Michael was born in 1958 on Fairchild Air force Base. His mom tells stories about when he was young he would imitate the airplane noises, jet engines, basically anything that made a sound he copied with sounds that came out of his mouth…there was never a dull moment!
After graduating High School and a short-lived college, he had his first professional performance at a club/theater in Boulder, Colorado named Tulagi’s. This was very exciting for him because Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Tommy Bolin and other famous bands played there.
He later performed in several local comedy clubs in Los Angeles. At this point in time, Bud Friedman, believed in him and featured in him in the famous EVENING AT THE IMPROV.
In 1984 he finally got his big opportunity when he was discovered by Director, Hugh Wilson and producer Paul Manslanski, who came to see him perform at Long Beach Theater were he was opening for the incomparable Count Basie & his Orchestra.
Needless to say, Wilson and Manslanski were blown away! They immediately wrote him into the script of the unforgettable “Police Academy I through VII” As soon as this movie came out and it became an instant success so did Michael! His celebrity status was in place. He then went to play a part in Mel Brooks “Spaceballs”. This film helped in furthering his spotlight as a unique comedienne. Michael was also heard, but not seen, when he gave the voice to Stripe, the evil little creature, in another Hit Movie “Gremlins”.
He also did voice-overs for Disney and Universal Studios in such rides as “Back to the Future and Terminator”.
Currently you can also hear him in the Television Hits “Robo Chicken and Family Guy” You cannot miss him on those great “Geico” commercials and in the spring of 2008 he graced the red carpet premiere of National Lampoons Robo Doc.
Michael, a master of vocal gymnastics, can imitate “over 1000 sound effects” using his voice alone. Whether he is recreating the frenzy of Jimmy Hendrix playing the guitar, or the roar of a jet plane, his talent is truly remarkable and his versatility admirable and enjoyable for all ages.