Mike worked as a stand-up comedian before segueing into improvisation and sketch.  He is a comedy writer, performer, director and producer. He has founded three comedy companies (Shock of the Funny, The Gay Mafia, and Angry Daddies).  He has produced close to 600 live shows in all kinds of venues.

       He created/exec produced all five of The Outlaugh Comedy Festival live events in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2012, and one-night events in 2013 and 2014. He created/exec produced Outlaugh The Movie, and "The Outlaugh Festival On Wisecrack" 8-episode television series on MTV's LOGO network. He produced Outlaugh 2009 as a live Multi-City Event in LA, NYC, and Lake Tahoe simultaneously.

       He currently produces "Comedy Smash" once a month at the Vidiots Annex in Santa Monica.



TELEVISION
     Creator/Exec Producer   OUTLAUGH FESTIVAL ON WISECRACK


FILM
     Creator/Exec Producer
OUTLAUGH!
     Creator/Exec Producer/Director/Writer/Lead
FIGHTING FRANKIE (new media - Comedy Vlog Series)


SKETCH COMEDY

     Creator/Exec Producer/Director/Writer - Live Shows


SHOCK OF THE FUNNY
     New York 1987-1992 (325 live shows)
     Head Writer - Sketch/Also developed original improv structures
     Lincoln Center, Stand-Up New York, St. Mark's Place Theater 

     Sketches include:

​     Dr. Bowel - Brain Science, Bob & Frosting (The Happiness Tent), NRA Date



THE GAY MAFIA
     Los Angeles 2002-2012 (200 live shows)
     Head Writer - Sketch/Also developed original improv structures
     The Improv, Renberg Theater, Highways, Second City, Ice House, Broward Center, MTV'S LOGO 

     Sketches:  

     Killer Lesbians From Vaginalis 12, Sissy Straight Guys, Mormon Polygamist Gay Marriage,              

     Hilga's Discount Beard Service,  Jim and Tim Horror Holiday, Sergio's Place (27 episodes),

     Frontier Gay Bar Shootout,  I'm A Big Friggin' Idiot, Brokeback Mtn: The Unseen Alternate Ending,

     Men Who Have Sex With Men But Who Are Not Gay, Hawaii Gay Guest House, PT Francis and Son



ANGRY DADDIES
     Los Angeles 2012 - present
     Head Writer - Sketch/Also developed original improv structures
     Asylum Theater, Highways Performance Space, Vidiots Annex, 

     Sketches and Videos:

​     Sure Shot Retirement, Operation Talk, Anti-Gay Cafe, App Wars



SITCOM      Spec Scripts (numerous) 

     WARNER BROTHERS COMEDY WRITERS WORKSHOP      
Graduated
     DISNEY'S SCRIPT WRITING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM        
Finalist


TV PILOT 
     ETC...Kimpton Productions


THEATER
     Writer - Comedy solo pieces and one-acts    

     MR. GAYHighways Performance Space
     THE BOB ZANY TELETHONACME Comedy Theater
     TABOOKI - DARK ACRESOpen Fist Theater Co.
     BAIT FOR DOGSBurbage Theater - LA
     PAST LIVESSt. Mark's Theater - NY
     THE HAPPINESS TENTSt. Mark's Theater - NY


WEB SERIES
     Writer     FIGHTING FRANKIE  (33 episodes)          

     Episodes include:

     Gay Children's Stories, The Haters, Go Go Boy Talk Show,  Don't Ask Don't Tell  Girlfriend 



BLOG (Comedy Fiction)
     Writer    SCREAMING IN THE CAR (100 entries)












CREDITS - WRITER/PRODUCER

Mike Player

Writer/Actor/Comedian/Oracle