Mike Polk

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Mike Polk
Michael G Polk Jr
Born Warren, Ohio, US
Residence Cleveland, Ohio, US
Nationality American
Other names Michael G. Polk Jr
Alma mater Kent State University
Occupation Actor
Newspaper columnist
Website http://www.mikepolkjr.com/

Michael G. Polk Jr. is an American comedian, actor, and newspaper columnist, known primarily for his sketch comedy and viral videos.

Early life and education[edit]

Polk was born in Warren, Ohio. He attended Kent State University as an undergraduate and earned a degree in communications and psychology in 2002.[1]


Polk created HBO's Runaway Box / Man in the Box.[2] His work has also appeared on Cinemax and broadcasts of the basketball show "Inside the NBA" on the TNT (TV channel).[3]

He sang his YouTube song "One Semester of Spanish - Love Song"[4] for Kim Kardashian on Spanish television channel Telemundo.[5][6] That video has received over 9.4 million views on YouTube. He thanked his viewers as "Spanish Mike" when the video hit 2 Million views. [7]

Some of his other work includes "Ooh Girl!" - An Honest R&B Song".,[8] "The Great Office War",[9] "The Factory of Sadness"[10] and two different versions of a "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video"[11][12] all of which have about 20 million views combined on YouTube. The tourism spoof video actually prompted Cleveland's convention and tourism bureau to solicit other videos in a 'counterattack' to Polk's not-so-flattering work.[13] Segments of the Cleveland tourism videos were also featured in the Michael Moore documentary film Capitalism: A Love Story.[14][15]

In 2012, Polk became a weekly contributor on The Rizzo Show - a Sunday night sports/comedy program airing WJW channel 8 in Cleveland (the local FOX affiliate).[16]

Polk has also worked for Funny or Die and his current comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland.

In 2016, Polk became a writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, doing periodic columns about pop culture and humor.[17]


Polk was named as one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2010.[18]

In 2013 readers of Scene Magazine voted him to be Cleveland's Best Local Comedian and Best Local Author for his book Damn Right I'm From Cleveland.[19]


Damn Right I'm From Cleveland (2012 ISBN 978-1-938441-07-3)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Kent State ‘down’ with entertainment this weekend". KentWired.com. 
  2. ^ "Mike Polk : Actor : Biography". Symfonee.com. 
  3. ^ "Video Mike Polk's tribute to TNT's coverage of the NBA playoffs". Sports.Yahoo.com. 
  4. ^ "One Semester of Spanish - Love Song". YouTube. September 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Spanish Mike at Telemundo". YouTube. January 14, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Spanish Mike en Mas Vale Tarde". YouTube. February 12, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Spanish Mike-2 Million Viewers". YouTube. January 28, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Ooh Girl!" - An Honest R&B Song". YouTube. March 14, 2008. 
  9. ^ "The Great Office War". YouTube. June 16, 2008. 
  10. ^ "The Factory Of Sadness (A Cleveland Browns Fan's Reaction To Today's Game Against Houston)". YouTube. November 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video". YouTube. April 14, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt". YouTube. April 30, 2009. 
  13. ^ "A counterattack on Mike Polk's Cleveland 'tourism' videos Regina Brett Regina Brett". Cleveland.com. 
  14. ^ "'Capitalism: A Love Story' is classic Michael Moore, but he should have trimmed his target list". Cleveland.com. 
  15. ^ "Moore's Legacy of Visual Protest in Capitalism a Love Story". HASTAC.org. 
  16. ^ http://fox8.com/category/sports/the-rizzo-show/
  17. ^ Polk's debut column - Cleveland.com
  18. ^ "Most Interesting People 2010 - Mike Polk". ClevelandMagazine.com. 
  19. ^ "Best Local Author 2013 - Mike Polk". CleveScene.com. 

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