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Michael Jr. views laughter as the “tangible evidence of hope.” It’s this unique perspective on comedy that sets him apart from his colleagues and allows him to be justas comfortable appearing on late night television as he is in juvenile halls and homeless shelters. Michael calls it comedy accountability. “If I’m in a club, my material has to be clean enough to work in a church. If I’m in a pulpit, it has to be funny enough to work in a club.” Some may say Michael Jr.’s entry into comedy was preordained. Others would call it simply an accident. Years ago in a crowded Grand Rapids, Michigan movie theater, the projector malfunctioned. The film snapped, the house lights came on, and acting on a dare, young Michael jumped in front of the restless crowd and took center stage. When the theater manager tried to usher him out, the audience demanded he stay…and Michael Jr. discovered his gift. Comedian George Wallace offered Michael his first break when he took him to the legendary Comedy Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, home of Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show” staff. The club’s owner slipped Michael onstage…and a week later Michael was performing at the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal, where he became the first comedian to ever appear live via satellite on “The Tonight Show.” That performance catapulted Michael’s career and has resulted in additional appearances on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, TV One, The Late, Late Show, BET's ComicView, Jimmy Kimmel Live, SiTV, CNN, The Tom Joyner Show, The Bob and Tom Show , DayBreak USA and Bryon Allen's Comic Unleashed and ComedyTV. You’ll also find him at the most prestigious comedy clubs across the nation, including The Improv, and The Laugh Factory.