Mikey Day

Michael William Day (born March 20, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer. 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.[1]

Mikey Day
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Michael William Day

(1980-03-20) March 20, 1980 (age 40)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer
Partner(s)Paula Christensen

Early life and educationEdit

Day was born March 20, 1980, in Orange County, California.[2] He attended Panorama Elementary School[3] and later graduated from El Modena High School, the same high school as actor Milo Ventimiglia 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.[4]


Day began his career with the Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improvisational theater group.[5] 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.[6]

Day was an original cast member on the Nick Cannon's improvisational comedy series Wild 'n Out on MTV.[3][5] He played various characters in the Groundling stage show Groundlings, In The Study, With The Candlestick in early 2009 and directed Groundlings Space Camp.[3] Day wrote for Showtime's The Underground in 2006.[7]

Day starred in NBC's Kath & Kim remake (2009),[5] wrote for and co-produced the Cartoon Network show Incredible Crew (2013),[8] and wrote for Adult Swim's Robot Chicken in 2014.[7] Day hosted a recurring segment parodying TMZ from 2010 to 2013 on The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[4][9] 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.[10]

2013–present: Saturday Night LiveEdit

Day was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2013 for its 39th season.[8] 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).[11]

He was promoted to featured player for season 42.[12] For his audition, he impersonated Donald Trump Jr. and SNL actor Kyle Mooney.[13] His debut appearance was in season 42's first episode, October 1, 2016, hosted by Margot Robbie.[7][14] 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.[15] The sketch went viral, and he reprised the role for The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special (2017).[16][17]

Celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live
Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live
  • Greg Duncan, one half of a couple whose forays into spicing up their sex life leave Greg seriously and comically injured by his shy, yet intimidating wife Shelley Duncan (Leslie Jones)[32]
  • Mort Fellner, a supercentenarian who reports on the achievements and experiences of fellow supercentenarians; however, each report culminates in revealing that the achievement is due to the subject dying.

Personal lifeEdit

Day is in a relationship with actress Paula Christensen. Their son was born in August 2012.[33]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2016 Brother Nature Thomas Jefferson Osmany Rodriguez
Matt Villines
Also writer
2019 Brittany Runs a Marathon Dev Paul Downs Colaizzo
Little Connor Tina Gordon Chism
TBA Hubie Halloween[34] Steven Brill Post-production
Home Alone Dan Mazer Filming; also writer
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Mike & Ben Show Various
2004 Angel O'Shea Episode: "Why We Fight"
Faking the Video Fake PA
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 Totally Awesome Charlie TV movie
The Underground Various 11 episodes; also writer
2007 Short Circuitz Himself Also consultant writer
Say What? Karaoke 2.0 Himself
Online Nation Dave
2008 Bar Starz Cole
Kath & Kim Craig 17 episodes
2010 Nathan vs. Nurture Daniel Bennett TV movie
2010–2013 Mad Various voices 27 episodes
2011 Friends with Benefits Derek Episode: "The Benefit of Forgetting"
2012 Animation Domination High-Def Professor Oak (voice) 2 episodes; TV mini-series
2013 Incredible Crew Cosmos Megahead/Fred Johnson/Lifeguard Also supervising producer, writer
2014–present Robot Chicken Various voices 14 episodes; also writer
2016 Idiotsitter Episode: "Ex-Boyfriend"
2016 Maya & Marty Himself/Various 6 episodes; also co-head writer
2016–present Saturday Night Live Himself/Various Also writer
2017 The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special Left Skeleton (voice) TV movie; also writer


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