Mike Polk

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Mike Polk
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Michael G Polk Jr
BornWarren, Ohio, US
ResidenceCleveland, Ohio, US
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMichael G. Polk Jr
Alma materKent State University
OccupationActor
Comedian
Newspaper columnist
Websitehttp://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. After being raised in Newton Falls, Ohio, he attended Kent State University as an undergraduate and earned a degree in communications and psychology in 2002.[1]

Career[edit]

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]

Awards[edit]

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]

Bibliography[edit]

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

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