Michael William Day (born March 20, 1980) is an American actor, comedian and writer. A native of Orange County, California, Day studied theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a Groundlings alumnus. He went on to write for several television shows. He joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in its 39th season, became a featured player in its 42nd, and was promoted to a repertory player beginning with its 44th.
Day (right) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2019
Michael William Day
March 20, 1980
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
Early life and educationEdit
Day was born March 20, 1980, in Orange County, California. He attended Panorama Elementary School and later graduated from El Modena High School in Orange, where he was involved in the drama program and the associated student body. He wrote comedic sketches for monthly assemblies and made the theme for his homecoming "Batman". Day graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in theater.
Day began his career with the Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improvisational theater group. With the Groundlings, Day and Michael Naughton wrote and co-starred in David Blaine Street Magic, a parody of magician David Blaine, portrayed by Mitch Silpa. The video, posted to YouTube, was once one of the most-viewed videos on the site.
Day was an original cast member on the Nick Cannon's improvisational comedy series Wild 'n Out on MTV. He played various characters in the Groundling stage show Groundlings, In The Study, With The Candlestick in early 2009 and directed Groundlings Space Camp. Day wrote for Showtime's The Underground in 2006.
Day starred in NBC's Kath & Kim remake (2009), wrote for and co-produced the Cartoon Network show Incredible Crew (2013), and wrote for Adult Swim's Robot Chicken in 2014. Day hosted a recurring segment parodying TMZ from 2010 to 2013 on The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Day was a featured cast member of NBC variety show Maya & Marty, alongside Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, and Kenan Thompson. He also served as one of the show's co-head writers.
2013–present: Saturday Night LiveEdit
Day was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2013 for its 39th season. He wrote many sketches featuring cast member & former Wild 'n Out co-star Taran Killam, with whom he wrote the screenplay to Brother Nature (2016).
He was promoted to featured player for season 42. For his audition, he impersonated Donald Trump Jr. and SNL actor Kyle Mooney. His debut appearance was in season 42's first episode, October 1, 2016, hosted by Margot Robbie. Bobby Moynihan, Streeter Seidell, and Day wrote the sketch "Haunted Elevator" for the October 22, 2016 episode of SNL. Starring Tom Hanks as David S. Pumpkins, Day played one of two dancing skeletons in the sketch. The sketch went viral, and he reprised the role for The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special (2017).
- Celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live
- Steve Bannon (dressed as the Grim Reaper)
- Matt Duffer
- Joseph Dunford
- Michael Flynn
- Willie Geist
- Prince Harry
- Pee-Wee Herman
- Tim Kaine
- Steve King
- Greg Lee
- Roy Moore
- John Oliver
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Paul Ryan
- Donald Trump Jr.
- Joe Manchin III
- Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live
Day is in a relationship with actress Paula Christensen. Their son was born in August 2012.
|2006||Totally Awesome||Charlie Gunderson||Neal Brennan||TV movie|
|2010||Nathan vs. Nurture||Daniel Bennett||James Burrows||TV movie|
|2016||Brother Nature||Thomas Jefferson||Osmany Rodriguez
|2017||The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special||Left Skeleton||Don Roy King||TV movie; also writer|
|2019||Brittany Runs a Marathon||Dev||Paul Downs Colaizzo|
|2019||Little||Connor||Tina Gordon Chism|
|TBA||Hubie Halloween||Steven Brill||Post-production|
|1999||The Mike & Ben Show||Various|
|2004||Angel||O'Shea||Episode: "Why We Fight"|
|2004||Faking the Video||Fake PA|
|2004||World Cup Comedy||Himself|
|2005–2014, 2018||Wild 'n Out||Himself||Also consulting producer|
|2005||Reno 911!||School Guy||Episode: "The Prefect of Wanguani"|
|2006||The Underground||Various||11 episodes; also writer|
|2007||Short Circuitz||Himself||Also consultant writer|
|2007||Say What? Karaoke 2.0||Himself|
|2008||Kath & Kim||Craig|
|2011||Friends with Benefits||Derek||Episode: "The Benefit of Forgetting"|
|2012||Animation Domination High-Def||Professor Oak||2 episodes; TV mini-series|
|2013||Incredible Crew||Comsos Megahead/Fred Johnson/Lifeguard||Also supervising producer, writer|
|2014–2018||Robot Chicken||Various characters||Voice role; also writer|
|2016||Maya & Marty||Himself/Various||Also co-head writer|
|2016–present||Saturday Night Live||Himself/Various||Also writer|
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