Mike O'Brien (actor)

Michael Patrick O'Brien[1] (born June 22, 1976),[2] is an American actor, writer, and comedian known for his work as a writer and short filmmaker on Saturday Night Live. He is the creator of the 2018 NBC comedy series A.P. Bio.

Mike O'Brien
Birth nameMichael Patrick O'Brien[1]
Born (1976-06-22) June 22, 1976 (age 43)[2]
Blissfield, Michigan, United States
MediumTelevision, film, acting, writing
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
GenresImprovisational comedy, sketch comedy
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
A.P. Bio


O'Brien was born in Blissfield, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, where he majored in film-video and was the founder and editor of a monthly comedy newspaper named The Anti-Daily.[3]

O'Brien moved to Chicago and began taking improv and sketch classes. At iO Chicago he performed with a group called The Reckoning (2001–present). He trained at the Second City in Chicago, eventually joining the company's mainstage, where he performed for one year as a part of "America: All Better".[4]

Saturday Night LiveEdit

O'Brien worked as a staff writer on Saturday Night Live for seven seasons, joining the show in 2009, and also appeared as a featured player for the 2013–14 season.[5][6][7] After his sole season as a featured player, he left the cast but continued to write for the show in his final season from 2014 to 2015.[8] Some of O'Brien's sketches include "Monster Pals" starring James Franco as well as "Puppet Class" starring Bill Hader. His short films "Grow a Guy" and "The Jay-Z Story" were each given the title card, "A Mike O'Brien Picture" in season 40.[9] After leaving the writing staff in season 41, O'Brien has continued to contribute short films under the title, A Mike O'Brien Picture.

7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'BrienEdit

In 2011, O'Brien introduced 7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien, a comedy routine in which he interviews celebrities in a closet and closes by trying to kiss the celebrity.[10][11][12]

Tasty RadioEdit

In 2015, Mike released a comedy sketch album entitled Tasty Radio, which features Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis, Vanessa Bayer, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Jorma Taccone, John Lutz and Scarlett Johansson.[13]

A.P. BioEdit

In 2018, he created the comedy series A.P. Bio, starring Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt. O'Brien's former SNL colleagues Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers are also executive producers on the show. The series premiered on February 1, 2018. The series was cancelled after two seasons on May 24, 2019. On July 17, 2019, it was announced that A.P. Bio would return for a third season on NBCU's forthcoming streaming platform known as Peacock in 2020.[14]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Bradford (August 23, 2013). "'SNL' Writer Michael Patrick O'Brien Is Also Joining the Cast as a Featured Player". Splitsider. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Mike O'Brien Bio | Featured Player | Saturday Night Live". NBC. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "'Alumni Profile: SNL's Mike O'Brien'". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "'IO Profile'".
  5. ^ Bryan, Claire (December 5, 2013). "Alumni Profile: SNL Featured Player Mike O'Brien". The Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mike O'Brien, Featured Player". NBC Universal. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  7. ^ Gus Wezerek (December 14, 2019). "The 'S.N.L.' Stars Who Lasted, and the Ones Who Flamed Out". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 14, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019. Some of the names here will be familiar only to die-hard fans; others, like Murphy, defined what was funny for generations of viewers.
  8. ^ "Mike O'Brien Will Not Return As SNL Player".
  9. ^ "Breakding Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to SNL Season 39".
  10. ^ Matheson, Whitney (August 1, 2011). "Watch stars talk (not make out) on '7 Minutes in Heaven'". USA Today.
  11. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (April 4, 2012). "'Seven Minutes in Heaven': The not-so-fine art of the awkward kiss". Chicago Tribune.
  12. ^ "SNL Writer Mike O'Brien Talks Getting Trapped in the Closet with Kristen Wiig on New Show". Huffington Post. July 31, 2011.
  13. ^ Wright, Megh (October 30, 2015). "Mike O'Brien's Sketch Comedy Album "Tasty Radio" Is Out Today". Splitsider.com.
  14. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ap-bio-revived-season-3-nbcuniversals-streaming-service-1224478

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