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Michael appears on 2 Broke Girls airing October 1st on CBS!

Michael co-stars as Ben in the Disney animated web series “Talking Friends”

Besides being the very first animated series based on a smart phone app, the series also breaks ground by using different algorithms for each actor’s voice. Click on Ben to see episode one which already has over 6 million hits!

Michael’s Hulu Plus Super Bowl commercial with Will Arnett

Click the image to see the 30 second version!

Modern Family

Michael plays an odd neighbor with a vague carving hobby on the Emmy Award winning comedy’s episode “Door to Door”.

Click to see the whole episode on Hulu

Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Michael is a featured guest star with Ed Asner on this new CBC series by the creative team of the Tony Award winning “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Slings and Arrows”.

Canadian Comedy Award Nomination

Norm Vs. Cancer nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for “Best One Person Show”!

Michael directed and co-wrote the show with Second City Alum Rob Hawke. It won Best Solo Male Performance at the San Francisco Fringe and is now being performed at hospitals to educate doctors and nurses about patients’ experiences.

Michael moderated Animation Voice Over Casting Panel at AFI Hollywood

Michael moderates casting director panel at SAG Hollywood on “Casting Character Actors”

Wizards of Waverly Place

Michael guest stars with Wilmer Valderrama on the Wizards of Waverly Place.

Fedex Spot

Michael is featured in a  national network campaign for FedEx.

MICHAEL IS NOMINATED FOR A GEMINI!

Michael has been nominated for a Gemini Award (a Canadian Emmy) in the category of “Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series” for his performance in Grossology. He voices the lead role of Ty Archer, part of the brother/sister team who work together to solve crimes too gross for adults. The show is a hilarious CSI for kids and airs daily on Discovery Kids in the U.S., YTV in Canada, and on various other networks around the world.

EASTWICK

Michael played Fidel’s right hand man in ABC’s new series Eastwick.

AFTRA Series – HEALING AND PERFORMANCE MASTERY

Because of the success of the recent panel event on “Healing and Performance Mastery” produced and moderated by Michael, and featuring Larry Moss, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Marice Tobias, and April Daisy White,  AFTRA has expanded the event into a series. Marice and Michael returned in May to present “The  Voice as Mirror of the Mind”, a voice-over workshop. In August, Michael led a workshop called “The Invisible Toolbox: Acting and the Subconscious”.
Here’s a review from blogger Tracy Pattin’s perspective, on Voicebank.

My Name is Earl

Michael appeared with Danny Glover in an episode of “My Name is Earl” on NBC.

Michael plays a prisoner of war being comically water tortured by Glover.

CAPITAL ONE SPOT

Michael played a Visigoth in the new Capital One campaign to air this Fall on network tv.

Boston Market Spot

Watch Michael in this new national network commercial for Boston Market.

Click on the pic of Mikey and the Dummy to go to the Boston Market website and see the commercial – it’s called “8 seconds”.

Hello Tribeca Film Festival!

Michael stars as Rabbi Yosef Sloman, an orthodox rabbi who must choose between his love for the Torah and his penchant for bacon and disco.  Song of Sloman screened at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It was also nominated for the prestigious Golden Sheaf Award for Best Comedy at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival. The film has already screened in Montreal, Victoria, and Toronto festivals and will be making its way to Korea later this year. The film was produced by the Canadian Film Centre and directed by Emmanuel Shirinian.

2 MINUTE PROMO – click here

Michael sits on SAG Conservatory Voice-Over panel

Michael joined voice legend Bill Ratner and Voicebank founder Stewart Wilson-Turner on a panel at the AFI in Hollywood to speak to SAG Conservatory members about being a voice-over artist this past October. The first part of the evening was a Q&A after which each of the three panel members directed each of the 50+ students in reading commercial copy.

Snot, Bugs & Poop

Grossology returns for a second season!! Michael voices the lead character “Ty Archer” in the animated tv series Grossology. The series is a CSI for kids – Ty and sister Abby are Grossologists who solve crimes too gross for adults.

Airs daily in the U.S. on Discovery Kids and in Canada on YTV.

Demo Reel a Winner

Michael’s demo reel was one of four finalists in the Comedy category at the Reel Actors Film Festival in Los Angeles. He also took home the Audience Favorite Award! The demo was edited by the amazing editor and eclipse chaser David Makepeace. Click here to view the reel or go to the Demos page of this website.

Skinheads

Skinheads, a comedy about unlikely friendships, stars Jayne Eastwood, Jonathan Goad, Michael Cohen and Michael Barry, and is directed by Michael Vass. The film recently picked up awards at the Euroshorts International Festival of Short Film in Poland, and the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival in Canada.
Click here to check out the trailer

Cancer Laughs in Prague

Michael and Second City alumnus Rob Hawke returned from Prague where they debuted F*ck You Cancer, a terminally funny one-man show, at the Prague Fringe Festival. Michael directed, Rob conceived the show, and the duo co-wrote. The show was also produced as part of the Bad Dog Short Play Festival in Toronto.

Clown Ballet

Michael and dancer/choreographer Donna Marie Baratta opened the International Clown and Circus Festival in Toronto with their clown ballet turn choreographed to Sleeping Beauty. Donna Marie has performed with Mickey Rooney in Crazy For You and in Livent’s production of Sunset Boulevard. She knows ballet. Michael doesn’t. She’s tall. He’s not. It was funny.