Michael James McDonald (born December 31st, 1964) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director, best known for starring in the sketch comedy show MADtv. McDonald joined the show during the fourth season (1998) and remained in the cast until the end of the thirteenth and penultimate season, having become the longest-tenured cast member. While on the show, he developed many memorable characters. He was a contributing writer and director on MADtv.
McDonald currently divides his time between writing, directing, and acting on various film and television projects, as well as performing live on stage across the country.
McDonald graduated from St. Juliana Catholic Elementary School in Fullerton, California and later went to Servite High School in Anaheim, California, and graduated from the University of Southern California with a business degree. While at USC, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He worked as a loan officer at a bank in Los Angeles.
After college, a friend took McDonald to see an improv comedy show at Groundling Theater. McDonald quit his job at the bank and enrolled in Groundling's improv program. He was a member of the troupe from 1992 to 1997. During that time, he was also involved in writing and directing films for Roger Corman.
Later on, McDonald would guest star in such shows as Seinfeld (in two episodes playing two different parts), Just Shoot Me!, Family Matters, Scrubs and NewsRadio. He also made brief appearances in all three Austin Powers movies. McDonald had a starring role with Will Forte and Nicole Sullivan on the short-lived MTV show Clone High as the voice of Gandhi.
Stand Up Comedy
Michael is currently touring at stand up comedy clubs across the country. His new one hour stand up comedy special 'Model.Citizen' will premiere on Showtime. Filmed in Orange County at the OC Pavilion, it has been described as "Part stand-up comedy, part one man show, this special is for anyone who – like Michael – finds humor in the strange world all around us."
McDonald is a writer, director, and producer of the ABC show Cougar Town
Has directed 5 episodes of the show
- Letting You Go, 2010
- Everything Man, 2010
- When a Kid Goes Bad, 2010
- Stop Dragging My Heart Around, 2010
- Don't Come Around Here No More, 2009
Wrote the Episode of Cougar Town entitled, " Wake Up Time"
McDonald joined the cast of MADtv in 1998, and has since become the cast member with the longest tenure in the history of the show (10 seasons). He has performed several recurring characters, including Stuart Larkin, Rusty Miller, Marvin Tikvah, Sean Gidcomb, Bible Dude, Mofaz the Depressed Persian Tow Truck Driver, and F. Michael McKrofsky of "Real M*********ing Talk". McDonald also performs impressions of celebrities and well-known figures, including Al Gore, Bob Barker, John Kerry, Dr. Phil, Bill O'Reilly, Maury Povich, Chris Martin, Steve Jobs, Mel Gibson, Chris Hansen, Roy Horn, Ozzy Osbourne, John Ramsey, Freddie Prinze, Jr., J. K. Simmons (as Mac McGuff, Juno's father), William Petersen (as Gil Grissom), Jack Coleman (as Noah Bennet), Hugh Laurie (as Gregory House), Hugh Beaumont (as Ward Cleaver), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw), Dr. Drew, Adam Sandler, Howie Mandel, Dick Cheney, Clint Eastwood, Gray Davis, Simon Cowell, JC Chasez, Bruce Jenner, Michael Richards, Chris Burke, Charlie Sheen (as Charlie Harper (Two and a Half Men)), David Schwimmer (as Ross Geller), Jeff Probst, Tim Gunn (Project Runway), Howard K. Stern, Tommy Lee, Bob Goen, Criss Angel, Jeff Foxworthy, Saddam Hussein, Matthew Good, Daniel Powter, Larry David, Barry Gibb, and Brad Garrett.
McDonald was the last member of the cast to have appeared on the show during the 1990's, and the last cast member to have been born in the 1960s.
After 10 years on MADtv, Michael left the show, but was still a contributing writer/director.
McDonald is the only cast member to have a BEST OF Compilation Episode on MADtv.
Television and film appearances
|1987||Stand Up America||Himself|
|1991||Dance With Death||Henry|
|Uncaged||Clean Cut John|
|In the Heat of Passion||Nick|
|Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation||Disc Jockey|
|1993||Full Contact||Uncredited Role|
|The John Larroquette Show||Phil|
|Family Matters : Episode 4-24 Buds 'n' Buns||Manager of the Mighty Weenie|
|1994||In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful||Bartender|
|Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love||Party Guest|
|Revenge of the Red Baron||Psychiatrist|
|No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn||Evil Hypnotist|
|The Unborn II||Welfare Worker #1|
|Leprechaun 2||Bar owner who was comically killed by Leprechaun with an overheated espresso machine.|
|1995||The Crazysitter||Mr. Smith|
|A Bucket of Blood||Dancer|
|Virtual Seduction||Disoriented Man|
|Baby Face Nelson||Reporter|
|Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero||Corey|
|Carnosaur 2||Evac. Team Pilot|
|Twisted Love||Stoned Kid|
|Bloodfist VII: Manhunt||Running Officer|
|1996||Carnosaur 3: Primal Species||Police Officer Wilson|
|Casper: A Spirited Beginning||Sarcastic Protester|
|Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Security guard crushed by a steam roller|
|1998||The Drew Carey Show||Parking attendant|
|Casper Meets Wendy||The Human Stretch|
|Richie Rich's Christmas Wish||Montgomery|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||NATO Soldier|
|Banned in America: The World's Sexiest Commercials||Host|
|2001||Passions||The face in the pool|
|Invader Zim||Voices: Robo-dad, Irken crew member, electronic voice and various minor characters.||Voiced two 2001 episodes and two 2006 episodes|
|Greg the Bunny||Leo|
|Austin Powers in Goldmember||Royal Guard|
|Scrubs : Episodes My Case Study & My Blind Date||Mike Davis|
|Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Maitre d'|
|2005||Fat Actress||Sam Rascal||Played agent of titular character|
|Desperate Housewives||Steven||'Silly People' episode|
|All Grown Up||Jason Matheny|
|2006||Talkshow with Spike Feresten||Himself||Guest-starred|
|7th Heaven||Edward Jameson||Guest-starred: (2005-2007)|
|Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||Himself||Guest starred- for two episodes in Iraq|
|2007||Scrubs : Episode 6-20 My Conventional Wisdom||Voice of Dr. Toilet||Also directed this episode.|
|Moonpie||Mitch Henderson||Main Role|
|2008||MADtv (1998-2008)||Various||Has appeared in 239 episodes (Season 4-13)|
|Scrubs : Episode 7-08 My Manhood||Patient's Husband||Also directed this episode.|
|Hannah Montana||Chef Duncan Keats||guest|
|MADtv||Director||Has Directed in 4 episodes|
|2009||Kath & Kim||Judge from Parade of Homes||guest|
|MADtv||Himself||First Cast Member to have his own "Best of" Special.|
|Scrubs Episode 8-18 My Finale||Mr. Copper|
|Reaper Season 2 Episode 11||Mr. Sprong||Target of escaped soul.|
|2010||Michael McDonald: Model.Citizen||Himself||One hour stand up comedy special on Showtime|
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
|Episode Number||Episode Title||Airdate||Notes|
|01 (Season 1)||Hot to Tot||August 10, 2005|
|02 (Season 2)||Red State, Blue State||June 13, 2006|
|03 (Season 2)||Iraq||June 20, 2006|
|04 (Season 2)||Rocket Attack||June 27, 2006|
|05 (Season 4)||No Time for Siestas||July 17, 2008|
|06 (Season 4)||What's Woz's Love Got to Do with It||August 7, 2008|
|09 (Season 4)||Red, White and Don't Be Blue||August 14, 2008|
|07 (Season 5)||Grammy Shmammy||June 22, 2009|
|08 (Season 5)||Paris Is My New BFF||June 29, 2009|
|09 (Season 5)||Maggie's Bucket List||July 6, 2009|
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