Mike O'Brien (actor)
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|Birth name||Michael Patrick O'Brien|
June 22, 1976 |
Blissfield, Michigan, United States
|Medium||Television, film, acting, writing|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy|
|Notable works and roles||Saturday Night Live, 7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien|
O'Brien moved to Chicago and began taking improv and sketch classes. At iO Chicago he performed with a group called The Reckoning (2001–present). He trained at the Second City in Chicago, eventually joining the company’s mainstage, where he performed for one year as a part of "America: All Better".
In 2015, O'Brien released his sketch comedy album Tasty Radio, featuring many of the cast members and writers he worked with on Saturday Night Live.
Saturday Night Live
O'Brien worked as a staff writer on Saturday Night Live for seven seasons, joining the show in 2009, and he also served as a featured player for one season from 2013 to 2014. After his sole season as a featured player, he left the cast but continued to write for the show in his final season from 2014 to 2015. Some of O'Brien's sketches include "Monster Pals" starring James Franco as well as "Puppet Class" starring Bill Hader. His short films "Grow a Guy" and "The Jay-Z Story" were each given the title card, "A Mike O'Brien Picture" in season 40. After leaving the writing staff in season 41, O'Brien has continued to contribute short films under the title, A Mike O'Brien Picture.
7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien
In 2015 Mike released a comedy sketch album entitled 'Tasty Radio' which features Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis, Vanessa Bayer, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Jorma Taccone, John Lutz and Scarlett Johansson.
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