Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and now calling Florida his home, Michael first learned to appreciate the power of laughter by sharing his spontaneous comedic, witty observations on the back of the school bus and in the classroom to deal with his pain and anxiety of being the smallest and the youngest Italian kid in the class from what he thought was the only dysfunctional family in the world.
This skill of turning pain into laughter was later enjoyed and appreciated by the many people and families he helped during his career as counselor. What started as a coping mechanism later became a hobby and then a career in comedy after winning several contests and getting noticed by agents and bookers in the clubs where he practiced his craft.
Michael eventually moved on from the therapy world and business of making people cry to the business of making people laugh until they cry as a full time headlining comedian entertaining at conventions and then clubs, colleges, casinos, condos and cruise ships for the past 25 yrs with his insightful, honest style of comedy.
He also was Tony in long running theater show Tony and Maria’s Wedding, a regular on the the Ron and Fez radio show and a member of the improv troupe Comedy Sportz. He has been heard on Sirius /XM Radio. He is a writer, actor, director and teacher of comedy at the world famous Improv.
Michael knows himself and his audience and isn’t afraid to connect with them with his material or interactions with the crowd.
Listening to Michael is like spending time laughing with an old friend or family member who knows all about you and what you think is funny about it all.
Michael comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable and leaves his crowds feeling better and wanting more.
He uses a variety of techniques including groups, exercises, group therapy and improv techniques designed specifically designed to address the needs of your company. Once he knows more about your companies needs and challenges he can be more specific about what to expect. His workshops are high energy, honest and fun with a goal of real positive change and growth.
Small and large groups alike can benefit from his seminars as well as develop a plan moving forward to continue the work started at the workshop.