For other people named Michael McDonald, see Michael McDonald (disambiguation).

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 has also directed several episodes of the NBC, now ABC, comedy-drama series Scrubs, on which he has guest-starred 6 times.

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.

Early life

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."

Cougar Town

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

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Stand Up America Himself
1991 Dance With Death Henry
Uncaged Clean Cut John
1992 Final Judgement Rainy
In the Heat of Passion Nick
Body Waves Squirrely
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
Criminal Hearts Tierney
A Bucket of Blood Dancer
Virtual Seduction Disoriented Man
Baby Face Nelson Reporter
Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero Corey
Carnosaur 2 Evac. Team Pilot
Hideaway Young Cop
Sawbones Prostitute
Twisted Love Stoned Kid
Bloodfist VII: Manhunt Running Officer
Seinfeld Player #2
1996 Carnosaur 3: Primal Species Police Officer Wilson
Seinfeld Jesse
1997 "Ellen" The Guy
NewsRadio Lee
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
Futurama Various
2000 Chump Change Dack
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
2002 Slackers Economics professor
Greg the Bunny Leo
Austin Powers in Goldmember Royal Guard
Scrubs  : Episodes My Case Study & My Blind Date Mike Davis
2003 Clone High Gandhi
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Maitre d'
2004 Outing Riley Andy
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

External links

fi:Michael McDonald (näyttelijä)

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