Colton attended Newton North High School, where he wrote a humor column for the student newspaper. He graduated from Harvard University, where he was an editor at both the Harvard Lampoon and the Harvard Crimson.
He married lawyer and Harvard alum Carla Pereira on May 30, 2004.
Colton has co-written the movies A Futile and Stupid Gesture, The Penguins of Madagascar and The Comebacks. They have also written for the television shows Allen Gregory, Sit Down, Shut Up, Childrens Hospital, Newsreaders, and Leverage.
In the late 1990s, Colton was a journalist at The Washington Post. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The New York Observer, the Washington City Paper, Brill's Content, and McSweeney's.
During the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007–2008, Colton and Aboud created the website AMPTP.com, a parody of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers' official website, AMPTP.org.
Colton scored a 1600 on the SAT and was a contributor to an SAT guidebook entitled "Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT."
|2003||VH1 Big in 03||Consultant|
|2004||The Wrong Coast||Writer|
|2004||I Love the '90s||Himself/Panelist|
|2005||Last Laugh '05||Consultant|
|2005||CMT: 20 Merriest Christmas Videos||Himself|
|2005||I Love the '90s: Part Deux||Himself|
|2005||I Love the '80s 3-D||Himself|
|2005||I Love the Holidays||Himself|
|2006||I Love Toys||Himself|
|2006||I Love the 70s: Volume 2||Himself|
|2008||I Love the New Millennium||Himself|
|2008||Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins||Himself|
|2009||Sit Down, Shut Up||Executive Story Editor, Writer|
|2009||Black to the Future||Himself|
|2009||The Great Debate||Himself|
|2009||100 Most Shocking Music Moments||Himself|
|2010||Leverage||Executive Story Editor, Writer|
|2010||A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti||Himself|
|2011||Allen Gregory||Writer, Co-Producer|
|2014||I Love the 2000s||Himself|
|2016||Zoolander: Super Model||Writer, Producer|
|2014||The Penguins of Madagascar||Writer|
|2017||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Writer, Executive Producer|
- "About Us". coltonaboud.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- "Michael Colton". Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- "His job is a joke". The Boston Globe. October 19, 2004. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Carla Pereira, Michael Colton". The New York Times. May 30, 2004. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- "Michael Colton '97". Harvardwood. February 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- "Welcome To AMPTP.com (not AMPTP.org)". Deadline. December 10, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- "amptp.net". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Inside Modern Humorist with Co-Founders Michael Colton and John Aboud". Splitsider. April 28, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- Colton & Aboud homepage
- Modern Humorist
- A Moveable Feast: With Absolutely No Cash, A Reporter Gets Fed For A Week
- Michael Colton in the New York Times Magazine (Jan. 21, 2007)
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