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Michael G Polk Jr (born August 29, 1977) is an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer, known for his sketch comedy.

Early life and education

Polk was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Kent State University as an undergraduate and earned a degree in communications and psychology in 2001. [1]

Career

Runaway Box

Polk created HBO's Runaway Box / Man in a Box.[2] His work has also appeared on Cinemax and broadcasts of the basketball show "Inside the NBA" on the TNT (TV channel).[3]

Youtube Sensation

He himself sang his YouTube sensation "One Semester of Spanish - Love Song".[4] for Kim Kardashian on spanish television channel Telemundo.[5][6] That video has received over 5.8 million views on YouTube. He thanked his viewers as "Spanish Mike" when the video hit 2 Million views. [7]

Still, he stays humble in thinking that he has the least impressive television credits of all time which include being kissed by a transvestite on the The Jerry Springer Show, once appearing on a short-lived daytime talk show with Steve Gutenberg and Caroline Rhea, singing to Kim Kardashian on Telemundo, and kissing a male friend on The Today show to "make Matt Lauer uncomfortable" which then led to being mentioned by Pat O'Brien on Access Hollywood. [8]

Some of his other work includes "Ooh Girl!" - An Honest R&B Song".[9], "The Great Office War"[10] and two different versions of a "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video"[11][12] all of which have about 20 million views combined on YouTube. The tourism spoof video actually prompted Cleveland's convention and tourism bureau to solicit other videos in a 'counterattack' to Polk's not so flattering work.[13]

Last Call Cleveland

Polk has also worked for Funny or Die and his current comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Mike can also be seen in a new video in which it appears he has smeared poo across his upper lip. This video points out Lebron's distaste to Cleveland.

An avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan, Polk helped put together "Light it Up Like Vegas" that co-starred Jesse Lamovsky, a writer for theclevelandfan.com and Chad Zumock from WMMS. It was an hour long Cavs preseason special for Fox Sports.[14]

Awards

He has also been honored as one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2010.[15]

External links

Notes and references

  1. "Kent State ‘down’ with entertainment this weekend". KentWired.com. 
  2. "Mike Polk : Actor : Biography". Symfonee.com. 
  3. "Video Mike Polk's tribute to TNT's coverage of the NBA playoffs". Sports.Yahoo.com. 
  4. "One Semester of Spanish - Love Song". YouTube. September 10, 2007. 
  5. "Spanish Mike at Telemundo". YouTube. January 14, 2008. 
  6. "Spanish Mike en Mas Vale Tarde". YouTube. February 12, 2008. 
  7. "Spanish Mike-2 Million Viewers". YouTube. January 28, 2008. 
  8. "Mike Polk Has The Worst TV Reel Ever". YouTube. March 23, 2008. 
  9. "Ooh Girl!" - An Honest R&B Song". YouTube. March 14, 2008. 
  10. "The Great Office War". YouTube. June 16, 2008. 
  11. "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video". YouTube. April 14, 2009. 
  12. "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt". YouTube. April 30, 2009. 
  13. "A counterattack on Mike Polk's Cleveland 'tourism' videos Regina Brett Regina Brett". Cleveland.com. 
  14. "FOX Sports Ohio Announces Light It Up Like Vegas". FoxSportsWest.com. 
  15. "Most Interesting People 2010 - Mike Polk". ClevelandMagazine.com. 

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