Michael Colton

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Michael Colton (born 1975) is a screenwriter.[1] With John Aboud, he was a regular commentator on Best Week Ever and other VH1 shows, including I Love the '80s.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Colton attended Newton North High School, where he wrote a humor column for the student newspaper.[3] He graduated from Harvard University, where he was an editor at both the Harvard Lampoon and the Harvard Crimson.[3]

He married lawyer and Harvard alum Carla Pereira on May 30, 2004.[4]


Colton has co-written the films A Futile and Stupid Gesture,[5] 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.[1]

In the late 1990s, Colton was a journalist at The Washington Post.[6] 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.[1]

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.[7][8]

From 2000 to 2003, Colton and Aboud ran Modern Humorist, an entertainment company based in Brooklyn, NY best known for its online magazine.[3][9]



Year Title Role
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
2010 Undateable Himself
2011 Allen Gregory Writer, Co-Producer
2014 I Love the 2000s Himself
2014 Newsreaders Writer
2015 Childrens Hospital Writer
2016 Zoolander: Super Model Writer, Producer
2017 The Fake News With Ted Nelms Writer


Year Title Role
2007 The Comebacks Writer
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Writer
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Writer, Executive Producer


  1. ^ a b c "About Us". coltonaboud.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Michael Colton". Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "His job is a joke". The Boston Globe. October 19, 2004. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Carla Pereira, Michael Colton". The New York Times. May 30, 2004. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (March 16, 2016). "Will Forte to Star as 'National Lampoon' Co-Founder in Netflix Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Michael Colton '97". Harvardwood. February 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Welcome To AMPTP.com (not AMPTP.org)". Deadline. December 10, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "amptp.net". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Inside Modern Humorist with Co-Founders Michael Colton and John Aboud". Splitsider. April 28, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2015.

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