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Old 01/15/2004, 02:22 AM
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Full Name: Michael James McDonald [news]
Date of Birth: December 31st, 1964
Place of Birth: Fullerton, CA
Height / Weight: <unknown> / <unknown>
Seasons on MADtv: 4-13 (1998 - 2008)

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Biography:
The longest-running "MADtv" cast member to date did not start out with such career aspirations. After graduating from Servite High School (located in his hometown of Fullerton, California), Michael McDonald pursued a business major at the University of Southern California. Once he received his business degree from USC, Michael accepted a job as a loan officer at a Los Angeles Bank. At one point, he even worked as a kindergarten assistant. In an interview that he granted years later, Michael referred to it as the toughest job he has ever had: "By midday, when the kids were taking their naps, I’d put my head on the desk and take one, too. I was exhausted." Michael does note, however, that some of the inspiration for his most famous "MADtv" character, Stuart, comes from those challenging experiences with the youngsters.

From such inauspicious beginnings, however, Michael would slowly find his way into show business. One night, a friend took him to a show at Los Angeles's famed Groundlings Theater. At the time, Michael was still employed as a loan officer; however, the sketch comedy and improv that he witnessed on that fateful night changed his life forever. Michael immediately quit his banking job to enroll in the Groundlings' improv program; from 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the legendary comedy troupe. He received his first professional acting and writing jobs through Concorde Pictures, the low-budget movie studio owned by the notorious "King of the Bs," Roger Corman. In some films, Michael served merely as an extra; still, according to Michael, even when he was given major roles, the film scripts themselves were so poorly written that he couldn't help thinking, “I may not be a good writer, but I'm no worse than whatever they're doing here.” Once Michael began writing his own scripts, he was even given the chance to direct a couple of films. In fact, at one point in his career, he considered giving up acting altogether so that he could concentrate on writing and directing. As Michael watched his fellow Groundlings leave for "Saturday Night Live" and "MADtv," all the while receiving no such offers himself, he felt certain that he had made the right career move: "I just kind of said, 'I guess it's not going to happen for me,' and I gave up on it."

Ironically, once Michael gave up on his acting pursuits, the offers started rolling in. He tested for not only "Saturday Night Live" and "MADtv" but also a sitcom, all within the span of a week. In 1998, at the start of the show's fourth season, Michael at last became a "MADtv" cast member. Although he began Season Four of "MADtv" as a featured player, he was quickly bumped up to full cast member status. After eight seasons of performing and writing sketches on "MADtv," Michael finally got the chance to direct again as he stepped behind the camera for a few Season 12 episodes.

Michael also found plenty of outside projects to keep him busy during his "MADtv" tenure. In addition to his guest appearances on shows such as "Seinfeld" and "Ellen," Michael had a recurring role on "Scrubs" and was even granted the opportunity to direct a "Scrubs" episode in 2007 ("My Conventional Wisdom"). Among Michael's film credits are brief appearances in all three Austin Powers movies and a starring role in 2006's Moonpie, which also stars one of his former "MADtv" coworkers, Stephnie Weir. Michael even found time to do a little stage work: once again with Stephnie Weir, he starred in the Cape Playhouse production of A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room.

During Michael's tenth season on "MADtv" (Season 13), he was asked if he ever thought about leaving the series. "I’m always thinking about moving on," he admitted. "Some people say, 'Well you know, why don't you move on?' And believe me, I always look around; but right now in television, nobody's making comedy anymore. So it’s one of the few good gigs." While Michael said that he definitely wanted to continue exploring entertainment options outside the parameters of sketch comedy, he still loved working on "MADtv." Ten years after being hired, Michael never seemed to be bored with the series that had been so good to him over the years: "We get to do different stuff every week, so the cure for 'aren't you tired of doing the same thing?' is kind of built into the show, that you get to do new things all the time." Sadly, however, the newness would eventually reach a limit that even Michael could not handle.

After the show's thirteenth season, Michael announced that his ten-year stay on "MADtv" had indeed come to a close. Although he did not give a specific reason for his abrupt departure, many fans suspected that the drastically different Season 13 format for the series, as well as the move to the Henry Fonda Theater that year, disheartened the veteran, who, like the other cast members, had a fondness for the show's old studio and its original, time-honored format. Even so, fans can take solace in the fact that this endlessly talented performed is now free to dedicate himself to those other aforementioned entertainment endeavors, which will surely come his way in droves. While fans will always miss the presence of the long-time "MADtv" cast member, who always seemed somehow synonymous with the series, rest assured that the comedy world certainly has not heard the last of Michael McDonald.

Where are they now?
As of July 2008, Michael McDonald has left "MADtv" after ten seasons. Although Season 13 was Michael's final bow on the sketch comedy series, he continues to explore other entertainment pursuits.

Television - Starring Roles:Television - Guest Roles:Film - Starring Roles:
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Film - Supporting Roles:Other Credits:
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Fun Facts:
  • Before becoming a comedian, Michael worked as a kindergarten aide.
  • Michael was on MADtv longer than any other cast member.
  • In addition to his acting talents, Michael is a director for the final season of Scrubs.
  • Michael has appeared alongside fellow MADtv cast member Nicole Sullivan in 4 different shows outside of MADtv. These shows include Scrubs, Clone High, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and Rita Rocks which Nicole stars.
  • Michael taught swimming at one point in Loara High School, where one of his students was future singer Gwen Stefani.
Famous Catch-Phrases:
  • "Look what I can do!" --Stuart
  • "Let me do it!" --Stuart
  • "Sneaky snakes!" --Sean the Floor Leader
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Old 01/15/2004, 10:58 AM
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Bio from MADtv Official Site

Michael McDonald was born and raised in Orange County, California. He has guest starred on many television shows including "Seinfeld", "Ellen", "Just Shoot Me", and "NewsRadio."

He currently has a recurring role on "Scrubs." Film credits include brief appearances in all three Austin Powers films.

Date of Birth: December 31, 1964 (imdb.com)
Also Credited As: Michael James McDonald (imdb.com)

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Old 01/15/2004, 11:51 PM
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I believe he, like Rusty, went to CalStateFullerton.

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I believe he, like Rusty, went to CalStateFullerton.
Maybe...I know he was raised in Fullerton, California so I guess he went to college in that area also.

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Old 02/10/2004, 11:48 AM
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Default I'll miss the chemistry between Michael and Mo

I love Michael McDonald and one of the things I love most about him was the great chemistry he had with Mo Collins. I mean, she couldn't even look at him without laughing!!!! He must miss her too!
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Old 02/10/2004, 12:45 PM
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Default Re: I'll miss the chemistry between Michael and Mo

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I love Michael McDonald and one of the things I love most about him was the great chemistry he had with Mo Collins. I mean, she couldn't even look at him without laughing!!!! He must miss her too!
I'm sure he does, they both joined the cast during Season 4....

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Old 02/22/2004, 12:20 PM
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aww i know !! i remember in the older shows they would always like *flirt* at the end of the credits....but not shes gone and now he just flirts with stephnie
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Old 02/24/2004, 07:41 PM
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Yeah, I have noticed at the end of the show, that Michael and Mo would like, hug and whisper into each others' ear. It was soo sweet...

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Old 02/24/2004, 08:47 PM
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Maybe it's me, but I don't see how the show will ever be the same without Michael and Mo together. There were so many skits they did together that can't be duplicated without them, together. Debra Wilson will be greatly missed also. It was bad enough when Will Sasso left. I wish they would all have a change of heart and come back to the show!
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There were so many skits they did together that can't be duplicated without them, together.
Yeah, I noticed the other day just how many Lorraine skits Michael appeared in.

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Yeah...I have noticed that, too. Those two were soo sweet together. There was some kind of chemistry going on between them...

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Default Mike on the Drew Carey Show

The Drew Carey Show

TBSP Mar 26 04:30pm Add to My Calendar
Series/Comedy, 30 Mins.

"From the Earth to the Moon", Episode #72.
Drew must go quickly to Mrs. Louder's office in order to get a promotion.

Cast: Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Christa Miller, Kathy Kinney, Craig Ferguson, Ryan Stiles, Ian Gomez, Nan Martin, Patrick Bristow, Karen Lynn Scott, Paul Feig, Robert Machray, Michael James McDonald, Neil Barton.
Director(s): Gerry Cohen.
Producer(s): Bruce Helford, Drew Carey.
Writer(s): Terry Mulroy, Christy Snell.

Original Airdate: May 6, 1998.


I would bold his name but my computer is being stupid. He's credited under Michael James McDonald.

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I'm doing this because I know a lot of people dont take the time to see the schedule and I dont know if alot of this stuff even gets on the schedule or to the attention of whoever does the schedule

Seinfeld


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"The Understudy", Episode #621.
George is suspected of injuring Bette Midler in a softball game.

Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Bette Midler, Adelaide Miller, June Kyoko Lu, Jerry Stiller, John O'Hurley, Amy Hill, Lou Di Maggio, Craig Thomas, Michael James McDonald, Johnny Silver, Johnny Bastiani, Bok Yun Chon, Jason Beck, Vonnie C. Rhee, Bob Shaw, Shirley Prestia.
Director(s): Andy Ackerman.
Producer(s): Larry David, George Shapiro, Howard West.
Writer(s): Marjorie Gross, Carol Leifer.

Original Airdate: May 18, 1995.

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I'm doing this because I know a lot of people dont take the time to see the schedule and I dont know if alot of this stuff even gets on the schedule or to the attention of whoever does the schedule

Seinfeld....
I've added everything you posted today I think. Except for this one, cuz it's local.

You do a good job of finding this stuff scorp. keep up the good work.

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I dont mind doing it so long as I dont get in trouble, and my contributions are acknowledged.

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I dont mind doing it so long as I dont get in trouble, and my contributions are acknowledged.
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I think that all the one's that you brought up were repeats. If its something you find and iit's a repeat, I'll say just go ahead and post in the general forum. If it's something new, send us the info to the news address- and pm someone too if you want.

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I'm sure all the ones I bought up were repeats, but I decided to post them for all the recent joiners who haven't yet seen any of the ones I mentioned.


But if it's something new I'll be sure and pm you with the information, everything else I'll just post in the General Forum.

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I don't know if he went to Cal State, but I do know he attended Notre Dame for awhile, which is cool because I live right near there.

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I've heard that he attended Cal State, but I never knew that he attended Notre Dame. Pretty cool because you live close to it.

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i remember the just shoot me episode he was in..

he played a gay model's sort of butler or something. i am one of the few people who love just shoot me, lol.

Synopsis: Maya and Finch attend designer Oscar Milos's fashion show using Nina's tickets. At the party, a drunken Maya makes some caustic remarks to a newspaper reporter, resulting in Milos pulling $3 million worth of advertising from the magazine. Maya decides to try and get the advertising back herself, without help. Meanwhile, Jack helps Elliott with his new girlfriend. Jack sends Elliott's date poems, flowers and much more in Elliott's name. She ends up dumping Elliott because "he" was smothering her.

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Episode Number 28
First Aired April 23, 1998
Production Code 223
Writer Don Woodard & Tom Maxwell & Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin

Director Jean Sagal


Guest Stars: Dana Carvey (as Oskar Milos) Marcy Kaplan (as Meredith Baker) Michael McDonald (as Reg) Julia Dahl (as Liz Dillon)

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