Michael Kosta

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Michael Kosta
Michael Kosta 2017.jpg
Kosta in June 2017
Born (1979-09-27) September 27, 1979 (age 39)[citation needed]
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy, television

Michael Kosta (September 27, 1979) is an American stand-up comedian. He has hosted The Comment Section for the E! Network with producer Joel McHale as well as co-hosting Fox Sports 1’s Crowd Goes Wild. In July 2017, he joined The Daily Show as a correspondent.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kosta was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and went to Huron High School before attending the University of Illinois[2]. After earning a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications in 2002, Kosta played tennis on the ITF and ATP tour [3] for two years before being hired as the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach[4] for the University of Michigan. While he was the assistant coach, he began to explore his interest in stand-up comedy and performed at local comedy clubs on the side. In 2005, Kosta began a full-time job as a stand-up comic based in Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Stand-up comedy[edit]

American comedian Michael Kosta in January 2016

Kosta has had major appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,[5] Conan,[6] Chelsea Lately[7], and Late Night with Seth Meyers[8] as well as a half-hour Comedy Central special called Comedy Central Presents: Michael Kosta,[9] in January 2011. He has also made appearances on TruTV's World's Dumbest[10], performed at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen,[11] and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.[12] Kosta also shot a pilot with Comedy Central called Overloaded with Michael Kosta in fall 2011,[13] but as of October 2012, it has not been broadcast. In 2013, Kosta filmed his own mini-sitcom for network TV under the auspices of FOX's Shortcom Comedy Hour[14] with fellow comedians Neal Brennan, Dov Davidoff, Kevin Smith, and Ali Wong.

TV hosting[edit]

Kosta has hosted several TV shows:

Comedy albums[edit]

Comedy for Attractive People[23] is Kosta's first comedy album which was recorded live at The Comedy Store La Jolla. (2014) It was released by Comedy Dynamics.


On March 5, 2015, Kosta started the Worst Birthday Podcast with Michael Kosta[24] where he interviews comedians as they share their worst birthday experiences. Some notable show guests include Esther Povitsky, Brittany Furlan, Ben Gleib, and Tommy Johnagin. Since its inception, Kosta has produced and hosted more than 40 episodes all available on iTunes.[25]


Before comedy, Kosta played four years of collegiate tennis at the University of Illinois from 1998-2002 where he won four Big Ten Championships.[26] After college, he went on to play professional tennis earning a career-high ATP Tour ranking of No. 864[27] in singles and No. 336 in doubles. Kosta has also written a book on tennis called 101 Tips for Winning More Tennis Matches.[28]


  1. ^ Deb, Sopan (July 11, 2017). "Comedy Central Announces New 'Daily Show' Correspondent". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Illini Alum Michael Kosta to Debut on Crowd Goes Wild". University of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  3. ^ "Michael Kosta | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  4. ^ Spanninga, Josh. "Michael Kosta Comes Home to Michigan". revuewm.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  5. ^ "Show Tracker". LA Times. March 15, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "Michael Kosta". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  7. ^ "Michael Kosta LIVE from the Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, and Comedy Central - Now Playing at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse in Arlington Virginia VA". Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  8. ^ Late Night with Seth Meyers (2015-07-31), Michael Kosta Stand-Up Performance - Late Night with Seth Meyers, retrieved 2016-05-12
  9. ^ "Michael Kosta | Stand-Up Comedian | Comedy Central Stand-Up". Comedy Central. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  10. ^ Staff, Hollywood.com (2015-01-30). "truTV Presents: World's Dumbest... | Full Cast and Credits | 2008". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  11. ^ "Michael Kosta » The Comedy MIX -". www.thecomedymix.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  12. ^ "Just For Laughs - CBC Television". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  13. ^ Molloy, Tim (Dec 7, 2011). "Ross, Brothers, Mirman all developing Comedy Central shows". Reuters. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  14. ^ "Neal Brennan, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kosta, Kevin Smith and Ali Wong taping FOX "Shortcoms"". The Comic's Comic. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  15. ^ Spanninga, Josh. "Michael Kosta Comes Home to Michigan". revuewm.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  16. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew (2011-09-19). "Review: '63rd Primetime Emmy Awards'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  17. ^ AttackOfTheShow (2012-12-05), Eric Andre Talks About His Adult Swim Show, retrieved 2016-05-12
  18. ^ AttackOfTheShow (2012-12-06), T.J. Miller on Hosting Comedy Central's "Mash Up", retrieved 2016-05-12
  19. ^ "Spoilers in the Streets of New York". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nikki Finke, Nellie (2011-01-14). "NBC & Fremantle 'Catch' Game Show Hosts". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  21. ^ Sports, Fox. "Crowd Goes Wild". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  22. ^ "Michael Kosta's 'Comment Section' Finds What's In The Basement Of The Internet". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  23. ^ Comedy For Attractive People, New Wave Dynamics, 2015-01-27, retrieved 2016-06-08
  24. ^ "Worst Birthday Podcast". worstbirthdaypodcast.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  25. ^ "Worst Birthday Podcast with Michael Kosta by Michael Kosta on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  26. ^ Wilson, PF (September 15, 2010). "Comedy: Michael Kosta". CityBeat (Cincinnati, Ohio). Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  27. ^ Dimler, Megan (November 11, 2010). "Michael Kosta Ditches the Racquet for the Mic". Stroud Courier (East Stroudsburg University). Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  28. ^ http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=7791

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