor wasn’t his desired long term job sector of choice, and enrolled at Ithaca College to study Communications and hit baseballs. Upon graduation, and the harsh realization that came with a minor league baseball tryout, he moved to LA to put his ample noggin’ to use in more creative endeavors as a production assistant at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno… where he couriered communication, acquired sustenance, disinfected potentially hazardous environments, and starred as an instantly forgettable Hawaiian shirted traveler mowed down by the Diana Ross Butt Kickin’ Robot.
A year later he took an assistant position with the fine folks at Stone Stanley Entertainment, and eventually spent 4 1/2 years as a development exec, rising to the rank of VP of Development at the age of 25.96 years. During his stint at Stone Stanley, and later Stone and Company Entertainment, Michael developed and produced shows including SpikeTV’s Joe Schmo 1 and 2, Comedy Central’s The Man Show, and Nick@Nite’s Hi-Jinks.
In late 2006 he decided to chuck financial security to pursue his passion for writing, producing, and directing. This led him to form, TheKommune.com, a no money funny comedy collective that currently consists of six series – Quancy Time, Float Away: The Craig Gregg Story, Buck OFF!, sluttySTARR, cut-rate DATES, and Killing Andy Warhol – that he conceived, birthed, and delivered.
Recently, Michael co-created, wrote, directed, and produced LA Comedy “Best of the Fest” selection, NONtourage, starring Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (Step Up 3D, So You Think You Can Dance). He also co-created and sold digital comedy series, Stripperpedia, to Sony International. Yes, Momma Fred is especially proud of that one.
He loves food and the denuded female form… but never together… and would check ‘strongly agree’ in response to, “I hate writing in the third person,” on a Likert questionnaire.