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Michael William Day (born March 20, 1980) is an American actor, comedian and writer. He is a current cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL).

Mikey Day
Born Michael William Day
(1980-03-20) March 20, 1980 (age 38)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Day is a Groundlings alumnus and has written for several television shows. He joined SNL as a writer in its 39th season and became a featured player in its 42nd.

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Early life and educationEdit

Day was born March 20, 1980, in Orange County, California.[1] He attended Panorama Elementary School around 1990[2] 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.[3]

CareerEdit

Day began his career with the Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improvisational theater group.[4] 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.[5]

Day was a cast member on the Nick Cannon's improvisational comedy series Wild 'n Out on MTV beginning in 2005.[2][4] He played various characters in the Groundling stage show Groundlings, In The Study, With The Candlestick in early 2009 and directed Groundlings Space Camp.[2] Day wrote for Showtime's The Underground in 2006.[6]

Day starred in NBC's Kath & Kim remake (2009),[4] wrote for and co-produced the Cartoon Network show Incredible Crew (2013),[7] and wrote for Adult Swim's Robot Chicken in 2014.[6] Day hosted a recurring segment parodying TMZ from 2010 to 2013 on The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[3][8] 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.[9]

2013–present: Saturday Night LiveEdit

Day was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2013 for its 39th season.[7] He wrote many sketches featuring cast member Taran Killam, with whom he wrote the screenplay to Brother Nature (2016).[10]

He was promoted to featured player for SNL season 42.[11] For his audition, he impersonated Donald Trump Jr. and SNL actor Kyle Mooney.[12] His debut appearance was in the first episode of the season, on October 1, 2016, hosted by Margot Robbie.[6][13] 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.[14] The sketch went viral, and he reprised the role for The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special (2017).[15][16]

Celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live
Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live
  • Greg Duncan, one half of the Duncans, a couple whose forays into spicing up their sex life leave Greg seriously and comically injured by his shy, yet intimidating wife, Shelley (Leslie Jones)[30]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Director Notes
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
Matt Villines
Also writer
2017 The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special Left Skeleton Don Roy King TV movie; also writer
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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 Totally Awesome Charlie
2006 The Underground Various 11 episodes; also writer
2007 Short Circuitz Himself Also consultant writer
2007 Say What? Karaoke 2.0 Himself
2007 Online Nation Dave
2008 Bar Starz Cole
2008 Kath & Kim Craig
2010–2013 Mad Various Voice role
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 Idiotsitter Episode: "Ex-Boyfriend"
2016 Maya & Marty Himself/Various Also co-head writer
2016–present Saturday Night Live Himself/Various Also writer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mikey Day". nbc.com. NBCUniversal. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Larsen, Peter (July 31, 2009). "Comic actor Mikey Day wants to make you laugh". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b DeLillo, Joe (April 1, 2014). "Writer gives 'SNL' some Orange flavor". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Fox, Jesse David (September 9, 2016). "Writer Mikey Day to Join Saturday Night Live Cast". Vulture.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Lynch, Rene (June 22, 2008). "Like magic, Groundlings turn viral". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d Baysinger, Tim (October 1, 2016). "Meet the New 'SNL' Castmembers: Who are Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Evans, Bradford (August 23, 2013). "'Wild N Out's Mikey Day Hired to Write for 'SNL'". Splitsider. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ Getlen, Larry (September 13, 2009). "Leno's team". New York Post. Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ "NBC tries for a little (more) variety with 'Maya & Marty'". Los Angeles Times. June 1, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ Maglio, Tony (September 9, 2016). "'SNL' Adds 'Wild 'N Out' Alum Mikey Day to Cast". The Wrap. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ O'Keefe, Meghan (September 9, 2016). "'Saturday Night Live' Reportedly Adds 2 New Castmembers: Chris Redd & Mikey Day". Decider. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Mike (May 16, 2017). "Inside The Delightfully Weird Mind Of Mikey Day". Uproxx. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  13. ^ Evans, Greg (October 2, 2016). "'SNL' Surprise: Newcomers Mikey Day, Alex Moffat & Melissa Villaseñor Actually Make Good, Strong Impressions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  14. ^ Fox, Jesse David (October 23, 2017). "An Oral History of 'David Pumpkins'". Vulture. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  15. ^ Love, Matthew (June 1, 2017). "The Rapid Rise of Mikey Day on Saturday Night Live". Vulture. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ Larsen, Peter (October 24, 2017). "How a Disney attraction inspired a viral 'Saturday Night Live' sketch, and other strange facts about that weird Tom Hanks-starring David S. Pumpkins bit". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  17. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "S.N.L.: Watch Alec Baldwin's Trump and a Ghoulish Steve Bannon Go to War". 
  18. ^ Anderton, Ethan (October 9, 2016). "LOL: 'Saturday Night Live' Gives A Sneak Peek At 'Stranger Things' Season 2". /Film. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  19. ^ Izadi, Elahe (November 20, 2016). "Fake Donald Trump returns to SNL, and the real one is not happy". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  20. ^ Chavez, Nicole (December 4, 2017). "'SNL' takes on Flynn's guilty plea in 'A Christmas Carol' sketch". CNN. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  21. ^ Evans, Greg (May 6, 2017). "'SNL': Kate McKinnon & Alex Moffat Unveil Heavy-Breathing 'Morning Joe' Routine". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  22. ^ Robinson, Joannna (January 21, 2018). "S.N.L. Debuts Wicked Prince William and Harry Impressions". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  23. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (November 11, 2017). "'Saturday Night Live': Jason Sudeikis Cameos as Joe Biden in Message from the DNC". Variety. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  24. ^ Caplan, David (May 7, 2017). "'Saturday Night Live' sketch asks 'Where in the world is Kellyanne Conway?'". ABC News. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  25. ^ Sollosi, Mary (November 12, 2017). "Saturday Night Live goes after Roy Moore in cold open". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  26. ^ Murrian, Samuel R. (November 12, 2017). "Saturday Night Live Recap: Tiffany Haddish Makes History, Roy Moore Dresses Like Woody, and Jeff Sessions Talks to a Possum". Parade. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  27. ^ Boyle, Alan; Bishop, Todd (January 20, 2018). "'Saturday Night Live' spoofs Amazon's HQ2 search as contenders shoot themselves in the foot". GeekWire. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Saturday Night Live – Season 42". thepopbreak.com. November 11, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  29. ^ Robinson, Joanna (May 13, 2017). "S.N.L.: Watch Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Humiliate Paul Ryan". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  30. ^ Berkowitz, Joe (December 4, 2017). ""SNL" Is Totally Here For The Revenge Of Women". Fast Company. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 

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